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Vandals use sledgehammer to break into Metro PCS store in Tampa; are they Bucs fans?

Detectives released surveillance video in the hopes of identifying the suspects.
Two men used a sledgehammer to punch a hole through the wall of a Metro PCS Store in an attempt to burglarize the business Thursday in Tampa. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Two men used a sledgehammer Thursday to punch a hole through the wall of a Metro PCS Store in Tampa in an attempt to burglarize the business, deputies said.

But that wasn’t the most brazen part of the act.

Both were wearing bright red Tampa Bay Buccaneers gear.

Surveillance video shows the two men approaching the store at 4309 Gunn Highway on foot around 5 a.m. One, approximately 5 feet, 9 inches with a medium build and short dark hair, is wearing a long-sleeved Buccaneers shirt, red bandana, blue jeans and dark shoes.

The other is wearing a Buccaneers hat, red, short-sleeved shirt with a long-sleeved white shirt underneath, gray sweatpants, red shoes and gloves.

The men are later seen leaving towards Hubert Avenue shortly before deputies arrived.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office released the video to the public Friday in the hopes of identifying and arresting the suspects.

Detectives ask that anyone who recognizes the suspects call the Sheriff’s Office (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).