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 January 30th, 2009  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara discussed burglary at payday loan business
Thieves broke into a payday loan store overnight in unincorporated St. Lucie County and stole cash from the store safe, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“When workers at Advance America Cash Advance, 7540 South U.S.1, got to the store between 7 and 7:30 this morning, they discovered the break-in and called 9-1-1,” Sheriff Mascara said.

The thieves pried open the back door to the business and apparently used a saw to cut a hole in the safe and steal the money, the Sheriff said. They also took a computer that was recording video inside the store.

“We are working closely with the Port St. Lucie Police Department, which also is investigating a similar overnight theft of money from a payday loan store and an attempted break-in at another payday loan store,” Sheriff Mascara said. “There are numerous similarities in all three cases.”

Those who have information on the 7540 South U.S.1 theft are asked to call Sheriff detective offices at 772-462-3230 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (1-800-273-8477.)

Tipsters to Crime Stoppers don’t have to give their names to be eligible for a cash reward if the tip leads to an arrest.

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