Detectives clear hundreds of outstanding warrants

TAMPA, Fla. - Hillsborough County investigators are tracking down people who are running from the law in record numbers. This year, detectives have cleared hundreds of outstanding warrants.

Gennaro Scarfogliero, a detective with the Warrants and Extradition Unit said, "When you get a little lead, you follow the next one."

Detective Scarfogliero has been following those leads, searching databases and tracking suspects' criminal histories. "I'll search every format that I can search that I have access to. We'll check all those and try to come up with anything we can. Banking information, motor vehicle searches and a vast array of other things."

Colonel Donna Lusczynski with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says the unit is a big help to the community.  "Most people who have warrants don't want to be found. They're going to people's houses that may or may not have guns. They don't know what they're facing when they go to that door."

The division has cleared more than 1,600 warrants this year alone. That includes around 200 arrests.

Because the cases date back to the 1970's, around 500 suspects are dead. The rest of the cases were dismissed by the State of Florida.

Many of the suspects leave an electronic footprint.  "So much has changed with the advent of laptops and the internet and different database searches and Facebook and Myspace and it makes it a little bit easier now to do the long-term research," said Scarfogliero.

Detectives have found and arrested people as far away as Alaska and they will stay busy this summer. Because the more cases they clear, the more they say keep coming in. Hillsborough County investigators are tracking down people who are running from the law in record numbers. This year, detectives have cleared hundreds of outstanding warrants.

Gennaro Scarfogliero is with the Warrants and Extradition Unit. Scarfogliero said, "When you get a little lead, you follow the next one."

Detective Scarfogliero has been following those leads, searching databases and tracking suspects' criminal histories. "I'll search every format that I can search that I have access to. We'll check all those and try to come up with anything we can. Banking information, motor vehicle searches and a vast array of other things."

Colonel Donna Lusczynski with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says the unit is a big help to the community.  "Most people who have warrants don't want to be found. They're going to people's houses that may or may not have guns. They don't know what they're facing when they go to that door."

The division has cleared more than 1,600 warrants this year alone. That includes around 200 arrests.

Because the cases date back to the 1970's, around 500 suspects are dead. The rest of the cases were dismissed by the State of Florida.

Many of the suspects leave an electronic footprint.  "So much has changed with the advent of laptops and the internet and different database searches and Facebook and Myspace and it makes it a little bit easier now to do the long-term research," said Scarfogliero.

Detectives have found and arrested people as far away as Alaska and they will stay busy this summer. Because the more cases they clear, the more they say keep coming in.

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