Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa police seek man in string of business burglaries

TAMPA — Police are seeking a man who broke into businesses to steal money — and usually the cash registers it was in.

He smashed through glass doors or windows to break into eight businesses and steal the cash registers from most of them, police said. The nighttime burglaries happened from April 26 through Saturday.

In two burglaries, he took the cash but not the register. Police think he may have taken the other registers so he could get away quickly. In two other break-ins, the alarm scared him off before he could steal anything.

Surveillance video from at least one of the businesses captured images of the burglar, who police said is in his 30s or 40s.

Police said the string of burglaries should serve as a reminder to businesses not to leave cash in registers overnight and ensure that surveillance cameras are working.

Most of the burglarized businesses were near Interstate 275. Here are the businesses police say he struck or attempted to hit: Tropical Car Wash, 9100 N Nebraska Ave.; Huracan Supermarket, 402 E Sligh Ave.; Parts House, 1032 E Hillsborough Ave.; Hungry Howie's, 2001 E Hillsborough Ave.; Martha's Place, 5202 N Nebraska Ave.; Natural Supreme Smoothie, 1910 E Seventh Ave.; Elmer's Sports Cafe, 2003 E Seventh Ave.; and True Auto Care, 802 E Sligh Ave.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call them at (813) 231-6130.

Tampa police seek man in string of business burglaries 05/26/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2011 9:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. St. Petersburg showdown: Kriseman faces Baker for first time tonight at the Rev. Louis Murphy Sr.'s church

    Local Government

    A standing-room-only crowd packed a Midtown church banquet hall Tuesday to witness the first face-off between Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker in what is a watershed mayoral contest in the city's history.

    Former Mayor Rick Baker, left, is challenging incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman, right, to become St. Petersburg mayor.
  2. At College World Series, the save goes to an LSU dad/doctor


    OMAHA, Neb. — The father of LSU pitcher Jared Poche' helped revive an 87-year-old man who was slumped on the TD Ameritrade Park concourse with no pulse during Game 1 of the College World Series finals.

    UF’s Tyler Dyson delivers against LSU in Tuesday’s late CWS Game 2. Go to
  3. Plant City police searching for drive-by shooter


    PLANT CITY — Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in an early morning drive-by shooting outside a home.

    John J. Keeper, 49, was shot in the thigh in a drive-by shooting early Tuesday outside this home at 516 E Laura St. in Plant City. [Hillsborough County Property Appraiser]
  4. FSU-Tulane coming to Amalie Arena in December


    Florida State basketball is coming to Tampa.

  5. Taylor Swift congratulates Russell Westbrook on MVP Award