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Stolen golf carts, gunshots, stabbing keep HCSO busy

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HCSO seeks public's help in finding Wimauma shooter.

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN

RUSKIN — Officers in the District IV Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Ruskin have been kept busy over the past week.The HCSO announced last week that they had made arrests after a rash of 16 reported golf cart thefts from mobile home parks in Ruskin during the month of January.

Arrested were Ruskin residents Jason Beeche, 35, and Michael Griffiths, 40. Still at large is 40-year-old suspect Nicole Kramer. Beeche and Griffiths are being charged with grand theft, Kramer will be charged with two counts of dealing in stolen property, possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, driving without a valid driver’s license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also in Ruskin, an argument between two roommates ended badly with the HCSO accusing 31-year-old Augustin Patino-Andrade of stabbing 55-year-old Oracio Campo Ramos. The victim was transported to Tampa General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. According to the HCSO, both men had been drinking and appeared to be highly intoxicated. At some point, an argument escalated into a physical confrontation with Patino-Andrade stabbing Ramos in the chest with a knife.

In Wimauma, the HCSO is seeking the public’s assistance after Alejandro Rios, 26, was shot in the stomach on Sunday afternoon while standing in the front yard of a home on Vernice Street. According to the HCSO, a vehicle containing three males ranging in age from 15 to 17 stopped in front of Rios, exited the vehicle and fired several shots at him, striking him once. A private vehicle drove Rios to South Bay Hospital where he was transported by medevac to Tampa General Hospital. He is currently listed in critical condition.

Anyone with any information regarding the suspect is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200. A cash reward may be available from Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), reporting online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or by texting “CSTB plus your tip” to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).

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