They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but is a plastic dump cart found in a bulk trash pile worth going to jail for? A man in Oakland Park apparently thinks so, and Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives need the public’s help identifying him.
Investigators are releasing clear video of the suspect captured on the victim’s home surveillance system on July 15. That evening, the victim had gone for a jog around his neighborhood in Oakland Park when he stumbled upon a bulk trash pile in front of a home near Prospect Road and Northwest 11th Terrace. The jogger noticed the pile had caught the eye of a man in a white, older-model pickup who was already perusing through the items. The jogger stopped and decided to look around as well and found a black heavy-duty dump cart he decided to stake claim to. The other man became upset, feeling he had rights over the pile since he was looking through it first. The two exchanged words, but the jogger took the cart and ran behind it as he pushed the item home.
Once the jogger arrived at this home, he realized he was followed by the man, who was carrying what appeared to be a red stick. As the suspect got closer to the jogger, he removed a long sword from a red sheath and began swinging it at the jogger as he tried to wrestle the cart away. The jogger eventually told the man the attack was being captured on video. The suspect saw the camera and retreated but threatened to return.
Due to the altercation, the jogger left the cart sitting in his front yard. Minutes later, he spotted a woman approach and drag the cart away from his yard as she flung insults at the jogger. Detectives believe the suspect and the woman know each other.
If you recognize the suspect or the woman seen dragging the cart away in the video, please contact BSO Violent Crimes Unit Detective Tiberio Barbosa at 954-321-4278. 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.
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