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CROOKS CAUGHT ON CAMERA Third Time’s a Charm for Car Thieves

BSO Case Number: PB02-10-12794
PIO Number: 02-11-14
Date: October 31, 2002
Place of Occurrence: 535 NW 20th Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL


  • Leon McCombs, 30, 4/8/72 and Shawanda McCombs, 38, 12/25/64, both of 535 NW 20th Ave., Pompano Beach, FL


  • Three to five unknown black males

Description of Incident:

The Broward Sheriff's Office Auto Crime Strike Team is asking for help catching some brazen car thieves who took their time in taking a car from a home in Pompano Beach. A Crime Stoppers reward is offered for information leading to arrests in this case.

When Shawanda McCombs left her home about 9:00 a.m. on October 31, 2002, a 1990 Buick LeSabre sat in her driveway at 535 NW 20th Avenue. Three hours later, when she came back home, the car was gone. The 38-year old woman phoned the owner of the car, Leon McCombs, but he said he hadn’t done anything with the blue and white, 2-tone, 4-door vehicle. That’s when Shawanda called the Broward Sheriff's Office.

A security system set up at the McCombs’ home caught the car theft on videotape. The tape shows a group of males driving past the home, and then slowly backing up. One of the thieves breaks into the Buick, disables the alarm and apparently tries to start the car. Unable to do so, he walks away with the car’s stereo, gets back into his car and drives away.

The carload of crooks returns ten to fifteen minutes later. Again, one of the robbers approaches the unfortunate sedan. He uses a tool to rip an anti-theft device from the car’s column but the thief is not able to get the vehicle started and the group drives away once more.

Moments later, the fumbling felons come back to the scene of the crime. Three of the thugs push the Buick into the street where they use their car to push the LeSabre away.

The stolen car –minus its radio, tires and rims- was found Saturday, November 2nd, abandoned in 100 block of NE 184th Street in Miami.

A reward of up to $1,000.00 may be available for anonymous information leading to the car thieves. Anyone with information on this case should call Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 11/12/02 10:30 a.m.

Posted At: 11/12/2002 11:50 AM


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