Tampa detectives need help identifying Cars of Tampa auto burglary suspect

Posted at 7:55 AM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 10:18:14-05

Tampa Police are asking for help to identify a man entering vehicles on the Cars of Tampa lot.

Detectives say between 5:41 and 6:02 a.m. on Monday, November 28, an unknown black man rode a white women's bicycle onto the used auto dealership's lot located at 10409 Florida Avenue.

Surveillance videos captured the man entering two unlocked vehicles, but not taking any property.

The man then walked his bicycle and a pressure washer to the front of the lot. Police say he then walked north on Florida Avenue and hid the bicycle before returning to the lot and attempting to enter additional vehicles.

A burglar alarm went off when the man tried to leave with the pressure washer. The man was last seen running southbound toward Bougainvillea Avenue East.

Detectives describe the suspect as a black man, approximately 5'9" tall, weighing 160 to 170 lbs., with a medium complexion and thin goatee. He was wearing a dark colored jacket, light colored cargo pants, black Jordan sneakers and a blue-and-white skull cap.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for a tip that leads to the identification and arrest of the burglar. To be eligible for the reward, submit your tip by calling (800) 873-8477 or online at