Investigators with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said that surveillance cameras recorded a white, 4-door Ford Dually at different Central Florida convenience stores overnight, which they believe was being used as a getaway car in three break-ins. In each case, burglars used crowbars to break in the front door of the businesses.
The first target, a Speedy Foodmart on U.S. Hwy. 17-92 in Longwood, was hit at 2 a.m. Seminole County sheriff's deputies said the thieves got away with two registers and the owner's computer bag.
Minutes later, at 2:10 a.m., that same big truck was spotted again at a Sunoco on State Road 434 in Winter Springs. Surveillance video clearly shows five suspects with masks and gloves prying the door open with crowbars. Once inside, the crooks divide and conquer. One guy grabs the register, another takes cigarettes, and another searches for loose cash. One by one, they all take a crack at loosening the ATM that's bolted to the floor. One swift karate style ninja kick loosens it right up.
"In under three minutes, they were in and out," said Winter Springs Police Chief Kevin Brunelle, as he showed the video. He said it is obvious that these guys have done this before. "They're very well organized. The plan is very well put together."
At 2:49 a.m., police were called out to the Evan's Foodmart on Goldenrod, where the store clerk said thieves swiped two of his cash registers.
Later, officers spotted a big, distinct, white Ford truck. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office helicopter followed it from above in Apopka and police set up a perimeter. The truck, which deputies said was stolen, was found abandoned. Deputies said it was reported stolen Monday night.
A few blocks away, officers took three suspects into custody for questioning. Two were released. A third suspect was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.