Burglary Suspects Use Stolen Truck to Crash Into Tampa Businesses in Wake of Irma

Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies were investigating two burglaries where suspects crashed a vehicle into a store in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The burglaries are in addition to the looting incidents deputies also were investigating.

One burglary was reported on Sunday, September 10, at Teresa’s Food Mart in Tampa. The second was at Tampa Bay Power Sports on Monday, also in Tampa. The sheriff’s office released video from both incidents.

At Teresa’s Food Mart, a four-door white Ford F150 crashed into the front of the store, allowing four men to gain entry, officials said in a press release. The men took numerous items, and the vehicle had been reported stolen on September 10, officials said.

In the second incident, at Tampa Bay Power Sports, multiple suspects stole seven dirt bikes that were collectively valued at over $38,000, officials said in a press release. The suspects had rammed the side of the business with a vehicle to gain entry. Officials said the type of the vehicle used was unknown. The suspects also damaged multiple motorcycles by pushing them over, breaking mirrors and tearing off bumpers, the press release said. Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful