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Detectives asking for public's assistance to identify suspects in jewelry store burglary

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 20-142

Date

Saturday May 30, 2020 10:30 PM

Location

Shalimar Jewelers 7853 N. 56th Street Tampa, Florida
Detectives asking for public's assistance to identify suspects in jewelry store burglary

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help to identify multiple suspects who forced entry into Shalimar Jewelers, located at 7853 N. 56th Street in Tampa.
 
The incident occurred on May 30 at 10:30 p.m., during overnight protests in Hillsborough County. The suspects were able to get away with several thousands of dollars worth of jewelry. 
 
Only one of the suspects removed his face covering (see photo below). Several dozens of people were outside, in the jewelry store parking lot, while this offense took place. 
 
"Our deputies and staff are working very hard to protect the public while people peacefully protest," Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Instead, these suspects took advantage of the circumstances, burglarizing the store, and getting away with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry. Business owners are already struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now they are forced to deal with the consequences of people who are looting stores during this difficult time. This type of behavior is despicable and will not be tolerated here in Hillsborough County."

If you have information that might help identify and apprehend these suspects, you're asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.

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