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Saturday, Apr 19, 2014
Crime & Courts

St. Pete seeking suspect in theft of window film


St. Petersburg police have released a photo of a suspect wanted in connection with the theft of window tint film from a warehouse.

Officers first investigated a burglar alarm at 4:53 p.m. Sunday at Madico Window Films Inc. warehouse at 2788 Fairfield Ave. S. They checked the business but were unable to get close to the building because it was surrounded with barbed-wire fencing, police said. They did not notice any damage to the fencing or exterior doors.

Another alarm went out at 6:45 p.m., and when officers returned they noticed a handle on a fire door was in an upright position, where it had been horizontal earlier, according to police.

Madico’s owner Terry Eldridge came to the business and found several rolls of expensive window tint missing from inside of the warehouse, police said.

Investigators also found the fire door had a faulty door lock that could be twisted and then opened. A black glove, possibly left by the suspect, was found inside.

Police reviewed images from a surveillance camera and found photographs of the suspect – dressed the same each time – getting into the business via the fire door twice before: at 8:38 p.m. Friday and 9:47 a.m. Saturday.

The suspect has a mustache and slight chin hair, and was wearing a light-colored or gray hooded sweatshirt, black T-shirt underneath and light-colored pants, police said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police Communications Center at (727) 893-7780. To remain anonymous, contact the Tip Line at (727) 892-5000 or Text a Tip to (727) 420-8911.