ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – St. Petersburg police warned residents Wednesday about a rash of smash-and-grab burglaries.
There have been 14 cases since May 5, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department. “The suspects have been going to recreation centers, parks and shopping centers all over the city, and smashing out vehicle windows to steal purses, phones, laptops, etc. left in plain view,” police said.
Police “are asking everyone to secure their personal items in the trunk of the car,” the department said.
Thefts have been reported at Walter Fuller Park, Northwest Rec Center, Lake Vista Park, Maximo Park, Fossil Park, Tyrone Mall, the Best Buy at 6600 22nd Ave. N., and the Bealls at 7899 9th St. N.
Major Cheryl Johnson with the St. Petersburg Police Department talked with News Channel 8 Wednesday.
“We are working on suspects right now. We haven’t narrowed it down but we believe it’s the same that did all of the Thursday to Saturday,” she added. “The key is to lock your vehicles, secure your items in the trunk, and it will solve each and every problem now that we’re having right now with the vehicle burglaries.”
Chris Garris fell victim to a smash-and-grab burglary.
“I guess that they looked in there and they saw that and they thought it may have been some valuables, but they just broke the window. They didn’t take anything,” Garris said. “Maybe that stuff happens at night. But during the day on a Saturday on a baseball field with your family and friends, you don’t want to see that kind of stuff happen, especially in a neighborhood that you live in.”
“It’s frustrating going through all that stuff and having to deal with it for someone just to act foolish,” he added.WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW:
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