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Winn-Dixie rooftop burglars steal thousands

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Updated: 2/06 9:58 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- They go in through the roof, steal money from the ATM, and leave before police arrive.  Winn-Dixie stores in several nearby counties have been burglarized the same way.

The Winn-Dixie at 1010 S. Ponce de Leon in St. Augustine was hit by a repeat criminal who broke in through the roof, went straight to the ATM and got away with more than $18,000.

There are similar Winn-Dixie burglary cases in Flagler and Duval counties.

"It can be frustrating for an agency or the multiple agencies that have something like this going on. It's difficult when you have multiple jurisdictions getting involved because of communication issues but we're working through that," said Sgt. Brian Frasca with the St. Augustine Police Department.

Action News wasn't allowed access to the surveillance video, but the suspect is described as a white male wearing all black.

"The suspect is getting access to the roof, prying open a way into the roof, dropping down into the business and is targeting the ATMs inside the business," said Frasca.

Law enforcement agencies are working together to find the person or people responsible for the Winn-Dixie ATM crimes.

"We're unaware whether it's more than one. One person is going into the building, but we don't know if there are others outside," said Frasca.

Police tell us customers aren't in any danger. The burglaries have all happened at night when the store is closed.
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