Well-known felon, 22-year-old Daniel Schilling, was apprehended after a daring spree of high-end car thefts in Hillsborough County. The chase came to an abrupt end when Schilling crashed into a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) vehicle and two other vehicles in a desperate attempt to flee.
Early last Tuesday morning at around 5 a.m., Schilling set his sights on a Dodge Challenger in St. Petersburg. The vehicle was reported stolen, and swift detective work led HCSO officers to spot the suspect climbing into the stolen car by 4 p.m. the following day.
Not one to give up easily, Schilling attempted a hasty escape but inadvertently caused damage to an HCSO patrol vehicle and two civilian vehicles in his path. The road drama culminated in a brief on-foot chase, with deputies successfully nabbing Schilling.
During interrogation, Schilling’s audacious confessions painted a clearer picture of his escapades. He admitted to being the mastermind behind 12 other Dodge thefts over a span of two months, leaving several agencies grappling for answers.
The HCSO has since slapped Schilling with an array of charges. Among them are grand theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage.
The arrest of Schilling brings relief to a community that has been on edge over the surge in high-end car thefts. It also serves as a testament to the dedication of HCSO deputies and their relentless pursuit of justice.