Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Public safety

Sock puppet burglar hits Brandon Chevron

The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office is looking for a sock puppet burglar.

They say a man robbed a Chevron station at 202 W Brandon Blvd. in Brandon at 4:31 a.m. Jan. 18.

Let's go to the news release for the details: "The suspect forced entry to the Chevron by breaking the front window located next to the entry door. Once inside the suspect forced open the cash register and removed cash. He then searched through several cabinets, located cigarettes and placed cigarette cartons in a bag. The suspect then fled the scene."

Oh, and he was wearing socks on his hands, along with a hoodie, and what appeared to be dress pants and shoes.

The burglar is described as a white male, 30 to 49 years old, 5 feet 11 and 190 pounds, with a large build. (From the news release: "more fat than muscular in appearance.")

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200. Anyone with information regarding the identity and whereabouts of the burglar, and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477. You can also make an anonymous report online at www.crimestopperstb.com or text "CSTB" plus your tip to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S).

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