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Thieves target St. Petersburg maintenance contractor in broad daylight

Posted at 4:41 PM, Mar 14, 2017

A warning across Tampa Bay as thieves are targeting hard working contractors for what's inside their work trucks.  The St. Petersburg Police Department received a report Monday morning from workers with Pinellas Property Premium Care.

The employees called police after they realized someone went inside the cab of their work truck while they were working in the front and backyard in the Historic Park Street area.

Along with personal items, a deposit bag was taken from the unlocked work truck, but there was no money in it.

Owner Warren Ayotte said workers are consistently in and out of their work truck while landscaping.

"They know guys (workers) don't lock their vehicles because we get in and out of them all day," said Ayotte.

Ayotte tells us one of the workers were mowing the yard, while another turned his back on the truck.

"It just takes a few seconds for them to jump out, get into the vehicle, and grab whatever they can."

Thieves are going for unlocked doors for easier items to grab, rather than the back of the work truck where they keep their expensive equipment.

"Police said they're targeting cable guys, roofers, electricians, plumbers, the whole thing," said Ayotte.

St. Petersburg police tell us this is a crime of opportunity and a reminder to lock any unattended doors.

Ayotte said other reports were made too.

Police point out it is Spring Break for kids in Pinellas County -- not to mention their is more work as Spring approaches. 

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