Updated:SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —
The search is on for a group of brazen thieves that Seminole County sheriff’s deputies said are responsible for dozens of break-ins.
Deputies said the thieves broke into at least 24 homes and vehicles in the Bear Lake section of Seminole County over a three-month period.
"The thing that hit me between the eyes was I felt so violated," said Richard Dominica, one of the victims.
"I'm embarrassed to tell you $50,000-$70,000 worth of goods was taken from my home," Dominica said.
Thieves swiped everything from expensive silverware to his 240-pound safe with cash and family valuables inside.
Residents in the community said the thieves strike in broad daylight. They pull into driveways and then, in less than three minutes, they're gone.
The Sheriff's Office said it's been aggressively investigating the break-ins since early August.
According to investigators, the group of thieves consists of at least three people.
One victim said the crooks tried to break into her home, with her son inside, just minutes after she left.
Deputies believe the thieves are using stolen vehicles to commit the crimes and said they may be armed.
Investigators said they had some strong leads.
Anyone with information on the break-ins is asked to call the Sheriff's Office.