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Deputies investigate rash of car break-ins at East Manatee shopping centers

MANATEE -- Burglars used the same methods to break into five vehicles parked at two shopping centers along State Road 70 East in East Manatee on Wednesday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Three of the burglaries happened at the Creekwood Crossings Shopping Center, 7385 52nd Place E., at cars parked in front of the Lowe's store and the Lifestyle Family fitness gym. The other two happened near the Publix store in the Twelve Oaks Plaza, 7290 55th Ave. E., according to a news release.

In each instance, the burglars "punched" a door lock to get inside the vehicle, deputies said, before they looked through center consoles and glove compartments for cash.

The report indicated that money and papers were taken from one of the vehicles at Creekwood Crossing.

Deputies from three different work shifts responded to the burglaries as the reports came in, according to the sheriff's office.

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