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Bold burglar targeting South Tampa victims while they're home

11:38 PM, May 8, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA, Fla.- Police are alerting residents in South Tampa about a bold burglar they believe is responsible for entering six homes over the past six weeks, stealing personal belongings while residents are home.

The burglaries have all occurred in areas around Gandy Boulevard east of Westshore between sunset and midnight.

Hemu Adhikari is one of the latest victims. He says the burglar entered his home while his wife was in the shower. "Someone must have been watching her through the window," said Adhikari, who believes that's how the intruder knew where his wife hid her valuables.

Tampa police say in each instance the burglar entered through an unlocked window or door. In one case, he even entered through a doggie door.

"I think he's just looking for opportunity," said Lt. Ruben Delgado of the Tampa Police Department. "The unlocked window, the unlocked door, that's the easiest way to get in.
You can just walk in, walk out, steal the stuff, and leave."

Police are urging South Tampa residents to double check and make sure their doors and windows are secured. One of the victims even suggests adding lighting around the home.

Police are looking for a man, 19 to 25 years old, about 6' tall, with a thin to medium build. He has used a dark colored hooded sweatshirt or black t-shirt to conceal his face.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130.

Here is a list of homes targeted so far:

Burglary #1
3/24/12 10:30pm
6200 block of West Richard Avenue
The suspect possibly climbed through an open living room window and took personal electronics.

Burglary #2
3/29/12 11:05pm
3600 block of West Wallace Avenue
The suspect possibly entered through a kitchen window and took a purse and wallet.

Burglary #3
4/1/12 8:40pm
7100 block of South Wall Street
The suspect reached through a sliding door and took a purse.

Burglary #4
4/10/12 11:10pm
4600 block of South Matanzas Avenue
The suspect tired to climb through a window in a bedroom, but was scared off by the home owner and didn't get anything.

Burglary #5
4/18/12 12:07am
4400 block of West Iowa Avenue
The suspect possibly gained access through a doggie door. Nothing was taken, but police believe the suspect went through a purse inside the home.

Burglary #6
4500 block of West Rogers Avenue
The suspect entered through a sliding glass door and took cash from the residence.

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