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A man strolls into a CVS. He comes out with nearly $8,000 from the store safe.

Brazen crook steals nearly $8K from CVS safe

The Miami Police Department is looking for a man they say stole nearly $8,000 from a safe in the manager's office of a Little Havana CVS Pharmacy on May 18, 2017.
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The Miami Police Department is looking for a man they say stole nearly $8,000 from a safe in the manager's office of a Little Havana CVS Pharmacy on May 18, 2017.

A man made his way into the manager’s office of a CVS, stole nearly $8,000 from the store safe, disconnected the store’s surveillance monitor and left — and store employees didn’t see any of this, police said.

The burglary happened at about 2:30 a.m. May 15 at the CVS at 1177 SW Eighth St., in the heart of Little Havana, Miami police said Tuesday.

According to police, the suspected thief, a man between 40 and 60, and 5-feet, 7-inches tall to 5-foot, 9-inches tall, was walking through the store’s aisles and appeared to be talking on his cell phone. He went into the manager’s office and closed the door quietly, unnoticed by the employees, according to surveillance video.

Once inside, the man grabbed an unknown item from behind a computer monitor, then knelt on the floor in front of the safe. He slipped on blue rubber gloves before opening it and reaching inside, according to the video.

He stuffed the contents of the safe — $7,989 in total — inside his waistband, hiding the money under his shirt. Before leaving the office, he disconnected the store surveillance monitor and computer hard drive and threw them in a black, drawstring bag, which he slung over his shoulder as he left the office, the video shows.

The store’s management didn’t realize the money and computer equipment were stolen until later that day, when a Brink’s employee came to collect the store’s deposit — and there was none.

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