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DOUBLE TAKE, PHONE SNATCH AND GRAB

BSO Case Number: 12-1406-001578
PIO Number: 14-7-8
Date: June 13, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: 119 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park
Jurisdiction: Oakland Park

Victim(s):

  • Kari Anne Ron, 45, female, Oakland Park

Suspect(s):

  • two unidentified males (surveillance video available)

Description of Incident:

A team of young snatch and grab robbers acted quickly in a synchronized robbery that targeted public transit riders and netted two phones at once. BSO detectives are searching for the thieving duo.

On June 13, Kari Anne Ron was preoccupied with her iPhone as she rode the bus westbound on Oakland Park Blvd. As the bus stopped at Andrews Ave., Ron was startled when a thief suddenly grabbed her phone out of her hand and ran off the bus. Only a moment before, a thief had grabbed a cell phone out of the hands of another surprised rider. Both victims attempted to chase the thieves, but only Ron reported the crime.

Surveillance video from the bus captured a group of four males and two females all entering the bus at the same time. Two of the males positioned themselves near their intended victims, one stayed in the rear of the bus and the other walked back to the middle section where Ron sat. Once the bus stopped, the thief at the rear grabbed a phone from a man who got up and chased the suspect out of the bus. Within seconds, his accomplice snatched Ron’s phone.

The suspects are described as black males, approximately 18 years old. They wore blue jackets with “USA” printed on the back in white letters, shorts and sneakers.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Mohammad Razi at 954-321-4270 or Broward Crime Stoppers anonymously at 954-473-TIPS (8477) or www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

MEDIA NOTE: A video of the incident is available at www.sheriff.org.

INVESTIGATORS: BSO Robbery Det. Mohammad Razi  
THIS REPORT BY: Gina Carter/PIO 7/7/14 1500

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