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Law enforcement descends on east Tampa home

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There's a lot of mystery surrounding the house at 4808 43rd Street. It has a manicured lawn, backyard balcony, and brand new construction  -- all of which don't exactly mesh with its old East Tampa neighborhood.

Turns out, it stood out to the IRS, too.

Nancy Fitzpatrick was walking her grandkids to school when marked and undercover police swarmed the house.

"We've been in this area for 40 years and never in my life have I seen so many police cars," Fitzpatrick said Wednesday.

The details of this investigation are still under wraps, but investigators with the Tampa Bay Identity Theft Alliance didn't leave empty-handed. Three cars were toted off, including a Cadillac sports car. Investigators also towed away a motorcycle.

"I didn't know that all them cars were back there. We just saw his truck and another car but we didn't know there were that many cars back there," neighbor Lee Wells said.

Hour after hour, investigators with the IRS, the Tampa Police Department, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office brought out bag after bag of evidence from inside.

James Cobb, 35, left the home in handcuffs.

"I know he had a car wash and we just seen him go in and out. We'd never seen much heavy traffic over there, so it's kind of a surprise," Wells said Wednesday.

Cobb's arrest certainly isn't offering much closure. Neighbors say he completed construction of the home just a few months ago. Now, they're left with more questions than answers about their new neighbor.

"If it turns out to be something he is responsible for, I hope he's learned a lesson," Fitzpatrick said.

Cobb was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, which is a violation of his federal probation.

The IRS is staying very tight-lipped about their investigation. They say it's in the early stages and right now they're just gathering evidence and building their case.

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