MAN’S INSTINCTS ABOUT ROBBER ARE GOOD, DECISION TO IGNORE THEM BAD
DATE: July 30, 2012 PIO NUMBER: 12-7-28
A Pompano Beach man cashing a paycheck at a convenience store had the right instincts about a man he believed was following him, so he confronted the suspicious character. The man told him he hadn’t been following him and that he was simply having car trouble. He bought a quart of oil, put it in his blue Ford F-150 pickup and drove away.
Assuming he had been mistaken, the Pompano Beach man – with nearly $1,000 in cash in his pants pocket – left the Shop Smart Food Store at 680 N.E. 33rd St. in Pompano Beach. Not too far away, he noticed the blue pickup broken down on the side of the road around Northeast 9th Avenue and Northeast 33rd Street. He stopped to help the stranded driver, but when he approached him, the man who had declared his innocence minutes earlier poked what the victim believed to be a gun into his side and demanded cash.
Shop Smart surveillance cameras caught images of the two men talking inside the store, and Broward Sheriff’s Office Detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying the robber, who was wearing a dark blue shirt and blue jeans. He is a Spanish-speaker, approximately 5-foot-4, bald and of medium build. The incident happened around 8 a.m. July 5. Anyone with information about his identity or location is asked to call BSO Robbery Detective Trevor Goodwin at (954) 321-4270 or report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.