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FISHING HAT ROBBER STRIKES AGAIN

PIO 12-9-13

Broward Sheriff’s Office robbery detectives say an armed man in a floppy fishing hat who robbed an Oakland Park auto parts store Aug. 18 is at it again but this time with an accomplice and a larger gun. Around 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29, surveillance cameras at Bennett Auto Supply, 2301 N. Dixie Hwy., Pompano Beach, captured the harrowing crime. The robber, wearing the fishing hat and a long-sleeved, button-down shirt, approached the counter and handed the clerk money to pay for an item. When she opened the cash drawer, he pulled a large handgun from his pants and pointed it at her. She was so startled, she scrambled out of the way and knocked over another employee. He and his accomplice, who wore a baseball cap, sunglasses and a long-sleeved, button-down shirt, continually pointed guns at employees and customers during the robbery. A witness saw the duo get into a new model, silver Nissan minivan, which fled south on Northeast 3rd Avenue. Anyone who recognizes these robbers can contact BSO Det. Luis Rivera at (954) 321-4270 or report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Media notes: surveillance video and a composite sketch of one of the robbers is attached to this release.  

This is the information that was released Sept 6 regarding the Aug. 18 incident at an AutoZone store in Oakland Park. The surveillance video of that robbery is available at www.sheriff.org:

Broward Sheriff’s Office robbery detectives are looking for a man who robbed an Oakland Park AutoZone store, forcing two employees to give him cash from the register at gunpoint. Surveillance cameras captured the robbery, which happened around 6:45 p.m. Aug. 18 at 3570 N. Andrews Ave. A man, wearing a greenish fishing hat and a red, long-sleeved, button-down shirt approached the counter and paid cash for an item. Then he pulled out a small handgun, cycled back the slide and demanded money. The clerk complied, putting cash into an AutoZone bag. Then the crook demanded money out of a second register, so another clerk had to help him. At one point, he admonished the clerk for counting the money. Once he had the cash, he walked quickly from the store. Anyone who recognizes this robber can contact BSO Det. Luis Rivera at (954) 321-4270 or report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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