Tampa Police Officers Arrest Prolific Auto Burglary Suspect

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TAMPA, FL (September 6, 2018) — A suspect who preyed on victims with unlocked cars in several Tampa neighborhoods is now behind bars.  Demetrius Marshall, 40, is currently in the Hillsborough County Jail on three counts of auto burglary and two counts of attempted auto burglary. 

Watch Surveillance Video of Suspect Searching for Cars to Burglarize

Marshall was arrested after a homeowner spotted him trying to break into a car near 113 West Curtis Street around 4:50 a.m. on September 6.  The homeowner dialed 9-1-1 while the crime was in progress.  Officers were able to locate Marshall a few blocks away near North Highland Avenue and West Violet Street.


While Marshall was in custody, detectives determined that he matched the description of an auto burglary suspect who was caught on surveillance video five days prior on September 1. 

In the video Marshall is seen riding his bike to the 1000 block of West Ohio Avenue in the Riverside Heights neighborhood shortly before 2 a.m.  He laid his bike down in the middle of the road and proceeded to pull on the door handles of several cars parked in front of a home.  Marshall then walked across the street where he was able to get inside of a minivan and a sedan.  He got on his bike and left the scene after he rummaged through both unlocked vehicles.


Janelle McGregor

Tampa Police Spokesperson