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GUM SNATCHING BANDIT

BSO Case Number: PB02-11-02639
PIO Number: 02-11-19
Date: November 7, 2002
Time: 1800
Place of Occurrence: 3573 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach

Victim(s):

  • Walgreens Drug Store, 3573 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach

Suspect(s):

  • Unidentified

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff's Office robbery detectives are trying to identify a man who got into a serious physical altercation with a retail store manager after he stole several pieces of gum.

The fight between the gum robber and a Walgreens Drug Store assistant manager was captured on surveillance video. BSO robbery detectives are releasing the tape in the hopes of identifying the suspect, who got away with about 108 pieces of Nicorette gum, valued at approximately $50.

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 7th, at the Walgreens located at 3573 North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach.

The unidentified black male, who is believed to be about six feet tall and weigh approximately 200 pounds, was seen placing Nicorette gum in his pants. The assistant manager was notified, and waited by the front door to stop the suspect from leaving. When the suspect approached the front door, the assistant manager asked him to wait. Visibly agitated, the suspect tried to leave out of the opposite door, but instead, turned toward the assistant manger and began to strike him.

Following the scuffle at the front door, the suspect was seen by witnesses fleeing the scene in a red Saturn. Fortunately, the assistant manager only received minor scrapes and bruises from his encounter with the suspect.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call BSO Robbery Det. Lacy Crew at (954) 321-4270 or call Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (954) 493-TIPS.

MEDIA NOTE: A COPY OF THE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO IS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR REPRODUCTION AT BSO’S MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE UNTIL 5 P.M. TODAY. ALSO, STILL PHOTOS ARE ATTACHED TO THIS NEWS RELEASE ON THE BSO WEBSITE AT WWW.SHERIFF.ORG

INVESTIGATORS: Robbery Det. L. Crew, CI
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

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