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Man steals over $71,000 from Baker Distributing company in Tampa

12:29 PM, Jan 7, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has issued a warrant for a man who allegedly stole over $71,000 in air conditioners and various parts from a distributing company.

Deputies say on Nov. 3, Carlos Portal broke into Baker Distributing on Anderson Road and stole $56,385 worth of air conditioners, copper wires/tubing, refrigerant parts, and $500 in cash. He then loaded all of the items into a company 2005 Mitsubishi box truck and fled the scene.

The estimated value of all of the items, including the truck, is valued at $71,385. Authorities have recovered the box truck, but none of the stolen property has been found.

Portal, 40, is currently wanted for Grand Theft Auto and, police say, may be driving a white, 2004 Ford "Econoline" with ladder rack on the top right. It may also have commercial markings for A/C contracting. Detectives are still investigating the burglary and more charges are pending.

Anyone with any information reference the suspect(s) is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of this suspect and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).

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