St. Pete Police search for thief who is seen on video stealing gun from truck

Posted at 11:11 PM, Mar 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-23 06:00:26-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Pete Police have released surveillance video that shows an unknown suspect on a bicycle breaking into two vehicles just after midnight Tuesday morning. 

The theft happened in the 3200 block of 11th Avenue North. 

"It just makes me upset every time I watch that video," said Carl Aarons. 

The thief broke into Aarons' truck and his sister's car. 

"Somebody is so young and ignorant," said Aarons. "He just rolls in, he doesn't know whose house it could have been."

The unknown suspect got away with electronics, including an iPad, and Aarons' pistol. 

"Well, the biggest concern is does he know the manpower behind it? Is he trained enough to even use it?"

ABC Action News has discovered, 189 guns were stolen from vehicles in 2016. That crime dropped 17% (157 guns stolen) the following year. St. Pete Police tell us 19 guns have been reported stolen from vehicles so far in 2018. 

"I hope we all can look out for each other because in the end, these are kids taking stuff that we worked hard for," said Aarons. 

Police were able to track the iPad to an abandoned house a couple miles away, but have not recovered the stolen gun. 

If you have any helpful information, call (727) 893-7780 or text the keyword "SPPD" and your anonymous tip to TIP-411 (847-411).