NEW PORT RICHEY, Florida — You couldn’t get caught more red-handed than this.
A Florida man suspected in a string of attempted auto thefts was arrested after trying to break into an unmarked police car with a group of undercover cops hiding inside.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s office says Stephen Titland, 49, is believed to have tried to break into seven different cars in Trinity Oaks the night before. All the cares were locked and nothing was stolen, but a man resembling Titland was captured on surveillance video.
Calls from residents prompted the sheriff’s office to dispatch its Strategic Targeted Area Response team which specializes in tamping down a spate of crimes in an area.
Their work was quick, as Titland showed up right next to their vehicle the following night in New Port Richey and they were able to solve the case right away.
Titland, who is on probation for burglary in Pinellas County, was charged with seven counts of attempted burglary.