The Reserve at Tampa Palms is one of the most luxurious neighborhoods in all of New Tampa, so it’s no surprise that some of the homes located adjacent to the Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club (TPGCC) golf course would attract attention from golfers.
Reserve residents are used to seeing people canvassing their backyards in search of that sliced or hooked golf ball that didn’t quite make it onto the fairway. What they’re not used to, however, is having their homes burglarized by random people wandering the course.
According to the Tampa Police Department (TPD), more than $75,000 in high-end jewelry and cash was stolen from a residence in The Reserve on the night of February 24.
Suspects entered through a rear wooden door on the golf course side, defeating the deadbolt, while the residents were out of the house for the evening between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight. The alarm was not set, allowing ample time for the suspects to escape. Although forensics responded and prints were lifted, TPD currently has no leads in the case.
This is not the first burglary attempt of this nature in The Reserve in recent weeks.
A similar attempt was made on February 22, although no property was stolen. The suspects attempted to enter the residence by prying open a door in a fenced area behind the garage on the golf course side.
A neighbor reported that he had seen several white males in their 20s on the golf course during the week, but they weren’t playing golf.
A TPD crime analysis report issued on February 27 says that the descriptions of the, as yet, still unknown suspects appear to be the same.
Since the recent burglaries, there has been increased security and patrols in the area. Anyone who notices any suspicious behavior is urged to contact TPD immediately.