Tampa police have charged four men they say are responsible for a rash of stolen rims since 2012.
Early this morning, police began following a van that was reported stolen in Orange County as it traveled westbound on Interstate 4 toward Tampa, when they say the men left the van and began stealing the rims off several vehicles in the 4100 block of West Nassau Street.
Police say two of the men were bitten by K-9 dogs while trying to escape. They were treated at a local hospital and released.
A handgun that was stolen in Winter Park was recovered on the ground near where they attempted to steal the rims, police say.
The suspects are: Ladarrin J. Green, 19, 406 W. Ella J. Gilmore St., Apopka; Graylin Hughley, 21, 236 17th St. E., Apopka; Leroy D. Matthews, 23, 1622 Fay St. Apt. A., Cocoa; and Jeremy J. Rudolph, 29, 1334 S. Hawthorn St., Apopka.
Each of them is charged with four counts of armed auto burglary, seven counts of grand theft, five counts of possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest without violence, five counts of grand theft auto, seven counts of auto burglary, two counts of burglary of dwelling, and two counts of felony criminal mischief.