Friday, December 15, 2017
Public safety

Police seek man who burglarized Tampa day care center

TAMPA — A man broke into a Tampa day care center Tuesday, making off with a grand total of $30 and a laptop computer.

Police released surveillance video Thursday, showing the man rummaging through the business, hoping the public can help identify him.

The man shattered a window just after 9 p.m. Tuesday on the east side of the Achievement Center for Early Learning at 4601 Busch Blvd., police said. He crawled inside the building and walked to an office where he sorted through desk drawers.

He also spent several minutes using a metal tool to pry into a safe, but failed to get it open, police said.

He ended up leaving with a cash box containing $30 and a laptop computer that he found inside the desk, police said. As he walked out of the business, he took a book bag from the children's play area and used it to hide the stolen items.

The man was described as being in his early 20's, about 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10 and 170 pounds. He wore a red ball cap, a white T-shirt and jeans, and white sneakers.

Anyone with information regarding the man's identity is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 873-TIPS (8477).

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