BSO TO WAREHOUSE BURGLARS: ‘CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR’
- BSO Case Number: 07-1311-001584
- PIO Number: 13-11-14 (13-7-27)
- Date: November 16, 2013
- Time: 3:40 a.m.
- Place of Occurrence: 2700 N.W. 55 Ct., Tamarac
- Jurisdiction: Tamarac
- Florida Distributors, 2700 N.W. 55 Ct., Tamarac
- Hermes Perez, male, 30, 5/27/83, 301 S.W. 64 Ave., Miami (IN CUSTODY)
Description of Incident:
For the second time since July, agile burglars broke into a Tamarac cigar warehouse over the weekend, shinnying up a tree and rappelling down the building with a rope. But BSO deputies interrupted the caper, and the burglars left with no cigars. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies caught up to one of the criminals and charged him with burglary and possession of burglary tools.
It’s unclear if it was the same group who burglarized the business on July 26, bending the rebar away from a ceiling vent and stealing between $400,000 and $500,000 in cigars. In that incident, the thieves spent about two hours loading 700 cases of cigars into three vehicles in the middle of the night.
BSO deputies, alerted by the security company watching surveillance cameras, approached the building just after 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. They saw a white Ford van speed away. The occupants ran from deputies, but Hermes Perez of Miami eventually surrendered. Three accomplices remain at large. Deputies found a sheet metal saw and extra blades in the van, which had been reported stolen out of Miami. The men used the saw to cut through a garage door after failing to access the warehouse through the roof, but they were interrupted by deputies. They left the rope at the scene.
Anyone with information about this crime can contact Det. Jeremy Grant at (954) 720-2225 or report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Broward county at (954) 493-(TIPS) 8477 or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org.
Media note: Surveillance video is available for download online at www.sheriff.org.
- INVESTIGATORS: BSO Det. J. Grant, Sgt. Brown, Tamarac CI Crime Scene
- THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 11/19/13 1415
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