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Police search for home burglars

Lithia, FL -- The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is looking for two men who robbed a home in Lithia on July 12.

According to police, at approximately 6:45 a.m., two men pried open the sliding glass door at the back of the home on Merlinpark Place and took about $3,650 in property.

Among the items stolen were two flat screen TVs, two pairs of Nike Jordan tennis shoes and a Ryobi power drill.

Police investigate overnight arson in Ybor

Police investigate overnight arson in Ybor

Tampa, FL -- Multiple units from Tampa Fire Rescue responded to an overnight fire at 1412 E. 21st Ave in Ybor City late Sunday into Monday morning.

The call came in at 12:02 a.m. and crews where on scene within five minutes. It took firefighters almost 40 minutes to get the fire under control.

No injuries where reported but according to Tampa Fire Marshal Investigator Mike Zurla the fire was set intentionally.

Investigator Zurla says that the investigation as to who may have started this fire is still underway.

Police search for jewelry theives

Tampa, FL -- Tampa Police detectives are searching for two women who stole a ring from a local pawn shop on July 9.

The two women were shopping for jewelry at the A-1 Pawn shop, located at 1505 West Hillsborough Aveue, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

After the suspects left, the clerk noticed a diamond engagement ring valued at $5,222 was missing.

Plant City man arrested for 2010 hit and run death

Plant City man arrested for 2010 hit and run death

Plant City, FL -- On the morning of July 14, Highway Patrol investigators arrested a Plant City man on charges of leaving the scene of a crash back in 2010 that killed a Lakeland man. 

According to investigators, the charges against 22-year-old Kyle A. Brown, of Plant City, stem from a Sept. 19, 2010, fatal traffic crash that killed 63-year-old David N. Rife.  Brown was taken to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office jail and issued a bond of $15,000.

The FHP investigation revealed that the early morning crash occurred as both men traveled south in the inside lane on SR-700 near Duff Road. 

New Tampa mom accused of killing teens in court

New Tampa mom accused of killing teens in court

New Tampa, Florida - The Tampa Palms mother who investigators say admitted to shooting and killing her children back in January because they were "being mouthy" was in court Friday afternoon.

Robert Fraser is 50-year-old Julie Schenecker's public defender. He has petitioned the court to keep certain statements Schenecker made to police between the attorneys. He's also wants to do the same for photo's of the victims, 13-year-old Beau and 16-year-old Calyx, as well as photos from the crime scene.

Fraser says failing to block those items would destroy any chance his client has of receiving a fair trial since the media could make those items public.

Two men arrested in botched burglary

Two men arrested in botched burglary

Lakeland, FL -- Two Plant City men were arrested in Lakeland in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 8 after their burglary spree was interrupted by an EMS truck.

Cory Garrett, 18, and John Pearce, 22, were seen by a Lakeland police officer in the 3000 block of Cleveland Heights Blvd. at approximately 2 a.m. pulling a lawn mower north on the road.

According to police, as the men were hiding the lawn mower in a dark area of a yard at the 700 block of Sagamore Street, they heard sirens from an oncoming EMS truck responding to a medical call across the street.

As the sirens got louder, the two men fled, possibly because they thought the sirens were from police. They got to their car and left the area.