The sight of law enforcement officers swarming local Krispy Kreme rooftops through Saturday shouldn't be cause for alarm.
Police in Tampa and St. Petersburg took over the doughnut chain's local rooftops Thursday in an effort to raise money for Special Olympics charities.
Visitors to the stores at 3113 W Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa and 9100 Fourth St. N in St. Petersburg found police officers lowering buckets with coupons into the drive-through lanes and accepting donations at doorways until 10 a.m.
The swap went like this: For a $1 donation, you'll receive one free Original Glazed doughnut. For $20, you'll get one dozen Original Glazed doughnuts. $200 will get you a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts each month for 12 months, and $1,000 will earn you a doughnut party — up to 50 dozen Original Glazed doughnuts.
Mounted officers and, at the St. Petersburg location, a SWAT vehicle known as the Bearcat set up shop in the parking lot to spark interest. In Tampa, Officer Ellen Schnatz rode a police horse named Red through the drive-through so the animal could collect a cinnamon apple-filled donut.
Florida Department of Corrections staff will man the rooftops today and Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputies will take donations Saturday. The participating agencies hope to raise $3,000 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics during the three-day event.