Hillsborough County Sheriff seeking suspects link to Shalimar Jewelers robbery during protest

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about several people who burglarized a jewelry store during the George Lloyd protests in Tampa last week, stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise.

Check out the photo supplied by authorities below. Among the four images capture, one shows a suspect without a face mask or covering.

Officials released the picture taken from security cameras, which were rolling when the suspects broke into Shalimar Jewelers, 7853 N. 56th Street, around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

“Our deputies and staff are working very hard to protect the public while people peacefully protest,” Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Instead, these suspects took advantage of the circumstances, burglarizing the store, and getting away with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry. Business owners are already struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now they are forced to deal with the consequences of people who are looting stores during this difficult time. This type of behavior is despicable and will not be tolerated here in Hillsborough County.”

Deputies are asking anyone with information regarding the suspects to call detectives at (813) 247-8200.

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