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Shoplifters growing more brazen

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Photo courtesy HCSO. Photo courtesy HCSO.
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies are on the lookout for two separate teams of shoplifters, caught on camera stealing hundreds of dollars in merchandise.

The first crime happened at the Sunglass Hut at Brandon Town Center. Deputies say three men walked into the store, and starting grabbing dozens of pairs of pricey shades, right in front of the lone store employee.

"He was just basically in shock by the utter brazenness of them. Here it is the middle of the day, and they just start ripping stuff off of the counters," HCSO spokeswoman Debbie Carter said Monday.

The trio took off with more than $4,500 worth of sunglasses.

Unfortunately, investigators say this bold-style of shoplifting is becoming a trend. Just last week, a pair of men were spotted on surveillance cameras stuffing a backpack with more than $450 in condoms from a West Hillsborough Avenue CVS.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is hiking marked and undercover patrols around malls during the holiday season. They ask anyone with information on either of the two crimes to give them a call (813-247-8200), or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers (1-800-873-TIPS).

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