180 storage units burglarized in three weeks

TAMPA - Deputies are searching for two suspects who pried open and burglarized 72 storage units in the Town 'n' Country area.  Similar burglaries have occurred at five facilities in recent weeks.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, five different storage facilities were burglarized between May 29 and June 16, including U Store U Lock (30 units), 6207 Hillsborough Ave. on May 29, Public Storage (11 units), 6286 W. Waters Ave. and People's Storage (11 units), 5907 W. Linebaugh Ave., both on June 7, and Uncle Bob's (72 units), 8354 W. Hillsborough Ave. and the Uncle Bob's (65-75 units), 7550 W. Waters Ave., both on June 15.

The surveillance video below is from the Uncle Bob's Storage at 8354 W. Hillsborough Ave. Two unidentified males seen in the video pried open 72 storage units with a screwdriver, walked through the units and took very few items. The other cases have been similar.

One suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic male with short hair, with a thin build. He appears to be 18 to 24 years old. He has two large tattoos on his right bicep and tricep. 

The tattoo appears to be some type of figure and the suspect was wearing some type of bracelet on his right wrist.

The second suspect as not clearly identified in surveillance video, but both suspects wore a piece of cloth covering half of their face and gloves.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the suspects in this case.

Anyone with any |information regarding the identity and whereabouts of these suspects and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS(8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).

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