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CUSTOMERS CAUGHT IN CROSSFIRE DURING PAWN SHOP ARMED ROBBERY

Date: May 31, 2017              PIO Number: 17-5-39


Security video shows an armed robbery takeover of Cash Inn Pawn Shop in West Park by two unidentified men. An employee, fearing for his life, shot at the armed robbers; the men returned fire, and three customers were caught in the middle.

Just before 5:30 p.m. May 22, the two thieves approached the shop. The first suspect entered the store and held the door for the second man. Almost immediately, the first robber brandished a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the victims. The second man rushed toward the counter holding a bag.

Once the shots started, the victims ran for cover. The armed robber fired off several shots in the direction of the employee and customers. No one was wounded.

In a mad rush to escape, the two thieves struggled with the front door. They were unable to open the door and decided to slide through the small opening between the metal bars and the display counter. That plan also proves a challenge, as the bigger of the two men gets momentarily stuck between the counter and the bars. They did eventually flee out the back doors.

The first suspect is a black male, with a heavy frame, approximately 6 foot 4 inches and 300 lbs. with shoulder-length dreadlocks. He wore tan or light-colored cargo pants, a white or off-white button-up short-sleeve shirt, a black undershirt and a baseball hat. He held a silver semi-automatic handgun.

The second suspect is a black male, 5 foot 11 inches, 180 lbs., with a medium frame. He wore black pants and a black hoodie jacket. He arrived in a black, older model Lincoln MKZ.

Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Detective James Ramirez at 954-321-4270. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

MEDIA NOTE: Surveillance video of the incident is available on our website, www.sheriff.org.

THIS REPORT BY: Gina Carter/PIO

Posted At: 05/31/2017 11:05 AM

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