Is This Your Stolen Property?
Tampa Police recovered several items stolen during residential burglaries throughout Tampa over the past year. Is this your stuff?
Duane Armstrong, 34, of Sulphur Spring was arrested on charges of burglary, grand theft, and petit theft, on Thursday, April 19, according to Tampa Police Department.
The alleged serial burglar committed dozens of burglaries throughout Tampa and possibly Hillsborough County and other surrounding counties over the past year, according to Tampa Police. He has been charged in connection with several burglaries in the Temple Terrace area.
A search warrant was executed at Armstrong's residence at 8502 N. 15th St., where Tampa Police District 2 officers discovered a variety of stolen items, such as jewelry, foreign money, firearms, and electronics, said Tampa police Lt. Mary O’Connor during a press conference on Friday, April 20.
Now, detectives are looking for owners to return the property.
“What we are trying to do is reunite the property with their rightful owners," said O’Connor.
Police officers made a few matches but some stolen goods are still unclaimed.
“There are lot of unusual items that people will see and recognize,” said O’Connor. “There’s currency from several different countries, there are class rings, Nooks, iPads, and several unique items that hopefully we can get back to their rightful owners.”
Why didn’t Armstrong sell the stolen property?
“I can only speculate that pawn shops did not want those stuff, which is why he still had them,” said O’Connor. “Lucky for us he still had them and lucky for the victims.”
O’Connor said that it is very important for folks to copy down the serial number of their electronics and other items or to put an unique identifier on them, in order to be more easily recovered if stolen.
If you have been the victim of a burglary during the past year and have not recuperated your stolen property yet, check out the photo gallery with the recovered items.
If you recognize your property, contact Tampa Police District 2 at 813-931-6500.