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Man wearing Gasparilla beads breaks into courthouse

Published Jan. 28, 2013

TAMPA — A young man wearing strands of Gasparilla pirate parade beads, and apparently drunk, broke into the Hillsborough County Courthouse on Saturday night, authorities said. But he fled before he could be detained.

It began shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The shirtless man broke a glass door and entered the courthouse annex at 801 E Twiggs St. Then security officers found him next door at the Edgecomb Courthouse, 800 E Twiggs.

The guards intended to get medical treatment for him, but he left before law enforcement officers arrived, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

The episode was captured on surveillance video, and the Sheriff's Office said it hopes to release images from that this week.

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