OMG PD: Stolen Mail, Stolen Beer, Lots of Guns

We compile the odd, unusual and ‘oh my gosh’ police items from throughout the Tampa Bay region.

Man Robs Same Place Twice on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says that a man broke in to the same Walgreens twice in less than two hours. On the first trip, he made off with beer and cigarettes. Later, he broke into the pharmacy and tried to steal pain medication, according to a press release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

According to the release, on Dece. 24, at 1:29 a.m., a man between 30 and 40 years of age smashed the door of Walgreens, 3890 Van Dyke Road in Lutz.

Once inside, he took one case of Budweiser beer and two cases of Bud Light beer, they say. He also stole two cartons of Marlboro cigarettes before leaving the store, the release states. 

Grinch Steals Christmas Mail

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Christmastime mail theft spree in the Riverview area.

At least 100 people in three subdivisions were struck overnight, Bloomingdale Patch reports.

The 13-year-old required treatment at a local hospital, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. Deputies described the bites as 'severe.'

Mark Bill was armed with an AR-15 rifle, Mossberg 500 pistol grip shot gun, a Colt 45 pistol and three knives, according to Clearwater Patch.

According to police, Bill was "heavily armed" and fired at officers who came to his house to check on his welfare. Additional guns and ammunition were found inside of his home as well as a grenade. The Tampa Bay Bomb Squad responded early Monday morning and determined it was non-explosive.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help to identify a bank burglar they say breaks in after-hours and then leaves without taking anything from his crime scenes.

The serial burglar has so far been connected to nine burglaries in three separate counties. In the two Hillsborough cases, the man broke into his target banks and left without anything to show for his efforts.


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