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Handgun Stolen in String of Smash and Grab Vehicle Burglaries, Suspects Still at Large

SPRING HILL – Sheriff’s Deputies are searching for those responsible for at least three smash and grab vehicles burglaries that occurred this evening in separate locations.

Sources say two vehicles were broken into in the parking lot of Bamboos Lounge on Commercial Way and a third vehicle at the Mariner Crossings Shopping Plaza at Northcliffe Blvd and Mariner Blvd.

At least one handgun was stolen from one of the vehicles along with purses, electronics, and other valuable items.

There are unconfirmed reports that the suspect vehicle is a dark blue or black station wagon or lowered SUV type vehicle that may have gold rims.

Officials have not commented on the incidents at this time.

Over the last year there have been several similar incidents across the region involving numerous vehicles at separate locations.


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  • Tom, update please

    Thursday, 19 April 2018, 7:33 pm
  • Who came up with that terrible description of the suspect vehicle ? Does the witness even know what a car is?

    Thursday, 19 April 2018, 1:24 am
  • Gold rims to match their gold teeth? Just sayin……..

    Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 1:05 pm
  • Its no longer Bamboos, It’s Mermaids.

    Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 6:29 am
  • Dumb enough to leave a gun in your car, should be charged for public endangerment.

    Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 5:18 am
    • nothing wrong with leaving a gun in a car. especially a handgun. lock the car and keep in some type of lockable compartment or container. I doubt this is the case however…

      Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 8:15 am
    • Truth.

      Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 8:26 am
    • I agree with Bethy, If you are not going to carry it on your body, either you shouldn’t be were you are, with a gun. Especially at a bar. Or you leagley are not allowed to carry period. either way leave it home.

      Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 9:11 am
      • ok, obviously you are NOT a gun owner or CWL holder because you have no idea what you are talking about. If you are, you are sadly uninformed or ignorant to facts. you have to leave your fiream in your car when going to a number of ‘gun free zones’ in this country. Courthouse, Police/Sheriff sations, jails, BARS, etc. the gun is no good at home either. again, there is nothing wrong with ‘leaving’ a gun in your car. should you be responsible and lock your doors ? park in light at night ? use a lockbox/locked compartment ? conceal the area/weapons ? YES.

        but not all people do these things. it dont matter anyway, if someone was out and left a weapon at home, scumbags broke in and stole the gun…what would you say then ? owning a gun, its going to happen. Ive been lucky, I have yet to have a gun stolen from me…but my car has an alarm, a locked compartment, i conceal its location and park in decent areas when i can. there is just nothing you can do sometimes. lets not blame the gun or gun owner (unless they are a total jackass) please and keep the BLAME where it belongs…with the SCUMBAG who stole.

        Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 9:41 pm
    • Not illegal to have gun in your vehicle, but is illegal to take in the bar. As for the theives? Hang ’em Bethy!

      Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:23 am
    • You are a moron!!!

      Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4:05 pm
    • Actually if you learn ur knowledge, the second ammendant says and I quote “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” And if he had a license remember the sentence before this. Thank you, no thank you

      Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4:06 pm
    • It is not endangering no one it is for protection. If someone pulls a gun on you how are you going to protect yourself, tell them they shouldn’t have a gun and hope they don’t shot you? Really! I carry and I am a responsible person with a concealed weapon license. The only time my gun will come out is if you threaten to harm me or my family.

      Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4:18 pm
      • its ignorance really, we have to leave our weapons in our cars sometimes. fact of life when you carry.
        1. buy a lockbox
        2. alarm your car
        3. lock your doors
        4. lock lockbox in a lockable compartment
        5. conceal the area where said things are
        6. dont leave it in your car if you live in Mariner Cay apts. lol

        Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 9:46 pm
        • I was at a park last week and inside a caged area for dogs to run and they have a park bench and a guy had a gun laying on the bench and he walked away from it for about 30 minutes and when he left he put in in his shorts when he left. I was curious and asked a cop questions and they told me that he was allowed to do this. WTF ?

          Thursday, 19 April 2018, 10:52 am
          • it was an NRA man eh ? im confused, you claim he left it somewhere for 30 minutes but put it in his shorts when he left? did he come back for it ? clarification needed. as far as leaving a firearm unattended in public and accessable to a minor…thats illegal as far as i know. and the ‘NRA member’ is required by law to have a permit or be a cop, judge etc.

            Thursday, 19 April 2018, 12:18 pm
  • easy targets. all kinds of cars and houses to hit close to MARINER CAY scumbag apartments. you can hit the bowling alley or pull car door handles, get some loot and be home for dinner and drugs !
    not saying all people that live there are scumbags, just most.

    Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 11:41 pm
  • Amazing that people are still so stupid they leave valuables in their car flood the area with more cameras Instead of dollar stores and methadone clinics there’s nothing but scum Around here anymore

    Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 11:02 pm
  • These thugs are playing a dangerous game. Their next gig might result in them getting shot by a licensed gun owner.

    Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 10:12 pm
    • We can only hope

      Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 11:04 pm
      • It’s a shame that most of you want to just talk politics of gun ownership. What’s important is that SOMEONE has aquired a firearm via theft of a vehicle. I do not carry but respect those rights of others. I hope that the SOMEONE who got access to this gun isn’t a minor or a violent person. PRAYING it is never used to harm someone. ..

        Thursday, 19 April 2018, 1:08 am

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