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Owner of burglarized donut shop: 'It's more upsetting the second time than the first'

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A donut shop burglarized just four months ago has been hit again, though this time by a different burglar, according to police.

The burglary happened just after 1 a.m. Monday at the Donut Palace, south of downtown Jacksonville.

"When we get here early in the morning, we always take a ride around the building and check things out," said owner Frank Herrera. "We noticed when we came in at the drive-thru window, the window was busted and the curtains were moved over, so right away we knew something was wrong."

Back in July, a man threw a rock through the front door, stole cash from the register and then hurried right back out.

Now, just four months later, an even bolder burglar has hit Herrera's store.

Store surveillance video shows the suspect breaking open the drive-thru window, then climbing into the shop.

The man rifles through the first cash register before moving to shelves and tip jars. He even looks in the freezer for any valuables. Video shows that the man appears to be wearing latex gloves.

After about six minutes, the man moves across the store and does it all again at the second register, but this time, his partially covered face is caught on camera. The man then slips back out the drive-thru window, after more than ten minutes inside the store.

"It's kind of shocking, more upsetting the second time than the first time," Herrera said. "We've been here almost 10 years as a family and this has happened twice in four months."

Herrera met with multiple security companies Wednesday, installing outdoor lights and a new alarm system on top of the security cameras he already had.

The suspect from the first break-in was eventually identified by Jacksonville police as Derick Kemp of Houston. He was arrested for the burglary just one week after the incident. Herrera said he would like to see the same outcome from this most recent burglary.

‘We're pleading to the public to take a look at this guy and help us capture him," Herrera said.

Herrera said when it's all said and done, the second break-in will have cost his business more than $2,000.

Jacksonville police are currently investigating the crime and ask anyone with knowledge of the man in the video to contact them.

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