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TPD searching for thief who hit same restaurant twice
6:42 PM, Apr 16, 2014
A brazen thief hits a restaurant twice while its serving customers.
Tampa police are looking for a brazen thief who struck a restaurant full of customers.
Investigators fear if he's not caught soon, his crimes could get more dangerous.
The thief has robbed Tate's Pizzeria on Westshore Boulevard twice.
"You just have to keep an eye on everybody," said owner Tom Tate.
Tate said the man police are looking for breaks into video game machines and has made off with hundreds of dollars in minutes.
The first robbery happened in November. The suspect returned April 4 and stole money from the same game machine.
"We're a lot more aware now because I never thought at lunch time that somebody would be that brave or could break in and take it that quickly," Tate said.
But police said they don't think he's done and fear things could get worse.
Investigators said the same suspect went back a third time, two days after his most recent robbery, and sat at the bar.
"We're thinking now that he's getting a little bit braver he may be going for the big robbery and that's why we have the police involved," Tate said.
During his most recent trip to Tate's, the suspicious man doesn't take anything, but he does walk past a camera, giving police a good description of the man they're looking for.
Police don't think this is the only place he has robbed and want to catch him before he tries something more dangerous.
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