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TV mounts can still be seen on a wall after thieves stole the flat-screen.  (Source: CBS4)

TV mounts can still be seen on a wall after thieves stole the flat-screen. (Source: CBS4)

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POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – Deputies believe a team of burglars with a special interest in businesses’ flat-screen televisions are involved in 16 burglaries since early November.

Three burglars, according to Broward Sheriff’s Office, are believed to be behind the similar burglaries since the first of November in Pompano Beach, as well as other cities in the north end of Broward.

Investigators believe the criminals are hitting more than one business in the same night.

Most recently, the crew of burglars got away with two televisions, and a cash register, from Alexa’s Organic Farmers Market at 3890 N. Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point. For owner Alexa Habe, it’s frustrating.  “My father and I, we come to work every day, work 8 to 8 if not longer than that and I wasn’t expecting to replace two tvs, a register  and a broken door right before christmas, it’s sad,” she said.

On November 20, at 7:45 am, police believe the same three burglars stole two 50” flat-screen televisions from Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Pompano Beach. Surveillance cameras captured the trio as they circled the restaurant in a green, older-model Toyota. The criminals then stopped the car at the back of the restaurant, and two of the men got out and grabbed the TVs.

The security tape shows one of the thieves was a man with a thin build, shoulder-length dread locks, a dark-colored shirt and tan baggy shorts. The second man had a thin build, short hair and wore a black tank top and red sneakers.

The thieves caused serious damage when they stole two TVs from Excel Barber Shop in Pompano Beach on November 25.

Three days later, police said, the team targeted Bru’s Room in Pompano Beach, stealing a total of eight large televisions.   “They seem to be focusing on small businesses, neighborhood businesses and also restaurants,” said BSO Spokeswoman Gina Carter.   “They’re hitting places like barber shops, farmers markets, restaurants like Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza and Bru’s room

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or to www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest.\

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