By Tamas Mondovics

Crime Stoppers Tip Recovers Firearms, Arrest & Warrant Issued

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office takes all burglaries seriously, especially those that result in the theft of firearms. Thanks to some information received by Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, two of the four guns recently stolen from a residence in Riverview were recovered along with the arrest of Ryan Carlton Williams, 36, of Seffner.

During a burglary on Monday, June 13, in the Riverview community four firearms were taken.  

While detectives were investigating the case, they received information from Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay which provided the whereabouts of the suspects involved in the gun theft and some of the firearms. The tip led deputies to recover two of the stolen firearms (Marlin .22 and a Remington 300 Win Mag) and to the arrest of Williams whom investigators said is just one of the suspects involved in the case.  

The investigation continued and resulted in the identification of Stephen Gladu, 29, as the second suspect, who now has an active warrant for felony charges.

Williams is now charged with Grand Theft Firearm (two counts) and dealing in stolen property.

Warrant was also issued for Gladu, for Grand Theft of Firearm (four counts), Armed Burglary of a residence, Felon in possession of a firearm and dealing in stolen property.

HCSO Searching Suspect In CVS, 7-Eleven Robberies

Two Brandon area stores were robbed earlier this month prompting law enforcement to reach out to the community for assistance.

On Monday, July 4, at approximately 12:50 p.m., an unknown Hispanic male purchased a pack of gum at the CVS located at 909 Lumsden Rd., before he showed the cashier a note stating he had a gun and he wanted money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled on foot southbound on Bell Shoals Road.

The suspect is described as 180 lbs., late 30’s to early 40’s, wearing a black baseball cap, maroon button down shirt, blue jeans and light brown work boots.

A week later, two suspects, identified as Hispanic in their early to mid 20’s armed with a handgun robbed the 7-Eleven located at 7711 Causeway Blvd. Upon entering the store, one of the suspects with a black unknown make handgun demanded cigarettes, while the other jumped over the counter also taking some other items, before fleeing on foot.

Anyone with any info reference to the robberies are asked to call 247-8200 or anyone who wants to be eligible for a cash reward can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously at or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile application. Visit

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