By Tamas Mondovics

It is safe to say that illegal dumping is an unfortunate reality, which keeps Hillsborough County Code Enforcement officers and Sheriff’s Office deputies busy countywide.

Sadly, those responsible for such careless acts seem to know no bounds to finding places to dump their garbage such was the case last month when Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Environmental Unit and Rapid Response Team, responded to Bethlehem Cemetery located at 4028 Bethlehem Rd. in Dover, in reference to a complaint from the cemetery’s caretaker.

Deputies reported that someone had illegally dumped a truck load of old tires onto cemetery property.  

Although where the tires were illegally dumped was on private property, deputies did not hesitate to go beyond the call of duty, and decided to clean up the over 2,500 pounds of tires to remove the visual blight for those visiting their loved ones at the cemetery.

Shame on those responsible for the dumping and great job to HCSO deputies for serving the community with heart.

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Deputies Make Arrest In Riverview Area Construction Burglaries

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office District IV detectives received information regarding Wimauma resident Victor Coronado, 31, receiving a number of stolen appliances in exchange for money and narcotics.

According to HCSO, in response, detectives initiated an investigation and were able to develop probable cause for a search warrant of Corondo’s Wimauma residence, which resulted in the recovery of crack cocaine, along with a scale and other drug paraphernalia.

During the search detectives also observed five GE appliances (three stoves and two refrigerators) that were within the residence and a shed on the property and were able to determine that the appliances were stolen in 2016 from several different new home construction sites within the Riverview and Wimuama areas.

The total value of the recovered stolen property was $2,672.

Coronado was arrested and admitted Post Miranda to receiving the appliances in exchange for $20 and selling the cocaine.

The investigation also led to Samuel Solis, 43, of Wimauma, who was already in jail on similar charges and admitted to committing several new construction burglaries and trading the property to Coronado, deputies said. Coronado is also suspected of committing similar burglaries within Manatee County.

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