Search on for Little Italy serial thief

SAN DIEGO - New surveillance photos have been obtained of a man who is breaking into local businesses over the past month.
The burglary suspect is believed to be responsible for multiple break-ins at businesses in the Little Italy neighborhood for the past three weeks. Investigators also suspect he is the same man who broke into a dental office in Carmel Valley posing as a building inspector, when he swiped a dentist’s wallet.

Recently he is believed to have struck 555 West Beech St. and 1500 State St. in Little Italy. On Thursday, San Diego attorney David Miller, who has offices in the Beech Street building, provided 10News with new, grainy images from surveillance video of the break-in.

“This guy seems to be on a one man crime wave down in Little Italy, and he came to our building and hit three floors,” said Miller.

Miller says nothing was stolen during the break-in. According to Miller, on April 29, he stole laptops and several other times from Q International School on State Street.

“I think we're all concerned, you know, everyone is keeping an eye on it,” Miller said. “The guy is so brazen, he's doing it in broad daylight, multiple places, and he's not leaving that part of town, so it takes an incredible amount of nerve and you have to assume he's probably prepared for a confrontation.”

Dentist Dr. Hoss, whose wallet was stolen in the Carmel Valley theft, said the suspect was dressed as a maintenance worker and slipped by the front desk. He was in an out in about 4 minutes.

“He walks toward our front desk and very casually, walks toward our front desk ladies and says, ‘I'm from building inspection, and he just walks that way,’” Hoss said at the time.

Miller said San Diego police are hunting the thief and hopes they can track him down before he strikes again.

“Very slick, very practiced, and (he’s) got an incredible amount of nerve.”

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