Burglar Breaks Into Five Restaurants Within Hours: Deputies

The burglar, who was caught on camera, is also suspected of at least 15 other burglaries in Broward County.

By Lisa Orkin Emmanuel
|  Monday, Apr 30, 2012  |  Updated 3:36 PM EDT
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On Monday, authorities released surveillance video of a burglar who broke into five restaurants within three hours in Broward County.

On Monday, authorities released surveillance video of a burglar who broke into five restaurants within three hours in Broward County.

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On Monday, authorities released surveillance video of a burglar who broke into five restaurants within three hours in Broward County.

The burglar is also suspected of at least 15 other burglaries within the county, said the Broward Sheriff's Office.

He started on April 17 at 11:30 p.m., hitting China Chief Restaurant at 1323 S. State Road 7 in North Lauderdale, authorities said. The suspect threw something through the glass door, went inside and stole money from the register and left.

About 30 minutes later, a person matching the same description, burgled three Tamarac restaurants and then one in Oakland Park, the sheriff's office said.

Four of the five restaurants were Asian, authorities said.

Money was stolen in each burglary and in some cases flat screen TVs.

According to surveillance video, the suspect was wearing a ski mask, gloves, baggy pants, black sneakers and a dark jacket with a horizontal stripe across the chest and arms. He was carrying a backpack.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Broward Sheriff's Office at 954-720-2231 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or online.

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