WATCH: Deputies catch sex offender found hiding in plastic bin

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) — Pasco County Sheriff’s Office detectives say they found a registered sex offender hiding in a plastic storage bin inside a garage at a Florida home when they were following up on a Crime Stoppers tip.

Thomas Mock, 37
Thomas Mock, 37

Deputies say they found Thomas Mock Jr., 37, hiding out in the garage, despite his best efforts to hide inside a plastic bin. He was arrested on multiple charges including failing to register as as sex offender, resisting arrest without violence, battery, criminal mischief, DWLS, and grand theft.

Two others were arrested for harboring a sex offender. Deputies say Steven Peavey and Danielle Dyer were not honest with them when asked if Mock was there. One other person, Nancy Reyes, was also inside the home and arrested for violation of probation.

Detectives with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office will release more information on Tuesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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