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Tampa man accused of breaking into Hurricane Ian relief trucks, stealing tools

Officers were called to a staging area on E Bird Street after security caught a man trying to break into vehicles and detained him, police said.
Bryan Antonio Cirino Ortiz, 35, of Tampa was arrested after police say he broke into two disaster relief vehicles and stole power tools early Tuesday morning.
Bryan Antonio Cirino Ortiz, 35, of Tampa was arrested after police say he broke into two disaster relief vehicles and stole power tools early Tuesday morning. [ Photo provided / Tampa Police Department ]
Published Oct. 4|Updated Oct. 5

A 35-year-old Tampa man was arrested after police say he broke into two disaster relief vehicles and stole power tools early Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to a hurricane relief staging area at 701 E Bird St. around 4:30 a.m. after security workers reported catching a man trying to break into vehicles and detained him, according to the Tampa Police Department.

Investigators determined the man, identified as Bryan Antonio Cirino Ortiz, had stolen power tools from a Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup truck and a bucket truck, police said in a news release Tuesday afternoon. The tools were recovered.

Ortiz was arrested and booked into a Hillsborough County jail, where he is being held on a bail of $4,000, jail records show. He is facing two charges of burglary of an unoccupied conveyance.

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