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Veterans groups targeted in string of burglaries

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Veterans groups targeted in burglaries

Since December, at least seven charitable organizations in Pasco County have been victims of burglaries, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

Several of those organizations were veterans groups.

It's unclear whether the same suspects are responsible for all of the burglaries, which stretch from west Pasco to Hernando County, and possibly into Sumter County. The burglaries, however, have followed a similar pattern: The assailants drive to the buildings in a stolen car, break in and steal money raised through fundraisers, such as bingo.

Among the victimized organizations are American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Holiday, a VFW and American Legion in Hudson, a VFW in Spring Hill, an American Veterans post in Holiday and the Polish-American Association in Holiday.

So far, all of the burglaries have happened when the buildings have been empty.

"We're lucking no one's been injured yet," said Pasco County sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll.

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