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Victims are having mail and property stolen in a fraud scheme in Hillsborough County and across the Tampa Bay area.

Have you ever had your identification stolen? The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office investigated what began as mail theft.

The investigation was into bank fraud and mail theft. The Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Section found an ongoing fraud scheme. Warrants were executed Thursday and suspects have been identified. What were they doing? Criminals had been finding and stealing forms of ID, such as credit cards and social security cards.

In a release from HCSO.com, Sheriff Chad Chronister said,

“These suspects are linked to multiple cases not only here in Hillsborough County, but all across Tampa Bay. They exploited their victims by going straight to their mailboxes, stealing their mail, and taking their personal information to access their bank accounts and spend their hard-earned money. It’s abhorrent behavior and here at HCSO, we will work to protect hardworking citizens from this type of exploitation.”

The search warrant found evidence of ID theft, but it didn’t stop there. Investigators also found stolen firearms, laptops, auto parts, lawn equipment, plus other items. Three suspects have been arrested.

The three suspects face a mix of charges. Those charges include: possession of personal ID, credit card theft, grand theft, burglary, credit card fraud, trespass and resisting an officer without violence. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.

[Source: teamhcso.com]

Mason Dixon's 15 Favorite Summer Blockbuster Movies

  • 15 "Dirty Dancing" (1987)

    With a fantastic mix of new songs and songs from when it takes place, Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach and Cynthia Rhodes make a great cast. By the way, you can see Patrick Swayze and Cynthia Rhodes in the video for “Rosanna by Toto, which came out 5 years earlier.

  • 14. "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983)

    They got it all started with Clark and Ellen Griswold as they made their way to Wally World. Without “Vacation,” I wouldn’t have my favorite all-time Christmas movie!

  • 13. "Shrek" (2001)

    You can’t go wrong with a donkey and an ogre. Oh, and a Lord Farquaad.

  • 12. "Weekend at Bernie's" (1989)

    They were the only ones who knew. They just had to make sure everyone though Bernie was still alive.

  • 11. "Grease" (1978)

    The sing-along showings of “Grease” still fill up theatres.

  • 10. "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)

    Possibly the best family sci-fi film of all time.

  • 9. "Caddyshack" (1980)

    Still an immensely quotable film. Even if you’re not a golfer, this cast makes the links funny.

  • 8. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986)

    The perfect way to have so much fun in a single day. Some great advice from Ferris? “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

  • 7. "Ghostbusters" (1984)

    The movie stands the test of time. They tried again a couple of years later, and it wasn’t quite as good. They tried it with a female cast a few years ago, and that didn’t work either. They tried it one more time in “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” and it was directed by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman who directed the original and… it worked. If you haven’t seen it, watch for lots of Easter eggs.

  • 6. "Stand By Me" (1986)

    The story by Stephen King brought to the big screen by Rob Reiner. Toss in kids like Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell and Kiefer Sutherland.

  • 5. Top Gun (1986)

    It took a long time to finally get a sequel. Go back and watch the original one again. Then watch “Top Gun: Maverick” yet again.

  • 4. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981)

    The beginning of a franchise. Hard to believe they’re about to make another one.

  • 3. "Independence Day" (1996)

    This wasn’t E.T’s family. These visitors were not here to be our friends.

  • 2 "American Graffiti" (1973)

    Wow, what cars they had in this movie, and you know I’m a car guy!

  • 1. "Jaws" (1975)

    It’s the one that began the ‘summer blockbuster movie’… It’s also the one that scared people out of the ocean!

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