Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 19-3-27

Date: March 29, 2019

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is looking for crime fighters in Parkland. No special skills are necessary, and the payoff is rewarding: You get to keep your valuables safe.

Since Feb. 7, BSO Parkland deputies have responded to seven vehicle burglaries in which five firearms were taken. Detectives suspect that in some instances the doors were unlocked. According to Parkland detectives, the car burglars came during the cover of night and walked from driveway to driveway pulling at car door handles. It appears that they bypassed the cars that were secured and entered the ones that were unlocked. Once inside, the burglars rummaged around collecting victims’ valuables such as designer sunglasses, loose change and, in some cases, firearms. One of the guns has been recovered.

Parkland deputies continue to educate residents at meetings and events about the importance of removing valuables and keeping doors secured at all times. Unfortunately, these thefts aren’t isolated to Parkland. BSO and other law enforcement agencies throughout the state and country also promote the same safety message through social media campaigns such as the #9PMRoutine and #LockItOrLoseIt.

A simple way to ward off would-be criminals is to remove valuables from cars, including key fobs, and to lock the doors. Victims of car burglaries are encouraged to report the theft by immediately calling Regional Communications’ non-emergency number, 954-764-4357.

Anyone with further information about the car burglaries is asked to contact BSO’s Parkland district at 954-753-5050. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

Joy Oglesby/PIO