Joe Mario Pedersen
Florida investigators are looking for help identifying any of the hundreds of looters who broke into a Walmart in May and stole over $100,000 worth of goods.
The mass looting began after 9 p.m. May 30 when a crowd of about 200 people gathered in front of a Walmart off east Fletcher Avenue in Tampa, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
The store was closed because of protests near a shopping mall.
Some of the looters were carrying blunt objects, including hammers, broke the glass of the store’s entrance and led a surge of people inside.
Surveillance footage shows the group rushing inside and grabbing merchandise. An estimated $116,000 in stolen merchandise and damage was reported.
Many of the looters were wearing face masks, making it difficult to identify them.
“Not only is this violence unacceptable, it was disrespectful to the protesters who were out there that night trying to express their message in an impactful way,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “We are actively working to identify each and every one of these suspects and ask the public to provide any information they may have.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to call HCSO at 813-247-8200.
©2020 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)
Visit The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.) at www.OrlandoSentinel.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.