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Burglaries down in South Tampa

By Times Staff report
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 8, 2002

The number of burglaries in South Tampa dropped significantly in February, offering relief to homeowners worried about a recent rash of daytime break-ins.

Police records show 100 burglaries were reported south of Kennedy Boulevard in February, compared with 146 in January and 123 in December. That's a decline of 32 percent and 19 percent, respectively.

Police can't say for sure why the numbers went down, but suspect the thieves may have left town or been arrested. A few burglary suspects were arrested, but none was suspected of committing the bulk of the daytime break-ins, Detective Jack Diaz said.

In November, police began to notice an increase in burglaries, especially ones that happened during the day. Intruders broke into homes when people were working and stole items they could carry out undetected.

Police said they probably staked out houses and waited for residents to leave.

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