TAMPA, Florida – The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying hundreds of looters who broke into a Walmart store and stole more than $100,000 worth in merchandise.
On Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 9:10 p.m., a crowd gathered in front of the Walmart located at 2701 East Fletcher Avenue in Tampa, Florida.
The store was closed due to the protests occurring outside the University Mall. People wielding blunt objects, like hammers, broke the glass entrance doors and stormed into the store.
After reviewing surveillance video, detectives believe approximately 200 people entered the store and most began looting the electronics section.
An estimated $116,000 in stolen merchandise and damages was reported.
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“Not only is this violence completely unacceptable, it was disrespectful to the protesters who were out there that night trying to express their message in an impactful way,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister.
“We are actively working to identify each and every one of these suspects and ask the public to provide any information they may have.”
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.