Sherriff's Office Searching for Courthouse Burglar

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on January 36th, a shirtless man wandered into the Hillsborough County Courthouse and began wandering the building without any obvious intent. The shirtless man in camouflage shorts entered the courthouse by smashing a glass door until it shattered. Security cameras show the young man between 22 and 29 years of age wandering through the halls wearing Gasparilla beads around his neck. He appeared to be intoxicated as he stumbled through the building. Security quickly discovered the offender and they escorted the male from the building, intending to take him to the hospital. They also contacted law enforcement to come look into the issue. Unfortunately, the suspect fled the scene of the crime before the law enforcement arrived and he has not been locatable since this time.

The Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office is asking locals to look for this suspect and petitioning anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact the police immediately. Those who know something about this young man can call the office at 247-8200 or can report crime anonymously online at Those can also text C-R-I-M-E-S with their tips. Anyone who aids the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office in locating this young man will receive a cash reward. So far, the police have determined that the young man is a white male who is between 22 and 29 years of age.

They also know that he has a fair complexion and brown short hair. He was wearing camouflage khaki shorts and Gasparilla beads at the time of the burglary. If you have committed the crime of burglary in Florida, then you can be charged with a third degree felony or a second degree felony depending on the purposes of the building that you entered. Entering a courthouse is considered a third degree felony, though entering a residency where people sleep at night and use the location as a dwelling is considered a second degree felony. When you have been charged with burglary, you need a hardworking Tampa criminal defense attorney from Thomas & Paulk on your side.