Robert writes...

As you can see below, the season is upon us for criminals venturing into our community to do wrong. Please be vigilant for yourself and others this holiday season.


Burglary Business


8000 Blk of N 78 Street

Entry into location by unknown suspect/s thru an unlocked window

Stolen Vehicle


6906 East Fowler Ave

Budget Rental car not returned. Vehicle was a 2012 Infiniti G37 bearing FL Tag #AEYS94.

Stolen Vehicle


11000 Blk Skylake Place

Motorcycle was taken sometime during the weekend. Motorcycle was a 2002 Honda CRV954CC bearing FL Tag #4839LI.

Stolen Vehicle


Fishermans Apartments


2003 Black Honda Black Bird 1100cc M/C FL tag 8815LH. Entered F/NCIC

Burglary Residence


8700 Blk. Of Orange Leaf Court

Forced entry through a window. Electronics taken. Occurred sometime between 1845 and 0450.



500 Blk of Courtney Drive

Two Bicycles stolen from open carport. Unknown suspects

Stolen Vehicle


8700 Blk of Orange Oaks Circle

Possibly forgot where he last parked it, but is stating it was stolen. Blue 2004 Jaguar 4-dr.

Burglary Residence


Brentwood Apartments

Generators stolen from a vacant apartment. Entry made by breaking the sliding glass doors at the rear of the location

Burglary Auto In Progress


8700 Blk of Temple Terrace Hwy

Subject was caught breaking into victim’s truck. Victim restrained suspect until Law Enforcement arrival. Christopher L Steinke, W/M, 6/15/79



8900 Blk of Orange Oaks Circle

Bicycle taken from back patio between 0900hrs and 1630hrs. Unknown suspect(s)

Burglary Business


13000 Blk of Telecom Drive

Door lock pried from rear door of a vacant business and copper taken from several A/C Units.

TECO has issued a customer warning of a scam happening in their service area.


Tampa Electric continues to warn customers about prepaid debit card scam

TAMPA, December 19, 2012

A scammer demanding a prepaid debit card continues to call Tampa Electric customers under the guise of avoiding disconnection.

Because this scam continues to affect Tampa Electric customers – and because December is Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month – Tampa Electric would like to remind customers to be wary of anyone demanding payment over the phone for their power bill.

This scam first surfaced in the summer: Someone impersonating a Tampa Electric representative calls a customer and claims the account is past due. The caller demands the customer buy a prepaid debit card from a local drug store and call back with the card’s number to avoid disconnection. In about five cases, the scammer ensnared customers.

Tampa Electric never calls to ask for credit card or debit card numbers. 

If you are uncertain about an individual's association with Tampa Electric, please contact the company for verification:

In Hillsborough County, call 


In Polk County, call 


In all other areas, call 


All Tampa Electric team members and contractors working for Tampa Electric are required to carry photo identification cards. If someone claiming to be a Tampa Electric representative visits your home or business, request to see an ID badge or call the company to verify his or her identity.

Tampa Electric CompanyHYPERLINK "" is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy Inc.HYPERLINK "" (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company with regulated utility operations in Florida, including both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas SystemHYPERLINK "" . Tampa Electric serves nearly 676,000 customers in West Central Florida. TECO Energy’s other major subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia.