Thieves Targeted Homes Tented for Fumigation

Thieves Targeted Homes Tented for Fumigation

St. Petersburg, Fla., police are investigating a series of burglaries from homes that were tented as part of a fumigation process for drywood termites, the Tampa Tribune reported.

July 24, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Petersburg, Fla., police are investigating a series of burglaries from homes that were tented as part of a fumigation process for drywood termites, the Tampa Tribune reports.

Since the beginning of February, the burglar(s) have struck 12 times, slashing tents draped over homes by Terminix, Bingham's Pest Control, Geiger's Pest Control and All Pro Termite, and stealing an array of possessions - from flat-screen TVs and tattoo guns, to china and jewelry.

A break came when a woman, Candice Alexander, 25, went to McNeal Antiques in St. Petersburg in June, trying to sell Gorham silverware with a Camellia design, jewelry and a silver rose, according to jail records. They had been stolen from a house tented by Terminix just days before.

Her husband, Christopher Alexander, 25, was the one that stole them, arrest reports say. He was arrested Monday after he was seen trying to burglarize a house at 4235 32nd Ave. N. that was not under a fumigation tent, according to St. Petersburg police.

Additionally, there was one burglary at a tented house the Alexander family is not suspected of committing, the St. Petersburg police told the Tribune.

Source: Tampa Tribune


 

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