Crime journal

Published May 2, 2007



Police are searching for a gunman they say is responsible for seven recent armed robberies of local businesses. The man, who wears latex gloves and a white hockey mask, struck on Friday. Police say he walked into a T-Mobile Zone store at 3001 34th St. N, pulled a rifle or short barrel shotgun from a duffel bag and demanded money. The man left the store and drove away in what detectives called a "box style truck with a red cab." A similar robbery occurred at a Hillsborough County U-Haul business at 5806 N 50th St. four hours later. Police believe the same man may have committed five previous armed robberies stretching back to February, when a Dunkin Donuts at 6132 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. was robbed. Anyone with information can call police at (727) 893-7780.

Missing man was dead inside car

A 38-year-old man who was reported missing by his family two weeks ago was found in an abandoned Nissan at his home Monday night when his relatives removed a tarp from the car to investigate a foul odor. Hector Luis Serrano-DeJesus, who authorities say was addicted to crack cocaine, was found in the car in the side yard of his home at 2720 60th Ave. N Monday night. Detectives are waiting for lab results to determine the cause and manner of death. His body was decomposed. Serrano-DeJesus was last seen leaving his job on April 13.


Man accused of phone voyeurism

Deputies charged a 34-year-old man with voyeurism after he was caught taking camera phone pictures of woman changing in a clothing store dressing room. Omar Gomez Sanchez , of 14502 N 22nd Ave. Apt. D09, remained at the Orient Road jail on Tuesday. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested him Monday after he was caught on surveillance video inside the Bealls Outlet Store at 13542 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Deputies said Gomez Sanchez took photographs of a 56-year-old Plant City woman without her permission. As she bent over in a private dressing room, Gomez Sanchez placed his phone under the door and took pictures.

Scorpion stings passenger at TIA

It wasn't a terrorist threat, a suspicious package or bad weather, but one passenger's problem kept airport officials busy Tuesday morning. A 60-year-old man complained a scorpion bit him near one of the newsstands inside Tampa International Airport. The man had two burning welts on his shoulder blade and one on his arm. He declined to go to a hospital, and downed some over-the-counter medication. Then he hopped on his noon flight. Airport officials said they thought the bug might have been lurking in a potted plant. They didn't find it.


Powdered sugar stirs a scare at jail

A suspicious package turned up in the mail room of the Pasco County jail just after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. It contained an unidentified white powder. Officials locked down the jail. They called the hazardous materials response team. And they discovered that the white powder was ... powdered sugar. The sugar was not blamed for any injuries.