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Pickaxe burglars strike again in Port St. Lucie, police say

Posted at 11:53 AM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 10:59:21-04

“You’re a small business owner. You’re trying to make a living and to have something like this happen.  It's tough," said David See, as he finished up the lunch rush Wednesday at his restaurant A Slice of Heaven in Port St. Lucie.

Surveillance video caught two masked women burglarizing the restaurant last Friday.
One was carrying a pickaxe.

“Kind of an unwieldy tool to be swinging around.  They were in and out of here as quick as they could," said See.

Over at Sweet and Salty on Port St. Lucie Boulevard, the mood is a little sour.  Millie Pepper says they’ve had great community support since opening a few months ago, but seeing her front door smashed and her business ransacked was tough.

“I’ve seen it happen to other people but I never thought it was going to happen to me," said Pepper.   

Police say at least one of the women in the surveillance video looks very familiar to them.

“It looks like the same female that had busted into two stores last week," said Master Sgt. Frank Sabol with Port St. Lucie Police.

Surveillance video from a jewelry store that was hit July 19th shows one person using a pick axe to get in while the woman acts as a lookout.
Similar crimes have also been reported last week in Martin and St. Lucie Counties.

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Two women, including one wielding a pickaxe, are wanted for burglarizing businesses in St. Lucie County,  police say.

They are suspected of breaking into Slice of Heaven Italian Restaurant on U.S. 1 and Sweet and Salty Restaurant on SE Port St. Lucie Boulevard last Friday.

At the pizza restaurant front doors were smashed, an office was ransacked and a safe and a cash drawer were stolen.

At the other restaurant, the front door was also smashed and an undisclosed amount of money was taken from the cash register.

Based on surveillance video, police describe the suspects as two women who covered their faces and dressed in black.

Police say the burglaries are similar to break-ins in mid-July at a Caribbean restaurant and a jewelry and pawn shop.

If you have any information you are urged to call Port St. Lucie Police at (772) 871-5001 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273 TIPS.