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More rooftop burglaries in Lee County, small businesses on alert

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Posted at 9:54 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 06:33:44-05

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. — More businesses have been hit in a string of burglaries in Lee County. Authorities e are desperate to find who's responsible.

Two more restaurants were burglarized late Tuesday night, making it a total of 15 businesses in just a few weeks.

The Athenian Greek Restaurant, a family business in North Fort Myers, was ransacked Tuesday night.

The manager told Fox 4 the damages inside will cost thousands of dollars.

"The ceiling was destroyed some damage to the air conditioning unit," says Stulianos Tsovolos, the Athenian Greek Restaurant Manager.

The Greek restaurant was left in shambles, becoming one of 15 businesses burglarized within 3 weeks.

Authorities said it's the same M.O. every time, the guy gets in through the roof and leaves with stolen cash.

The manager said the person got in through the air conditioning unit, which will cost them a lot of money to fix.

It's the same story for three other businesses at a strip plaza on Palm Beach Boulevard in Fort Myers.

They were hit late Sunday night.

Authorities have every reason to believe it's the same person committing these crimes.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers say the criminal knows the lay of the land and is very skilled. They say he likely has a criminal history.

Police have these surveillance photos of him and need your help catching him.

If you have any information, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.

If you have a small business, this is an excellent reminder to not leave cash in the register overnight and use surveillance as an extra layer of protection.

Another business was hit in North Fort Myers Tuesday night, but deputies have not released the name of it yet.

The Greek restaurant is back open.