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Burglar believed to hit 7 Lehigh Acres businesses

By Kelli Stegeman. CREATED Jul 31, 2013
LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - An alleged burglar is behind bars and the businesses in his wake begin the process of cleaning up.  
 
According to the arrest report, seven Lehigh Acres businesses were burglarized  in the last 12 days.
 
Lee County deputies believe it's all the work of one man.  
 
The burglar not only set a path of chaos everywhere he went, but also laid a path for deputies to catch him.
 
"I hope he spends a lot of time in jail," said Marina Gomez. She owns D.R. Tattoo in Lehigh Acres. The burglar hit her business Friday. 
 
"They took from the windows here in the front, all the tattoo guns, inks, needles, tattoo starter kits," Gomez said. 
 
Surveillance video shows the burglar tearing though the tattoo shop. The door is now boarded up as Gomez's husband works on a computer shattered in the burglary. 
 
Another piece of surveillance video shows the crook taking a hammer to the candy machine. The quarters inside are the only amount of cash he got away with that night. Gomez says in all, the thief cost the shop close to $10,000 in stolen items and damages.
 
D.R. Ttattoo wasn't the first place to be hit. In the past several weeks the business burglar hit many others. 
 
Most of the targeted businesses were on Lee Boulevard. 
 
It was enough of a coincidence that investigators were ready the next time he struck. 
 
The arrest report shows early Tuesday morning undercover deputies talked to Patrick Hudson walking near Lee Boulevard.
 
After the deputies left, another undercover deputy watched Hudson walk to the nearby Suave Nails, throw a rock into the window and climb in. That's when deputies surrounded him. 
 
"I'm just glad they got him," said Charles Miller. His business, Vapin' it Up, opened just three months ago.
 
"It kind of sucks," he said. "Hardworking people trying to own a business and earn a living." 
 
Hudson is facing almost a dozen charges including several counts of burglary.   
 
He remains in the lee county jail without bond.  
 
Records show he was just released from jail the beginning of July.
Kelli Stegeman

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Kelli anchors the 10 p.m. weekend news.