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REWARD FOR HOME INVASION SUSPECT Gunman Followed Victims Home From Bank

BSO Case Number: TM02-12-1627
PIO Number: 02-12-32
Date: December 13, 2002
Place of Occurrence: 7313 Granville Drive, Tamarac, FL

Victim(s):

  • Gerald Saperstein, 68, 3/17/34 & Sheila Saperstein, 65, 7/16/37, 7313 Granville Drive, Tamarac, FL

Suspect(s):

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

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff's Office Robbery detectives are asking for help tracking down the man who followed an elderly Tamarac couple home from a bank then robbed them at gunpoint.

Friday morning, December 13, 2002, 68-year old Gerald Saperstein and his 65-year old wife, Sheila went to the Wachovia Bank in the 6900 block of North University Drive in Tamarac to withdraw cash for holiday gifts. Surveillance video from the bank shows the suspect waiting in line and watching as Mr. Saperstein conducted his business.

At about 11:30 a.m., minutes after the Sapersteins arrived home, Mr. Saperstein answered a knock on the door. There stood the suspect, pointing a gun at the elderly man’s head and demanding the money. The gunman patted down the victim’s pockets and within seconds fled with Mr. Saperstein’s wallet and a bank envelope containing cash. The thief took off in what may have been an older model Chevy Cavalier with dark-tinted windows driven by another man. Fortunately, no one was hurt in this home invasion robbery.

A photograph of the suspect is attached to this news release as it is posted on the Broward Sheriff's Office website at www.Sheriff.org. The suspect in this case is a black male, approximately 25 to 35 years old with a medium build and short-cropped hair. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000.00 for anonymous information leading to the identity of this gunman or his accomplice. Anyone with information on this case should call Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

The Broward Sheriff's Office reminds everyone to exercise caution when conducting any transactions at the bank. Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. If you feel that you are being watched or followed, stop and ask for help from a bank employee, a security guard, or a law enforcement officer.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. M. Ruback, CI/Robbery D-7
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 12/19/02 10:00 a.m.

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