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BSO INVESTIGATING CHAIN OF PURSE SNATCHINGS

BSO Case Number: TM02-12-3328
PIO Number: 02-12-47
Date: December 26, 2002
Place of Occurrence: 6000 NW 64th Avenue, Tamarac, FL

Victim(s):

  • Irene Zenis, 75, 3/3/27, 6000 NW 64th Avenue, Tamarac, FL

Suspect(s):

  • Unknown – Reward offered through Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS

Description of Incident:

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is working to put an end to a string of purse snatchings at a Tamarac condo complex that has, since late October, victimized five women, two of whom were injured in the attacks.

The latest incident happened at about 8:30 the morning of Thursday, December 26, 2002. Seventy-five year old Irene Zenis left her second floor unit at the Bermuda Club Condominiums at 6000 NW 64th Avenue and walked down the stairs. She passed by a man near the first floor elevator and seconds later was attacked from behind. The man knocked her down to the ground, grabbed the woman’s purse, and ripped it from her hands. The suspect fled in what may have been an older model white vehicle, the make and model not known. Ms. Zenis received stitches to her hand for a deep laceration suffered during the attack.

The first case happened on October 22, 2002 when a man asked an 84-year old woman where a building was within the complex, then snatched the woman’s purse and took off. On November 2nd, a man approached an
81-year old woman, asked where he might find a public telephone, then grabbed the woman’s purse and fled.
A 66-year old woman had her purse taken on November 6th as she walked to a mailbox. On December 7th,
a 64-year old woman was hurt after a man grabbed her purse as she was getting on an elevator.

Because some of the victims did not get a good look at their assailant, detectives are not ready to say that all the crimes are the work of the same man. The suspect in the latest case is a black male in his early to mid 20’s, approximately 5-feet-10 inches tall with a medium build. He was clean-shaven and wearing a skullcap.
A composite sketch of the suspect is attached to this news release as it is posted on the Broward Sheriff's Office website at www.Sheriff.org.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000.00 for anonymous information leading to the identity of this suspect. Anyone with information on this case should call Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. M. Ruback, CI/Robbery D-7
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 12/30/02 3:00 p.m.

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