Tampa Police Officers Arrest Suspect on Misuse of Laser Lighting Device Charge

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Bradley Steffes was arrested for shining a green laser at a Tampa Police Department helicopter

DATE/TIME: June 5, 2014 at 1:28 a.m.

LOCATION: 5205 East Adamo Drive, Tampa

SUSPECT: Bradley Steffes, DOB: 4/24/1985, W/M, 613 Stone Drive Brandon, FL


Tampa Police Officers arrested a man for shining a laser device at a Tampa Police Department helicopter.
Officers Brian Gentry and Mark McCann were flying over the area of 50th Street and Adamo Drive, when their helicopter was hit with a green laser. The pilots used the helicopter’s night vision and the FLIR detection system to guide patrol units on the ground to an individual who was entering a Dodge Ram truck parked at 5205 Adamo Drive. The suspect was the only individual in the parking lot. The patrol units made contact with Bradley Steffes and he consented to having his vehicle searched. During the search, officers located a laser pointer, Marijuana and a glass Marijuana pipe inside of Steffes’ truck. Steffes was arrested for misusing a laser lighting device and narcotics possession. He was transported to the Hillsborough County jail without incident.

Janelle McGregor