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Dunedin businesses targeted by thief

Posted at 6:12 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 10:38:25-05

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Several businesses in Downtown Dunedin say they are being targeted by a thief that is looking to steal cash.

Through a back window at the Scone Age Bakery on Skinner Boulevard, Larry Jaffe says a person made their way into the shop quickly to steal money from the cash register.

“This is a rather narrow space,” Jaffe said, as he showed us the window in the bathroom. “It was very fast because the break in was at 8:30 p.m. and the cops were here by 8:35.”

He says the person got away with $150. But, he says the money they’ve spent to fix the window plus get new lights and security cameras is costing them over $1000.

Whoever this is, wants cash. They didn’t take paintings, they didn’t take electronic equipment, they didn’t take any kitchen equipment. They just took the cash,” he said.

But Rosa's Florist and Gifts in Dunedin says they had more than just cash stolen - they had electronics, checks and two charity boxes taken.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, there have been nine burglaries since the end of November in the city of Dunedin and all with the same MO — the person smashed a window with a rock or brick and stealing money.

“He’s been hitting small businesses in Dunedin,” said Jaffe.

Security footage shows a man on a bike making his way to and from the back parking lot of the bakery around the time of the burglary.

New pictures from the Pinellas County Sheriffs office, taken from Florida Pool Tech, shows a man on security footage with a white hat and backpack around another business that was burglarized.

“We have to band together a lot closer and we’re working on getting someone from the sheriffs department to come to the next Restaurant Association meeting,” said Jaffe.

Deputies say they are trying to find out who the person is.

If you know their identity or anything about these crimes you’re asked to call the detective Munoz at 727) 582-5668 or e-mail them at