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'Smash and grab' robberies investigated in Pasco County

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HUDSON (FOX 13) -

For two months, there's a been a bit of a crime spree in Pasco County.

Sheriff's office investigators say a man seen on surveillance video attempting to break into Kamala Food Mart in Hudson is behind 13 smash and grab burglaries since January.

"We believe one to two individuals or suspects, they're breaking into businesses midnight and 6 a.m. in the morning," said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco.

The suspects have gotten away with cash and merchandise.

Investigators say a person seen siting in the video from Kamala's is not a suspect but they say they do believe all 13 jobs are the work of the same crime duo.

"I do believe it's the same people at this time, there are some similarities in the M.O.," said Pasco County Detective Anthony Scarpati.

They've hit stores in Port Richey and New Port Richey but most of their work takes place in Hudson -- nine locations in total.

"No one keeps any cash on hand," said William Ernst.

Ernst's computer repair shops sits in a strip mall on State Road 52 in Hudson.

He says when he came to work March 1, he noticed the door at Fancy Tails Exotic Pet Boutique had been broken so he called the police.

"I started calling 911 to get the cops on the phone and I started walking back and I noticed his door was busted out also," said Ernst.

Joseph Michael Hair Salon was the other victim, Ernst's business was not hit.

"I don't know, and I'm happy he didn't, I have the lettering on the window, that costs money," said Ernst.

While these suspects are on the loose Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco has a bit of advice for local businesses.

"Lock everything in their safe, don't leave anything available," said Nocco. "The more they can put away, the more that they can hide in a safe the better off they will be."

William Ernst says his strip mall might do that, and then some.

"The landlord's thinking about putting some cameras up on the poles," said Ernst.

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