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BSO LETS AIR OUT OF FLAT TIRE SCAM

BSO Case Number: DR01-08-4657, PB02-01-9537, BS02-07-11240
PIO Number: 02-8-29
Date: August 29, 2001 – July 24, 2002
Place of Occurrence: Various throughout northern Broward County

Victim(s):

  • Several

Suspect(s):

  • None identified at this time

Description of Incident:

The Broward Sheriff's Office is working to deflate the old ‘flat tire’ swindle that may be making a comeback in Broward County. Since late August of 2001, there have been several reports of the scam within BSO jurisdictions, most recently in late July of this year.

In the cases investigated by the Broward Sheriff's Office, one or two Hispanic males in their 30’s have targeted people leaving a bank. One of the suspects punctures a small hole in the tire of the targeted victim’s vehicle. The victim drives away unaware that their tire is slowly going flat and that they are being followed by the thieves.

After the victim pulls over because of the deflated tire, one of the suspects approaches, offering to assist in changing the flat. Then, while the victim is distracted, the other suspect reaches into the victim’s vehicle and steals a purse, wallet, or bank bag.

Composite sketches of one of the suspects in these crimes are attached to this news release, posted on the Broward Sheriff's Office website: www.sheriff.org. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest of this thief. Anyone with information on this crime should call (954) 493-TIPS; information may be given anonymously.

The Broward Sheriff's Office reminds everyone to be aware of his or her surroundings when banking, shopping, or running errands. For information on staying safe, visit our website at www.sheriff.org.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. K. McClure D-9, CI
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 8/16//02 12:00 p.m.

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