Brazen donut shop bandit smashes, dashes with cash

A burglar apparently wasn’t hungry for donuts when he broke into the Dixie Cream Donut shop overnight Sunday. Instead, he was seeking cash – and almost made it out of the eatery with the cash register.

The Port St. Lucie Police Department is investigating the burglary, which happened at the shop, located in the 1300 block of SW Bayshore Boulevard, around 9:30 p.m. April 8.

Piecing clues together with surveillance images, the suspect is believed to be a white male who wears glasses. He was wearing a light-colored hat, a dark, long-sleeve shirt, dark pants, and a face mask. He wore latex gloves and was carrying a white satchel.

According to police, the suspect used a hammer to break in through the front door. He grabbed a change box and a bag – presumably with cash inside – as well as the cash register. When he attempted to flee through the broken front door, the suspect hit his head and dropped the cash register, police said.

Rather than grab the cash register, the man left the shop with the bag and cash box.

Police do not yet know how the suspect approached or left the eatery, whether by foot or vehicle. The burglar got a two-hour head start on investigators, according to the police department. A patrol office noticed a downed light pole in the area around 11:37 p.m. Sunday, which prompted a canvass of the area for surveillance cameras.

The patrol officer, instead, found the smashed in front door to the donut shop, which prompted the burglary investigation.

Police spokesman Master Sgt. Frank Sabol said investigators have not yet determined whether the burglar had anything to do with the light pole’s falling.

Anyone with information regarding the burglary is encouraged to contact the police department by calling 772-871-5001 or calling Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS.

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