MADEIRA BEACH – Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for suspects in connection with a vehicle theft from a home in Pinellas Park. The vehicle was stolen in the overnight hours between Tuesday, June 17, and Wednesday, June 18.
The 2001 yellow Isuzu Vehicross owned by Julia Ann and Keith Alan Robillard was driven into the water near the beach access across from Johns Pass at 12924 Gulf Blvd. in Madeira Beach.
According to the sheriff’s report, deputies responded what they thought was a water rescue about 4:24 a.m. Wednesday near 129th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. When they arrived, they found tire tracks in the sand leading to the water and a submerged yellow vehicle.
The Sheriff’s Dive Team checked the vehicle and did not find anyone inside. The windows and sunroof were open. The vehicle was pulled from the water and the owner was contacted.
Deputies said this wasn’t the first time the vehicle had been stolen. An unknown person or persons took the vehicle from the owner’s residence Feb. 12. The keys were inside at the time of the theft. The vehicle was located later the same day in the Pinellas Park area, but the keys were missing.
When the vehicle was found in the water June 18, the keys were in the ignition and a cement paver was found on the accelerator.
Detectives are asking anyone with information on this theft to contact Detective M. Johnson of the Arson/Auto Theft Unit at 727-582-6200 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.