HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla – The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office conducted a 9-hour operation Saturday with the focus centered on street racing crimes.
On February 4, 2023, “Operation Takeback” resulted in 158 total stops, 60 citations, 114 warnings, and nine arrests. Of those arrested, five guns were impounded along with a bulletproof vest and a large amount of ammunition.
The arrests stemmed from participating in a street racing takeover. HCSO impounded seven vehicles, and five of them were placed on a mandatory hold for 30 days with the towing company.
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The purpose of Operation Takeback was to deter citizens that attend and participate in these types of events. Most of the events occurred at industrial-style locations across the county.
The operation also aimed to reduce the number of citizens traveling from outside of Hillsborough County to commit lawless acts endangering Hillsborough County citizens.
“Operations like these are essential to the safety of our community,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Drivers who participate in these events are often driving at excessive speeds, which could easily result in a loss of control leading to an injury or a fatality. Those who choose to attend these events often overlook the potential risks, not realizing that as a bystander they are also in danger. Our agency will continue to do whatever is necessary to send a message to those involved that this is not acceptable in our county.”
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