DISTRACTION THIEVES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BREAKFAST RUSH

DISTRACTION THIEVES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BREAKFAST RUSH 

PIO Number: 18-7-7

Date: July 11, 2018

 

It appears to be a fairly busy morning at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Dania Beach. Guests are helping themselves to breakfast, a couple looks for a place to sit and two distraction thieves find a victim.

Broward Sheriff's Office detectives are hoping that the suspects can be identified from surveillance video taken from the hotel at 2081 Griffin Road.

Around 10 a.m. May 27, a woman visiting from England is having breakfast with her family when one of the suspects asks her a question. As she turns to respond, the second suspect who has been lingering nearby walks over and swoops up her purse. He conceals it with his jacket and walks out. The victim quickly realizes the theft and gives chase. The suspect gets into a waiting maroon car and flees. Unbeknownst to the tourist, the other thief is just a few steps behind her.

In the video, the man who distracts the woman is wearing a navy or black collared shirt, dark-colored pants and a Nike baseball cap. He has a portly shape and wears eyeglasses. The purse-snatcher has on a light-colored shirt with writing on the front, pants and a baseball cap. He carries a dark-colored jacket that he uses to hide the purse. Both men appear to be working together by phone.  One man keeps a phone to his right ear during the whole criminal transaction, and the other man uses earbuds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dania Beach Det. Anthony Paigo at 954-926-2400. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000

MEDIA NOTE: Surveillance video is available on our website, sheriff.org.

THIS REPORT BY:

Joy Oglesby/PIO


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