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Hudson pizzeria latest smash-and-grab victim

HUDSON — Another west Pasco business was hit Wednesday by "smash and grab" criminals: Mama Mia Pizzeria at 14038 Hicks Road. The door was shattered at 1:10 a.m. Petty cash was stolen.

Nineteen west side businesses have been burglarized with the same method since July 1.

"This is a crime spree," said Sgt. Chris Beaman of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. He said the county has had these types of crimes in the past — criminals smash a window or door and grab whatever they can — but not this many.

"We need the public's help" to identify suspects, Beaman said.

Surveillance videos can be viewed at youtube.com/pascosheriff.

Three juvenile suspects were recently arrested in a dozen such burglaries, and authorities say two suspects are still at large: James Keith Hudson, 45, and Michael C. O'Neill, 26.

More suspects are likely, authorities said. Beaman asked anyone with information about the crimes to call Detective William Wood toll-free at 1-800-854-2862, ext. 7277. Anonymous calls can be left on the tips line at 1-800-706-2488.

Times staff

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