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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]
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