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.
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.