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St. Petersburg police seek help catching Purple Burglar

ST. PETERSBURG — Purple was the color of choice of a burglar who broke into two homes near each other last month.

Police are seeking help to identify the man and his accomplice and have released a security video showing the man they have dubbed the Purple Burglar wearing a pair of purple pants, purple jacket and black shirt.

"We think that's a very distinguishable characteristic and hopefully somebody will recognize him and help us out," said Jen Dawkins, St. Petersburg police spokeswoman.

"We're using Facebook and Twitter a lot to attempt to ID criminals. This one seems to be popular, because he seems to be wearing such an outlandish outfit."

Police said the man in purple and his accomplice broke into a rear window at 5591 16th Ave N, about 7:45 a.m. Feb. 19. They took several items, including a revolver.

Later that day, they broke into a rear bedroom window at 5612 17th Ave N and stole electronic items.

Police say the man in purple first approached a home near to the second house, where a surveillance video shows him ringing the doorbell. He left and was caught on camera again, this time breaking into the window of the nearby home. The two men are seen leaving in a silver sedan, possibly a 2006-2011 silver, 4-door, Toyota Camry, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Burglary Unit at (727) 893-7254 or the Communications Center at (727) 893-7780. They may also Text-A-Tip to (727) 420-8911 or leave a confidential tip at 727-892-5000.









Police say this man, shown in an image from surveillance video, broke into two homes in February.

St. Petersburg Police Department

Police say this man, shown in an image from surveillance video, broke into two homes in February.

St. Petersburg police seek help catching Purple Burglar 03/03/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:05am]
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