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Thousands in merchandise stolen from Target, resold at local body shop
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Thousands in merchandise stolen from Target, resold at local body shop

Tampa, FL -- An undercover investigation in Hillsborough County unveiled thousands of dollars in stolen property from local Target stores being sold out of a Tampa paint and body shop.

In the beginning of June 2011, HCSO detectives received information from investigators with the Target Corp. about an individual stealing from multiple Target stores and reselling the stolen property to D&L Paint & Auto Body, 401 E. Henderson Avenue in Tampa. 

According to detectives, they began an undercover operation using new merchandise provided by Target to sell as stolen merchandise to D&L Paint and Body Shop.

During the investigation, detectives began selling the stolen items to a man later identified as 47-year-old Dwight Wilson, of Tampa.  Wilson soon began instructing undercover detectives on what types of stolen property he wanted so he could sell the items in the future.

After numerous hand to hand transactions with Wilson, a search warrant was executed and an estimated value of $8,000 to $10,000 in merchandise was recovered including twelve stolen bicycles several identified as being stolen from the downtown Tampa and the Channelside District.

Also seized were two firearms, one of which was identified as being stolen during a residential burglary from the Brandon area. 

Drugs were also found inside the business to include small quantities of crack and powder cocaine as well 62 grams of non-prescribed Vicoden medication.

Wilson was arrested on June 28 and charged with Dealing in Stolen Property, Grand Theft, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Armed Trafficking in Illegal Drugs. He has since been released on $4,500 bond.

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