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Police search for burglar who broke into South Tampa businesses

TAMPA —Police are looking for a man they believe broke into several Davis Islands and South Tampa businesses early Sunday morning — and left empty-handed in most cases.

Detectives say the suspect, who is captured in one restaurant's surveillance video, fled when alarms went off.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying him. Video from the Royal Palace restaurant burglary is available on the police department's Facebook page at The suspect can be seen in the bottom left corner.

The break-ins occurred between midnight and 9 a.m.

The restaurants hit include Estela's Mexican Restaurant at 209 E Davis Blvd., Royal Palace Thai Restaurant at 811 S Howard Ave., 717 South Restaurant at 717 S Howard Ave., the Bungalow restaurant at 2202 W Kennedy Blvd., Miguel's Mexican Restaurant at 3035 W Kennedy Blvd. and Rick's Italian Cafe at 214 E Davis Blvd. The suspect fled Rick's with bottles of liquor.

Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous, and still be eligible for a cash reward, are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or report online at

Police search for burglar who broke into South Tampa businesses 07/25/11 [Last modified: Monday, July 25, 2011 7:17pm]
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