Article Courtesy of Bay News 9
By Josh Rojas
Published February 26, 2017
ODESSA -- A community left in the dark, is hoping to shine some light on the
brazen thieves who stole thousands of dollars worth of outdoor lights.
|Hillsborough deputies search for
light thieve suspects.
Officials said 63 outdoor lights, worth $20,000, were stolen
from the Belle Meade community in Hillsborough about two
The neighborhood has more than 130 homeowners who pay
quarterly dues and the money is used to purchase those
The lights start at $300 each and are manufactured at a
Tampa company called Garden Light LED.
"A licensed installer would have to purchase them here. No
home Depot, Lowes, anywhere online, anything like that. From
us is where you'd have to purchase them," said Mario
Casillas with Garden Light LED.
The manager said the company is also on the lookout for the
One of the suspects was caught on
surveillance video walking across the street with a handful
of lights before being picked up by a waiting car.
Thousands of dollars worth of outdoor lights were stolen
from the Belle Meade community in Hillsborough County.
The president of the Belle Meade Association said the Hillsborough Sheriff's
Office may have a good lead.
"He [the suspect] left three lights. He must've laid them down, forgot where he
put them and so the police have those and they're dusting them for fingerprints
right now," said Jeanne Sullivan, Belle Meade HOA president.
The sheriff's office is asking anyone who recognizes the man in the surveillance
video to call (813) 247-8555.