Before displaying his weapon, the corpulent criminal walked into the store with his cell phone to his ear and looked around for several minutes, clearly showing his face to surveillance cameras. Later, he tried to disguise himself behind his dreads, but it was too late. Now detectives hope this key piece of evidence will help catch the armed robber and his accomplices.
The crime happened Thursday, Aug. 16 at 167 S. Pompano Pkwy. in Pompano Beach. Just after 11 a.m., the cameras captured a white Enterprise Rent-A-Car van pull into a parking spot behind the Radio Shack. The first suspect, a portly man with dreadlocks wearing a red T-shirt, appeared to be talking on a cell phone when he walked into the store. When he approached the counter to pay for the merchandise, he pointed a gun at the store clerk and ordered her into the stockroom.
The suspect instructed her to open the back door allowing his two accomplices inside to help clear out a shipment the store had just received. At one point, the clerk, who was on a conference call but had the phone on mute, had to pick up the phone because her boss was asking for her. The heavy-set robber told her to answer him and quickly get off the phone without saying anything or he would shoot her. The three men were inside the store for several minutes, casually carrying out box after box of electronic equipment out the back door of the store into the waiting van.
The heavy-set suspect is said to be a black male, of average height, weighing approximately 240 lbs. and with medium-length dreads. He’s seen on video wearing a red shirt and black pants. The other two suspects are black males, of slim build. One wore a red shirt and red baseball cap. The other had short hair and wore a black shirt and black pants.
Anyone with information about this robbery or the identity of the suspects is asked to contact BSO Robbery Detective Steven Hoover at 954-321-4270 or Broward Crime Stoppers. You can submit an anonymous tip to them by calling 954-493-TIPS (8477) or through their website www.browardcrimestoppers.org. A reward of up to $1,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.