Pasco sheriff’s deputies are investigating a two-month crime spree of business burglaries, primarily in the Hudson area.
Detectives believe one man, possibly two, are responsible for at least 13 burglaries in the county.
To get at merchandise inside closed businesses, the male suspect smashes the glass front door or a window to gain entry and then takes what he can.
The crimes take place between midnight and 6 a.m.
“They’re taking whatever items are available, whether it be cash, coins,” Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said Thursday morning. “They’re only in there for several minutes at the most. They’re not spending a lot of time and they’re getting out of there. We have some video out there, we need the public’s assistance. Somebody out there knows something that’s going on and if you do, please notify law enforcement.”
The burglaries, which began at the start of January and continued through March 5, have taken place between Mondays and Thursdays.
“It’s mom and pop businesses and to replace a window and a door is about $300-$500,” Detective Anthony Scarpati said. “A lot of times, insurance doesn’t cover that, so that’s a lot of money out of people’s pockets right now.”
Scarpati said there are similarities in motive with each case, which has linked the cases together. He also said the suspect or suspects – white male, between 30 and 45 years old, 160-190 pounds and between 5-foot-9 and 6-foot – committing the crimes are local residents.
The latest burglary took place March 4 at Fancy Tails Exotic Pet Boutique, 8811 State Road 52 in Hudson.
“To the businesses, please know that we are on this case,” Nocco said. “We are working as hard as we can and this is why we’re bringing it to the public’s (attention) because as a team, we’ve proven that with the help of the citizens … we’ve shown that we can solve a lot of cases and this, hopefully, will be one of them.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Pasco Sheriffs Office at (727) 847-5878 or (800) 706-2488.