Hillsborough County deputies have apprehended a suspect in connection with a significant liquor theft that occurred in Gibsonton, Florida. The theft, estimated to be worth approximately $1.6 million, took place between July 7 and July 10. The thieves used at least two semi-trucks to transport the stolen crates of liquor from a distribution center. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office tracked the stolen liquor to a storage facility in Hialeah, South Florida.
During their investigation, deputies seized a Kenworth semi-cab, two Wabash trailers, and a Kia Stinger that were allegedly used in the crime. Detectives managed to recover the stolen liquor, valued at over $1.5 million, and returned it to the owner. Miguel Angel Artles Rivas, 33, has been arrested and is facing charges of grand theft and burglary. However, a warrant is still out for the arrest of another suspect, 54-year-old Ruth Melly Cardero.
Sheriff Chad Chronister commended the detectives for their efforts in swiftly apprehending the individual responsible for the theft. The investigation is ongoing, and further arrests are anticipated to ensure all involved parties are brought to justice. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has released photos and a flyer seeking information on the whereabouts of Ruth Melly Cardero. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.