Police say Clearwater man was running brothel out of his home
(MyFoxTampaBay.com) CLEARWATER, Fla. – The burning question of what’s been going on behind door number 2401 has finally been answered.
Police arrested James Tucker, 53, for allegedly running a brothel out of his condo. He was charged with deriving proceeds from prostitution and possession of paraphernalia.
Two months ago, residents of Hillcrest Villas tipped off Clearwater police after they saw dozens of men and women in and out of Tucker’s home at all hours of the day and night.
“There had to be at least 10 different girls over there,” resident Rick Skidmore said. “A couple of times there were girls walking down the sidewalk, and they’d be dragging a suitcase.”
Detectives started watching Tucker in January after receiving several complaints.
Police said they set up surveillance on his home and monitored more than 60 online prostitution advertisements that they say Tucker posted online.
“And then they were finally able to set up an undercover detective with an arrangement there [Thursday],” Police spokesperson Rob Shaw said.
Neighbors said the revolving door of activity started sometime in October. Suspicion grew when the usually-empty visitor parking spaces were constantly full, sometimes with work trucks in the middle of the day.
Police said those living at Hillcrest Villas did the right thing by taking their suspicion to the next level.
“It’s important for neighbors and neighborhoods like that, if you see something really crazy or unusual, don’t hesitate to call us,” Shaw added.