VEHICLES AT APARTMENTS BURGLARIZED: Three north Tampa apartment complexes were targeted last week by burglars who broke into vehicles between Wednesday night and early Thursday and stole items including stereos, wallets and purses, police said. Investigators aren't sure whether all three incidents are related, but they happened within the same window of time, and the apartment complexes are within a few miles of one another, Tampa police spokesman Joe Durkin said. Seven vehicles were burglarized _ three at Camden Live Oaks, two at Compton Palms and two at the Enclave apartments, according to police reports.
At the Enclave, the windows of a 1998 Ford Expedition and a 2002 Mazda Protege were smashed out between 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday, police said. At Compton Palms, windows were broken to gain entry into a 2001 Chevy Tahoe and a 1998 Ford Ranger between 1 and 8 a.m. Thursday. The break-ins at Live Oaks happened between 3 and 6 a.m. and involved a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire, a 2002 Ford Ranger and a 1999 Ford Expedition, police said.
TEENS FACE PRISON IN BOMB THREAT: Three teenagers face the possibility of prison time, expulsion from school and fines after they were arrested Tuesday on charges of calling in a fake bomb threat that forced the evacuation of all Hillsborough schools.
The incident was the first time this year administrators had to order a full evacuation of all 210 school buildings, school district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said. It came just after students were getting back to class after losing four school days to the threat of hurricanes.
Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said the teens _ Chancey Blanton, 17, Donald Wells, 16, and Brandon Hill, 17 _ called 911 at 1:12 p.m. from a coin laundry phone booth at 1809 N 34th St. They said there was "a bomb in a Hillsborough school," McElroy said. All schools were evacuated while trained teams of school staffers searched campuses for suspicious boxes or devices, Cobbe said.
Each teen faces one count of making a false bomb threat, a felony punishable by as much as 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Each also faces 210 counts of disrupting a school function, a misdemeanor.
Cobbe said the teens have been suspended for 10 days, and officials will recommend they be expelled from the county school system or moved to an alternative school.