Deputies investigating smash-and-grab at Tampa jewelry store

- Hillsborough County deputies were on the scene of a burglary Monday morning at a Tampa jewelry store.

Deputies said an alarm at the Safas Jewelry and Gifts store at 8492 West Hillsborough Avenue triggered around 3:05 a.m. Deputies responded within minutes of the call but said when they arrived they found shattered glass and no suspect in sight.

The glass on the store's front door was smashed using a brick paver, according to deputies, so was a jewelry case just inside. They said an undisclosed amount of valuables were stolen during the smash and grab.

K9 and helicopter units were deployed but no suspect was found in the area. Deputies said they are searching for a man, approximately 5;8 to 5'10 tall, thin build, who was seen wearing a long sleeve shirt, athletic style pants, black shoes and black gloves.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office asked for anyone with information on the suspect to call them at 813-247-8200.

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