Thursday, June 21, 2018
Public safety

Video shows smash-and-grab burglary suspect

TAMPA — Surveillance video captured images of a man who smashed through the front doors of two north Tampa hair salons Tuesday morning and authorities hope the public can help identify him.

The man was first spotted about 7:10 a.m. loitering in front of Prestige African Braiding at 13918 N Florida Ave., according to Hillsborough County sheriff's officials. After pacing in front of the business for a minute, the man used a tire iron to smash through the front door. He went inside, but left without taking anything, authorities said.

He got into a late model silver Hyundai Elantra and headed north to Martha's Image Hair Studio at 18125 U.S. 41, officials said. About 7:45 a.m., he smashed through the front door and later left with cash he found inside.

The man is described as between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 170 pounds with a thin build, dark hair and facial hair. In surveillance video from the burglaries, he wore a gray T-shirt, dark pants and a black ball cap.

Anyone with information regarding the man's identity is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.

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