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Gas Station Purse Theft Suspect Identified

Tampa police say the suspect is wanted in conjunction with a rash of purse thefts at gas stations throughout the city and in the northern part of Hillsborough County.

One arrest warrant has been issued in a string of gas station auto burglaries that have plagued the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County over the last two weeks.

According to the Tampa Police Department, Justin Seebech, 22, has been connected to a theft that took place July 18 at 1312 E. Busch Blvd.

“His warrant is for auto burglary and petit theft,” a TPD media release said. “Detectives believe he is working with other suspects.”

The police department also issued a crime analysis report today that details all of the recent purse thefts. (See the PDF that accompanies this story.)

“Some of the gas stations have been targeted more than once,” the report said. “In each offense, the MO is the same with female victims having their purses stolen from their unlocked vehicles, as they were distracted pumping gas.”

According to that report, Seebech is wanted in connection with several cases.

“He had used the same stolen vehicle, which has since been recovered, to commit at least two of the offenses,” the report said. It is unclear if he is involved in all the recent gas station purse thefts.

Seebech is no stranger to local law enforcement. Jail records indicate he has been arrested in Hillsborough County nine times since 2006. He was most recently arrested on drug charges in December 2011. Seebech's last known address is 1206 108th Ave. in Tampa. 

Anyone with information about the cases or Seebech’s whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or the Tampa Police Department.

Here’s a breakdown of all the recent cases:

  • July 13 at Circle K, 15527 N. Dale Mabry Highway;
  • July 14 at Marathon Gas Station, 902 E. Hillsborough Ave.;
  • July 14 at BP, 1312 E. Busch Blvd.;
  • July 17 at Radiant, 11303 N. Dale Mabry Highway;
  • July 18 at BP, 1312 E. Busch Blvd.;
  • July 18 at Hess, 3611 W. Bearss Ave.;
  • July 18 at Shell, 5705 Gunn Highway;
  • July 20 at Sam's, 15835 N. Dale Mabry Highway;
  • July 20 at Hess, 17102 N. U.S. 41;
  • July 24 at BP, 2107 E. Fowler Ave.;
  • July 28 at Radiant, 2356 W. Hillsborough Ave.;
  • Aug. 1 at Circle K, 1001 N. Dale Mabry Highway;
  • Aug. 1 at Sunoco, 4155 Henderson Blvd.
N A Zambito August 02, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Does the Patch have a spell checker? Do you have a proof reader? You really need one! I'm tired of reading articles online by many sources not only the Patch that have so many spelling mistakes. I know our world is moving at a faster pace then ever before, but can't we take a little time to proof our words and make sure we don't look like total uneducated Americans.
Jim Jacobs August 03, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Did the patch ever hear of a legal principle that says you are innocent until proven guilty. Seebech's record indicates that he could very well be the person who committed these crimes but he is entitled to a fair trial where he can contest the evidence against him. Also, what if he can prove that he was out of town when all of these crimes happened. By printing this sort of story, the Patch is leaving itself wide open to a law suit for which the First Amendment is not a defense. Using words like "alleged" would lessen the Patch's liability.
Sherri Lonon August 03, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Thanks for your comment Mr. Jacobs! It is common practice for the media to let the public know when police are searching for suspects in a case such as this one. All information in this story comes directly from the Tampa Police Department. Guilt or innocence is a matter for the courts to decide.
Leanna S August 03, 2012 at 06:13 PM
There is not a single misspelling in that entire article.
L Wehman August 03, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Really? Check out your 5th sentence, the word should be than not then!!!
jane doe August 13, 2012 at 04:56 PM
These people are commiting identity theft and hardly any of them have been caught.
Jack cutter September 25, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Jacob , is the issue you are having with the patch do to you might be friends with the perp,or even further , related ?.
Jane doe September 25, 2012 at 09:53 PM
He was on video for some of his crimes so the out of town story won't work. This man has been convicted of several crimes including strangulation and had it been one of your children on the other end of this mans crime spree like mine were I do not believe spelling or his ( rights ) and law suits would be the first thing to draw attention to. Thank god one of his weapons charges were not with anyone you know because its a hard pill to swallow when your family member has been violated by anyone much less someone who obviously has no business being on the streets terrorizing any and everyone he see's fit. He should have stayed in jail on the dozens of charges he has had in the past several years and saved the rest of us a lot of grief. I would hate to see a life taken before this trash is off the street for good.
Just me September 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I'm with you Jack,couldn't be be any other rational reasoning. Jacob says entitled, lol, what a crock. The victims missing all their stuff because Justin Seebech decided to take,steal,rip off are the ones entitled to have their belongings back,he is entitled to nothing. Because of this person the victims are the ones afraid to go outside,go shopping,go to work,sleep peacefully. I hope he rots in hell and hope everyday in prison he loses a little piece of his self among other things!

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