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DEERFIELD BEACH PAWN SHOP ARMED ROBBERY

BSO Case Number: DR02-11-5440
PIO Number: 02-11-45
Date: Friday, November 29, 2002
Time: 0758
Place of Occurrence: Hock Exchange, 204 N. Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach

Victim(s):

  • Maurice “Mickey” Kleinman, 62, 7/18/41, 253 Cameron Drive, Weston

Suspect(s):

  • two unknown black males

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office robbery detectives have launched a massive search for two armed suspects who ran off with several thousand dollars worth of merchandise during an early morning heist at a Deerfield Beach pawn shop.

At approximately 7:45 a.m., Friday, November 29th two armed suspects entered the Hock Exchange (pawn shop), located at 204 North Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach. Once inside, the suspects, described only as two black males in their early twenties, made their way to the shop’s front counter and asked the manager, Maurice “Mickey” Kleinman, to see a ring inside a glass display case. As Kleinman reached into the case to get the ring, the one suspect who was armed produced a small caliber handgun and pistol-whipped the victim.

Using thick tape found inside the shop, the second suspect, who was unarmed, bound the victim’s hands as the other suspect held him at gunpoint. The two thieves then used a key to gain access to a pistol case from where several handguns were taken. The suspects also made their way to an open vault at the rear of the shop from where they took several pieces of jewelry and an undisclosed amount of cash. Both men fled in Kleinman’s 1999 silver Ford Windstar mini-van (Florida tag number A29-TBA).

With the two suspect’s gone, Kleinman managed to run to the front of the shop in time to see his stolen vehicle heading westbound on NE 2nd Street. Kleinman then triggered the store’s silent alarm system and dialed 911.

The shop manager, who sustained only minor injuries, refused transport and was subsequently treated on scene. Investigators estimate several thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise were taken in the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously at (954) 493-TIPS.

INVESTIGATORS: Sgt. W. Wesolowski/ CI Robbery; Sgt. L. Williams/ Dist. 10; Dep. R. Teck/ Dist. 10
THIS REPORT BY: Liz Calzadilla/ PIO 11/29/02 12:30 p.m.

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