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Serial Car Thief Apprehended

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 23-176


Thursday October 12, 2023 3:51 PM


Serial Car Thief Apprehended

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office's Auto Theft Squad has successfully apprehended a subject responsible for a spree of high-end car thefts.

On Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at 5 a.m., a Dodge Challenger was stolen out of the St. Petersburg area by Daniel Schilling, 22.

On Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at 4 p.m., detectives observed Schilling returning to and starting the stolen Dodge Challenger. He did attempt to evade deputies and caused damage to an HCSO vehicle and two citizen's vehicles. A short foot pursuit ensued between Schilling and our deputies before he was successfully taken into custody. During an interrogation with detectives Schilling openly admitted he was involved in 12 other high-end Dodge thefts from various agencies over the past two months.

He was charged with the following:

  • Grand Theft Motor Vehicle

  • Aggravated Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer

  • Aggravated Fleeing to Elude

  • Resisting an Officer Without Violence

  • Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony

  • Leaving the Scene of a Traffic Crash with Property Damage

  • Violation of Probation

"Creating the Auto Theft Squad at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is our pledge to keeping our community safe," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "It's sending a clear message to criminals that we stand united against those who seek to steal our peace and cause lawlessness in our community."

Any further information regarding this investigation will be released from the Public Affairs Office.

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