Police say a thief made off with $4,000 worth of donated watches from Largo thrift store Saturday

LARGO, Fla - An open cash register and an empty jewelry case met RCS Thrift Store Director, Linda Sofarelli, when she walked into work Sunday morning.

Money and more than $4,000 worth of donated watches meant for a Father's Day sale were stolen, Largo police say.

Largo Police say the store's alarm sounded Saturday night and notified Sofarelli.  However, when she met them at the store at 2960 East Bay Drive, everything seemed fine.

Then, police say the alarm sounded a second time later that night and everything appeared normal.

The burglar stole several thousand dollars worth of jewelry, watches, purses, cash and other items of value, police say. 

The watches were donated by Dilliard's and included brands like Fossil, DKNY and Michael Kors.

Authorities determined the burglar entered through a back door.   Dead bolts have since been added to the door to prevent his from occurring again. 

"I just felt sick to my stomach when I walked in," said Sofarelli in press release.  "Who would want to rob a charity?"

The store does have security cameras.  However, there was a power surge due to a storm, according to Sofarelli, and the cameras were not on at the time of the crime.

Founded in 1967, the RCS concentrates it social service efforts on providing food, shelter, safety and clothing to individuals in Pinellas County.  Sales to the public help to fund each of these efforts in the community and the store provides household goods to participants of other RCS programs.

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