Police: Thief uses garage door openers to burglarize occupied homes

Hillsborough County

When Brian Jacobsen woke up the morning of April 4, he and his fiance quickly realized something wasn’t right. Many of their valuables were missing.  

“Her wallet was gone. Ny wallet was gone. Her laptop was gone. My watch was gone,” said Jacobsen.

“All this stuff got stolen.”

Jacobsen lives on Pennsbury Drive in Hillsborough County and is one of two victims who were recently hit.

Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies were investigating those cases while Tampa police officers were investigating four cases in New Tampa.  

On Wedesday, officers arrested 21-year-old Quentin Hargrove.  

Hargrove is now facing numerous charges, including grand theft and burglary of an occupied dwelling charges.

Tampa police said the burglaries in their jurisdiction happened on March 10 in the 5000 block of Southampton Circle, on April 3 in the 16000 block of Wyndover Road, on April 18 in the 15000 block of Sherwood Forest Drive and on April 20 in the 15000 block of Dawson Drive.

Amanda Granit with the sheriff’s office explains Hargrove was entering the homes as people slept.

“He’s going into the homes, in one case we know he was in the kitchen because he stole a wallet out of someone’s purse,” said Granit.  

“He’s taking things that he can grab quickly.”

That was the case with Jacobsen.  

“Me, my fiance and our 2-year-old were sleeping and the guy came in our kitchen and stole a bunch of stuff from us,” said Jacobsen, who in a way is relieved he didn’t wake up.  

“It scares me to think, what would’ve happened if I did wake up? If he’s that brazen to go in the house in the middle of the night, he could’ve been armed and there’s a good chance things could’ve gotten ugly.”

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