Fort Lauderdale Police are searching for three individuals suspected of stealing $ 100,000 in clothes and watches – WSVN 7News | St John Information, Climate, Sports activities
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale police are looking for three suspected serial thieves who worked together to steal $ 100,000 worth of goods.
According to investigators, the men have targeted shops along Las Olas Boulevard in recent months, once in a jewelry store and twice in a nearby clothing store.
The surveillance video captured the trio, wearing baseball caps and face masks, as they entered the Elektric Boutique on August 27.
“We assume they are targeting something like the business,” said Carla Montano, the general manager.
Montano said she remembered asking to see a pair of shoes while browsing a clothes shelf.
“We have the pair of shoes. By the time [the employee] came back, the whole frame was just gone, “she said. “One of them grabs half of it and the other grabs the other half and they just take off.”
The thieves focused on trendy high-end brands.
They tried again three months later, on December 1st, the police said.
When asked if she recognized them, the manager replied, “The second time, most of them had sweaters, a hat and a mask, so it’s hard to tell.”
The surveillance video showed one of the subjects wearing a peach-colored jacket pulling a handbag from a mannequin and tucking it under his jacket just before an employee showed up.
“She says,” Hey, you just picked up the bag, “said Montano.
Montano tries to stop the thieves from leaving, but they run away.
Six days later, police said they showed up at the Coomi jewelry store, two doors down from Elektric Boutique.
The surveillance video showed two of the men flicking through the clocks under the watchful eye of a clerk. Moments later, when the third topic is encouraged to enter, you can see the topics in the shop running to the door and running away.
“It’s very frustrating for them to come in during these times, but it just makes it so much harder because of COVID and we’re obviously trying to get through,” said Montano.
Detectives said the thieves may also have been linked to a robbery in Delray Beach in November.
If you have any information about the identity or whereabouts of these crooks, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous and potentially receive a $ 3,000 reward.
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