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Monday, Sep 01, 2014

Pinellas man sought in break-ins, credit-card fraud


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Pinellas County sheriff’s detectives are searching for a man who broke into a house and car in February and stole credit cards. The credit cards were later used at locations throughout the Tampa Bay area.

The burglaries took place on Feb. 19, deputies said. First, the man broke into a home on the 2600 block of Bellhurst Drive in Dunedin. Later that day, he broke into a car on the 300 block of 12th Avenue in Indian Rocks Beach.

Detectives later discovered that credit cards taken during the burglaries were used in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

The suspect was described by investigators as white, in his early 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was driving a newer model, silver or gray Nissan 350Z convertible.

Surveillance images of the suspect were released by investigators.

Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Jason Loftus at (727) 582-6200. Or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.

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