Sunglass Hut employee recognizes repeat thief, secretly snaps photo

BRANDON — It was the second time the young man walked into the Sunglass Hut in the Brandon mall and grabbed a handful of sunglasses, deputies say.

"You aren't going to like me for this, but I don't care," he told an employee on Thursday.

He fled the Westfield Mall with $1,800 worth of shades that day. A week earlier, he got away with $1,760, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

However, on Thursday an employee recognized the young man when he walked into the store. The worker grabbed his iPad and as the thief left, he snapped a clear photo.

On Monday, deputies released the photo.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 18 and 21 years old, between 5-foot-10 and 6-feet, between 170 and 180 pounds, with brown hair and beard stubble.

Deputies ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Sunglass Hut employee recognizes repeat thief, secretly snaps photo 06/24/13 [Last modified: Monday, June 24, 2013 5:16pm]

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