Suspect charged in burglaries to tented homes in St. Pete

5:08 PM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Petersburg Police a man who robbed multiple tented houses over the course of 5 months. 

On Monday July 8th, officers responded to a reported burglary in progress on 32nd Avenue North. The resident of the home noticed the suspect, later identified as Christopher Alexander, attempting to break into his house through the back door.

Officers arrested Alexander after a chase through the neighborhood which eventually ended with Alexander hiding in the rafters of a garage down the street. 

Authorities have been looking for Alexander regarding his involvement in a series of burglaries of homes that had been tented for fumigation. 

According to reports, Alexander became a suspect in late June after his wife, Candice Alexander, was found and subsequently arrested for selling stolen property to an antique store. 

Christopher Alexander is being charged with six counts of residential burglary with three of those cases being to tented residences. He stated that he would break into the fumigated homes, but would have his face covered with a painters mask to protect himself.

Detectives are also looking for a co-defendant who they believe participated with Alexander in several of the burglaries. He has been identified as Michael Murphy, and his current whereabouts are unknown. Murphy is described as

  • 5'10",145 lbs 
  • Red hair and brown eyes 
  • Has a tattoo of a tiger on the inside of his left forearm and one of a dragon on his right.

St. Petersburg Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating Murphy. Anyone with information should call the non-emergency number at 727-893-7780, Text-A-Tip to 727-420-8911 or leave a confidential tip at 727-892-5000.

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