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Police hunting for suspects in connection to string of Suffolk burglaries

Sweet Escape Bakery in Bayport is one of at least four businesses that police say was burglarized since the beginning of the month.

News 12 Staff

Dec 18, 2020, 11:14 PM

Updated 1,281 days ago

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Multiple businesses in Suffolk have fell victim to brazen burglaries this month, leaving their owners already trying to get by in a pandemic in a more difficult spot.
Sweet Escape Bakery in Bayport is one of at least four businesses that police say was burglarized since the beginning of the month.
Owner Frank Cocozzelli says his business just opened a month ago and being burglarized has been devastating. He says a thief pried open a back door before breaking into the cash register and stealing about $1,000.
"People are putting their life savings into their businesses to really keep it going, and they're fighting and putting it to the grind, they're doing everything they can. And you come in one day and realize you got robbed," says Cocozzelli.
Cocozzelli says within hours of discovering the damage, he worked with his father-in-law to replace it by hand and bolted it shut on the other side.
Elsewhere, surveillance video shows a person hurling a brick at the window of another store that fell victim -- Gold Palace Jewelry in Patchogue. The store owner says the person broke through the fortified glass and made off with approximately 150 rings, valued at around $10,000.
Police say the other businesses burglarized since the beginning of the month were a Gap Outlet in Bellport and a Dollar Tree store in Sayville.
It's not clear if the same person is responsible for all the burglaries, but Suffolk Police Chief Stuart Cameron says officers in the area are on high alert.
"We push updated intelligence out so officers can be aware of suspicious vehicles, suspicious persons that we may be looking at," says Cameron.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.


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