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Thief cuts power before vandalizing five Seffner businesses

Posted at 12:33 PM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 18:42:26-05

SEFFNER, Fla. — A Seffner strip mall was targeted early Tuesday morning as burglars tried to smash and grab five different stores.

Business owners arrived to find their front doors smashed, glass lying on the floor and registers taken.

It happened around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning along Highway 92.

Each door was destroyed in front of Martha’s Family Restaurant, Martha’s Ice Cream, Salon J, TK’s Custom Cuts and Secret Place Nail Salon. Luckily, owners say nothing of value besides empty registers were taken.

What rattles owners most is the thief pulled into the outlet and flipped a breaker which turned off the power as well as the security cameras.

Luckily, those cameras were on battery backup and caught the entire situation unravel.

ABC Action News reporter Andrea Lyon interviewed one of the business owners who had a message for the person or people responsible.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.

To be eligible for a cash  reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online or send a mobile tip using their P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

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