TAMPA — Deputies have arrested three burglars who targeted at least seven businesses and a home, mainly in the Brandon area, Sheriff Chad Chronister said.
Each time, the suspects would pry open the door or enter through a window. They made off with more than $13,000 worth of items from June 16 to July 20.
“The sad part is these items are just a fraction of what was actually stolen by two individuals and brokered for a profit by a third person over the course of a month,” Chronister said Thursday.
On June 23, Joshua Vining, 36, who was out on bond for previous burglaries, broke into a storage unit parked at the Brandon First Church of the Nazarene, taking a number of power tools, the Sheriff’s Office said. Days later, he is accused of breaking into the Chopsticks Restaurant on East Brandon Boulevard, making off with cash and an iPad.
Vining also broke into the Oakfield Lanes Bowling Alley, Miller Construction, the Atomik Carbon Bike Shop in Brandon, and Brandon Lighting, the Sheriff’s Office said. Items stolen included Apple computers, laptops, headphones, camping gear, fans, and money.
During the burglaries, Jason Slater, 46, either helped remove property or later sold it to a local pawnshop. The duo also worked with Brad Krantz, 34, to sell the goods. Krantz was out on bond for aggravated battery.
Krantz purchased some of the stolen merchandise from Vining and Slater, later reselling it online or from his home in the 5000 block of Barron Oaks Place in Plant City.
Deputies traced some of the sold items back to the suspects. All three suspects were located and arrested between July 22-23.
A court-authorized search warrant was conducted at Krantz's home during his arrest. Stolen items from five of the business burglaries were recovered.
Vining faces charges including burglary, grand theft, possession of heroin and resisting an officer without violence.
Slater faces theft-related charges and is charged with dealing in stolen property. Krantz also is facing a charge of dealing in stolen property.
Anyone in the Brandon area who is the victim of a recent burglary was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.