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Beaded burglar breaks into Hillsborough County Courthouse after Gasparilla Parade

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TAMPA, Florida -- A man who broke into the Hillsborough County Courthouse after Gasparilla has been caught on camera.

In those surveillance images, you can see him walking down hallways while shirtless, with strands of beads hanging around his neck. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office hopes you'll see the photos and be able to identify him. 

"They're good photos, so we're hoping someone will recognize him," says Debbie Carter with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. "I can't remember that we've ever had anyone break into the courthouse. Normally people are wanting to leave the courthouse."

But the Sheriff's Office says the man, who's estimated to be in his 20s, wasn't done partying after Gasparilla, breaking into the Courthouse Annex by smashing in a glass door. He cut his leg in the process. Security guards noticed that someone had entered the premises, and were soon able to catch up with him.

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"He appeared to be extremely intoxicated and that's also why they were requiring medical assistance for him," Carter says.

The problem: when security brought him outside to get medical help, he ran away. The security company, G4S, says it can't comment until the criminal investigation is complete. Courthouse officials aren't commenting right now either.

"Once he's arrested, he'll make another trip to the courthouse," Carter says.

He's described as being between the ages of 22 and 29, approximately 190 lbs., with a fair complexion, large build, and brown short hair. He may also have some sort of tribal tattoo around his left bicep.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. You can be eligible for a cash reward by submitting your tips to 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), reporting anonymously online at or texting "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).

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