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THIEVES DISTRACT ELDERLY WOMAN, STEAL CASH AND HEIRLOOM JEWELRY

TREASURED ENGAGEMENT RING AMONG STOLEN ITEMS

BSO Case Number: 11-1310-008385
PIO Number: 13-11-12
Date: October 31, 2013
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: 3010 N. Course Dr., Pompano Beach
Jurisdiction: Pompano Beach

Victim(s):

  • female, age 88, 3010 N. Course Dr., Pompano Beach

Suspect(s):

  • unidentified males (surveillance video available)

Description of Incident:

When an elderly woman answered a knock at her apartment door one recent afternoon, she found two workers on her doorstep who said they were checking for leaks in the building. She let them in.

What happened next has become a common occurrence – distraction theft. One of the men walked into the woman’s kitchen with her and asked her to empty a cabinet, so he could check it for leaks. At the same time, his partner walked around the apartment, pretending to look for leaks. While the woman was distracted in the kitchen, he found her hidden stash of jewelry in a spare bedroom. It wasn’t until a few hours later that she realized she’d been had. The thieves had taken some cash and about $75,000 worth of gold and diamond jewelry, including an engagement ring given to her 65 years ago by her husband, who died in 1982.

Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives have released surveillance video of the two suspects. They both appear to be Hispanic males, age 35-40, about 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds with some facial hair.

MEDIA NOTE: BSO Det. Timothy Bush and the 88-year-old victim of this crime will be available at 3 p.m. today to talk to media at the Public Safety Building, 2601 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

INVESTIGATORS: BSO Det. T. Bush, Pompano Beach
THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 11/13/13 1230

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