By Tamas Mondovics

HCSO District 4 Detectives Arrest Four Burglary Suspects

It may have required some patience on the part investigators, but the virtue has paid off for Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office District 4 Deputies investigating a rash of kick-in type residential burglaries. Detectives said that between the months of August and October 2015, the crime spree encompassed communities within the southern part of Hillsborough County, prompting members of the Patrol District 4 Investigations Unit to follow up.

“Our investigators quickly began identifying many similarities between all the cases,” said HCSO Public Information Officer Larry McKinnon.

Suspects targeted homes that appeared as if no one was home, taking multiple firearms, money, televisions, clothing and gaming systems. Devin Huffman, 21, Devante Murdaugh, 22, Marquis Wright, 22, and Marcus Ashwood, 22, are all facing charges ranging from Armed Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, Grand Theft Firearm, Grand Theft and Criminal Mischief.

Detectives also discovered a storage unit where multiple stolen items were located including four televisions, seven firearms, seven gaming systems, a purse, and 14 watches. Almost all of the stolen property recovered has been returned to the owners.

Search Warrants Lead To Four Arrests in Riverview

Drugs and guns were seized last month thanks to diligence on the part of HCSO officers in the case involving four Riverview area residents now facing multiple drug related charges including possession of a firearm, armed trafficking in methamphetamine, maintaining a drug house and child abuse by neglect.

Following a lengthy investigation by District 4 Detectives, probable cause was developed and a search warrant secured at 13021 Lincoln Rd. in Riverview, which led to the arrests of Douglas James Noriega, 35, Rocky Alan Sirois, 56, Randolph Cunningham, 52, and Heather Creech, 33, of 12927 Kings Lake Dr. in Gibsonton.

During the search, approximately 2 oz. (60 g.) of methamphetamine, street valued at $18,000, five firearms along with ammunition, 2008 Tan Ford F150 truck and $1,029 in cash were seized.

HCSO officials said that further investigation led detectives to conduct a second search at the home of Creech, which turned up 116 g. of methamphetamine street valued at $34,800, three firearms, including a reported stolen Springfield Arms XD-9 9mm semi-auto pistol, as well as $3,465 in cash.

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