A man was captured in a surveillance footage as he tried to burglarize a number of vehicles along a residential block of a suburban neighborhood in Tampa earlier this month. The unlucky man was stymied each time he made an attempt to break-in as all the doors were locked up.
However, that was not the case the next day he made an attempt, the 49-year-old Stephen Titland, who was on felony probation for a burglary and criminal mischief conviction in Pinellas County, was more successful.
Titland found an unlocked vehicle on Murrow Street in New Port Richey. To his awe, what he found inside was rather shocking. The vehicle was occupied by members of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office’s Strategic Targeted Area Response Team.
Pasco Sheriff’s Office posted a still from the footage on Thursday in which they identified the suspect as Titland on its Facebook page. Facebook followers had a field day responding to the post:
“That’s HILARIOUS! I can see the WTF look on the STAR teams faces and then an oh s*** look on that moron’s face! Would have loved to be a witness to that!”
Now that Thanksgiving was the start of holiday season, another follower of the Pasco Sheriff’s page had some practical advice: “A friendly reminder to lock the doors of your cars tonight if you go shopping. Then when you get home bring all the packages into your house and lock the door.”
Titland was charged with seven attempted burglaries, and loitering and prowling. In the meantime, Titland remains at the county jail on a $45,150 bond.