Detectives Display Stolen Items Found in a Serial Burglary Suspect's Home
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Hundreds of recovered merchandise lined tables inside the District 2 conference room. Detectives are working to return the items back to their rightful owners.
WHEN: April 20, 11 a.m.
WHERE: District Two, 9330 North 30th Street, Tampa
SUSPECT: Duane Armstrong, 1/9/78, B/M,(habitual violent felony offender), 8502 North 15th Street, Tampa
CHARGES: Burglary, Grand Theft, Petit Theft
ARREST: 4/19/2012 @ 5:30 PM
ARREST LOCATION: 8502 North 15th Street
DETAILS: Over the course of the past several weeks a dark-colored Nissan Altima was captured on surveillance video at the scene of residential burglaries throughout the City of Tampa. The suspect in these offenses targeted electronics and jewelry. A city-wide search commenced for the Nissan and its occupant.
On April 19, forensics identified Duane Armstrong as being present at the scene of a residential burglary at 1718 West Grace St that occurred on 4/17/12. In this case, entry was gained via a window and currency was stolen from the home.
Also on April 19, Armstrong was identified via fingerprints as being at the scene of a residential burglary at 2120 West Skagway that occurred on 4/12/12. It was in this offense that a nearby resident captured the Altima on their exterior surveillance camera.
Upon arrival at his residence, officers arrested Armstrong for the aforementioned offense. A charcoal grey Nissan Altima was parked in the driveway. The vehicle was an identical match to the one captured in the numerous surveillance videos.
Investigation revealed that Armstong was also responsible for a burglary at 11206 North 51st Street in October of 2011.
A search warrant was executed at Armstrong's residence and several items stolen in residential burglaries over the past year were recovered. Among these items was a Kel-tec 9mm firearm, unusual jewelry, computers, ipods and foreign money.
Armstrong is suspected in many burglaries spanning the course of the last year throughout the city and possibly extending beyond the city limits. The Nissan Altima that he used to facilitate these numerous crimes was seized. He was released from prison in 2009 and is classified as a habitual violent felony offender.
**In February 9, 2009, the suspect broke into a Miami-Dade house. A woman was in the home at the time. She fled the house and called the police. Upon confrontation by Miami-Dade law enforcement, the suspect made a movement to his waistband and an officer shot him.