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Smash and grab burglaries


Several Escambia County business owners are strengthening their security after someone broke in several times.

Burglars stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment from the Fix-It on Davis Highway and from Outpost Rentals on Nine Mile road

"It's really brazen we've been in operation here for nearly 20 years and we've had folks come in through the fence before, but we've never really had anybody enter the building like that," said Tim Hawthorne, store manager.

They say the two men entered through the broken glass door and took an electric jack hammer and pressure washer, costing the business nearly 3,000 dollars.    
"We kind of figure someone had been in the store previously saw these things and knew they can do a quick grab."

Hawthorne says the employees do everything they can to secure the business.
"We changed the locks and security systems and all of that, but unfortunately if someone wants to take something theres not really a lot someone can do about it."

This story sounds like deja vu to Fix-It owner Mike Ruzicka.
"They took a brick slammed it."

His business was broken into twice and nearly 2500 dollars of merchandise stolen.
Including lawnmowers, weed wackers, and other equipment.

"We just started off our busy season here and trying to help everybody out and get their lawn equipment going and it's been really hard getting terrorized," said Ruzicka.

He's now adding two German Shepherds to the back of the store and an electric fence to detour people from breaking in.
Both businesses are keeping their eyes on craigslist to see if their items might pop up on the site.

If you have any information about these burglaries you're asked to call crime stoppers at 433-stop.