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Break-ins plague shopping center

Despite relatively slim pickings, Colonial Plaza shopping center has become a favorite target of burglars, with 10 break-ins over the past 11 days. Burglars have broken into six of the eight businesses at the shopping center at 4090 U.S. 19, hitting some offices more than once.

What they took is fairly minor: A few hundred dollars at one business, a couple of tape recorders at another, a mere $1 in change from another.

Oliver & Co. CPA office had a total of about $80 in petty cash taken from its office on the two occasions. About $30 was stolen the first time, sometime between May 24 and May 28, and $50 was stolen Tuesday night.

Hernando County Laboratory Inc., a blood-testing laboratory, was one of the hardest hit businesses: It lost a total of $318 _ and a box of rubber gloves _ on Tuesday night and on the night of May 29.

According to Hernando County Sheriff's Office reports, most of the other businesses have had much smaller amounts stolen from them:

Action Title Services Inc. had about $50 stolen Tuesday night.

The office of lawyer Ray Shaw had an undetermined amount of petty cash stolen Tuesday night.

Spring Hill Chiropractic Center also had some petty cash stolen, as well as a Dictaphone and a cassette recorder May 31. It lost another cassette recorder Tuesday night.

Browning Insurance Agency Inc. had $1 worth of coins stolen from an employee's desk Tuesday night.

In each of the break-ins, the burglars pried open or otherwise broke a window to enter the offices. At one scene, investigators found a portion of a rubber glove, according to Sheriff's Office reports.

Sheriff's Office investigators have no suspects in any of the cases, according to the reports.