DETECTIVES LOOKING TO BAG MAN PURSE-TOTING ROBBER
ARMED GUNMAN ROBS TWO DEERFIELD BEACH STORES
- BSO Case Number: DR12-12-02919, DR13-01-0160
- PIO Number: 13-1-19
- Date: December 18, 2012, January 7, 2013
- Time: 4:15 p.m., 11:30 a.m.
- Place of Occurrence: 3810 W. Hillsboro Blvd., 3701 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach
- Jurisdiction: Deerfield Beach
- State of Florida
- Unknown at this time
Description of Incident:
Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for a man purse-toting robber who hit two Deerfield Beach stores on two different days.
In the first robbery December 18, a black male in his 20’s robbed two cashiers at the Sports Authority in the Deerfield Mall. The suspect approached the registers as if he was purchasing a pack of sweatbands. When the cashier opened the cash drawer, he brandished a handgun from a man purse, or satchel-type bag. He then startled another cashier, put the gun to her face and grabbed money out of her hand. He fled on foot to the rear of the mall. In this robbery, the gunman wore a white t-shirt, red basketball shorts, black shoes with white soles, mirrored sunglasses and a black ball cap.
Around 11:30 a.m. January 7, detectives believe the same suspect entered a busy Michaels store across the street from the previous robbery, wearing a white long-sleeved sweater, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and a white baseball hat. After he was in the store for about 10 minutes, the suspect waited in line like he was making a purchase. When he got to the registers, he pulled a handgun out of the satchel and jumped over the counter, pointing the gun at the cashier. As one customer escaped the robbery, she almost left a small child behind.
Anyone with information about these robberies should call BSO Det. John McMahon or Det. Vince Coldwell at 954-321-4270 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardCrimeStoppers.org. A cash reward of up to $1,000 can be paid to tipsters who call Crime Stoppers with information leading to an arrest.
MEDIA NOTE: Surveillance video of both robberies has been uploaded to www.sheriff.org or via direct link at https://www.box.com/s/6ifjvqq045f93ijstios.
- INVESTIGATORS: CID, Robbery, D-10, Dets. McMahon, Coldwell
- THIS REPORT BY: Mike Jachles/PIO 01/31/13 1800