Video: The HCSO is searching for a man who pretended to buy an iPhone

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who pretended to buy an iPhone, only to steal it from the victim and run away.
Published February 5
Updated February 5

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who pretended to buy an iPhone, only to steal it from the victim and run away. Just before 2 p.m. on January 4, the victim met with an unknown black male inside the Steak n Shake restaurant located at 5917 E. Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa to sell his iPhone XS. The victim unlocked the phone and allowed the suspect to hold it for inspection. The suspect ran out of the restaurant, dropping his own cell phone as he fled.The victim picked up the phone, however, the suspect returned to retrieve it. The two struggled over the phone until the suspect was able to get his phone back and flee the scene in a silver 4-door vehicle. The suspect is believed to be 22-29 years old, approximately 5'6" to 5'9" and150-160 lbs. He has short black hair with a partial beard, and he was last seen wearing all black clothing and red shoes.

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