Crime journal

Published May 16, 2007



Hillsborough sheriff's deputies are searching for a pair of horses, their tack and the people who stole them from a barn at 3305 S 54th St. Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter described one as an 8-year-old quarter horse gelding named Cowboy, about 5 1/2 feet tall at the highest point of its back with a tan coat and black hair, mane and lower legs. The other is an 8-year-old gelding named Chester, just under 5 feet tall with a coat mottled in reddish and white patches. The thieves cut through a fence at the rear of the property and loaded the horses onto a waiting trailer, deputies said. The horses are valued at $2, 500 each and the saddles and bridles at $1, 600 total. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies name robbery suspect

Hillsborough sheriff's deputies have identified a suspect in a Monday robbery at the SunTrust Bank at 13502 N Florida Ave. Dwight Steven James, 44, is described as 6 feet 2 and 250 to 270 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 873-8477.


Victim of fire is identified

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has identified the 53-year-old victim of a May 2 mobile home fire. Michael Freitag and his two dogs were found dead after an early morning fire at 6401 Fletcher Road that destroyed his double-wide mobile home, deputies said. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesman Ray Yeakley said authorities have ruled out foul play but are still investigating. He added, though, that they may not be able to pin down a particular cause of the fire because of the extent of the damage to the mobile home.


'Red Wing Bandit' strikes for 4th time

Police are searching for a man they call the "Red Wing bandit" who they believe has robbed four banks in recent weeks. The man, who often wears a Detroit Red Wings cap during the robberies, struck again Tuesday afternoon by robbing the First State Bank at 2832 Fourth St. N. Police say he didn't wear the Red Wings cap, but handed over a note demanding money and suggesting that he had a weapon. Sgt. Al White said the man has walked into two other banks to possibly rob them, but left because they were empty and he would have drawn too much attention. Police say the man is between 30 and 35 years old, 5 feet 4 and weighs about 160 pounds. He has been seen leaving several robberies in a tan Ford Taurus.


Shot by husband, woman later dies

Three days after she was shot by her husband in an attempted murder-suicide, a 48-year-old woman died Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Polly Chan died about 1:15 p.m. at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where she had been flown Saturday after Tarpon Springs police responded to a 911 call to her home at 1848 Briland St., police said. Officers found Chan's husband, Adolf, shot dead in the head.