Gulfport Police Arrest Three Suspects for a String of Vehicle Burglaries
In response to a string of vehicle burglaries that took place between Sunday, June 10 through Wednesday June 13; members of the Gulfport Police Department conducted a surveillance operation that led to the arrest of three suspects in connection with six, possibly more, vehicle burglaries. The suspects were targeting unlocked vehicles within a general area of the city. An analysis was completed by Crime Analyst Margaret Palmisano, to show the location and time of the burglaries. Based on this analysis, Sergeant Tom Woodman of the Investigative Services Section and Operations Commander Joshua Stone coordinated a surveillance operation with three other Gulfport Police members, in order to identify potential suspects or apprehend the offender’s if a vehicle burglary was observed by the surveillance team. During the operation, 3 subjects were observed in the target area that fit a description provided in one of the previously reported vehicle burglaries. The subjects were observed by the surveillance team walking into yards and driveways. Further monitoring of the subjects resulted in an officer being within 10 feet of them while they committed a vehicle burglary.
As Officers attempted to affect an arrest, the suspects fled on foot. 2 were quickly apprehended. The third was tracked down with the assistance of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit who located the suspect in a shed behind a house.
After interviewing the three suspects, multiple cases were solved. Numerous pieces of stolen property, to include 7 GPS units, were recovered after the suspects consented to a search of their residence.
The burglaries were occurring south of 27th Avenue South between Tifton Street and Beach Boulevard.
The suspects are identified as the following:
Craig McComas, DOB 09/07/84 of 2522 50th St S.
Brian George, DOB 10/07/84 of 2522 50th St S.
Tiffany Kenton, DOB 10/21/87 of 2522 50th St S.
Various charges for these suspects include armed burglary to an unoccupied vehicle, burglary to an unoccupied vehicle, attempted burglary to an occupied vehicle, resisting without violence, and principle in the first degree.
The investigation continues as many of the recovered stolen items have not been linked to previous reports.
Gulfport Police Department
Chief of Police Public Information Officer
Robert A. Vincent Sgt. Thomas Woodman