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Crime briefs

By JOSH ZIMMER

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 11, 2001


Equipment stolen from Linebaugh Road builder

CARROLLWOOD -- The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of construction equipment from ZiCorp Constructors LC on Linebaugh Avenue.

According to the report, the suspects entered the grounds of ZiCorp -- the prime contractor on the Linebaugh Road expansion -- between 3 p.m. May 1 and midnight May 2. They broke the lock on the rear gate of the storage facility and cut the locks on three trailers, stealing pipe tools valued at $7,000, saws valued at more than $1,000 and five 12-cycle engines worth $3,000 each.

ZiCorp president Don Vance said the site has been burglarized three times this year. Two new dump trucks, valued at $100,000 each, were stolen in February; they recently were found stripped in the Miami area.

The company has installed flood lights and a new security system, said Vance, who added the Sheriff's Office suspects former or current employees may be involved with the latest theft. ZiCorp is offering $500 for information leading to a conviction.

"We thought we had it very well secured," Vance said.

Computer equipment stolen from Vendon

CARROLLWOOD -- Vendon Credit Solutions at 7815 N Dale Mabry Highway lost computer equipment valued at $11,000 between 4 p.m. March 15 and 1 p.m. April 24, according to a deputy's report filed May 2. The theft included seven computers and monitors, along with high-speed line equipment, the report said.

Student charged with throwing object at bus

CARROLLWOOD -- A 14-year-old female student at the Dorothy Thomas Exceptional Center was charged May 1 with throwing a piece of wood that hit a school bus parked at the 3215 Nundy Road facility, the Sheriff's Office said.

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