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Employee Arrested for Theft at Central Florida Jail

A 45-year-old employee was arrested for theft at a Central Florida jail after stealing items and selling them for profit.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Facilities Technician for stealing materials from HCSO. 45-year-old Rodgers Ruiz was arrested for unlawfully removing goods from a storage room within Falkenburg Road Jail.

Following the removal, Ruiz transported the stolen items and sold them to a metal recycling company for profit.

Upon investigation, detectives determined that the stolen goods amounted to approximately 210 pounds of copper and 183 pounds of yellow brass, estimated at more than $3,000.00.

“This act of betrayal, by one of our own employees, isn’t just about stealing goods; it is a violation of the very trust that binds this agency together,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Know this: there’s no room for deceit here. No one, absolutely no one, will undermine our agency’s dedication to serve and protect with integrity.”

Ruiz joined HCSO in November 2017 as a multi-trades worker and was promoted to facilities technician in January 2020.

Ruiz is facing multiple charges, including:

  • False Information on a Pawnbroker Form
  • Grand Theft Third Degree
  • Dealing in Stolen Property

Following Ruiz’s arrest and investigation, an additional facility technician has been suspended without pay due to a violation of agency policy.

This is an active investigation according to local law enforcement.

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