OPERATION COLD JUSTICE LEADS TO RECOVERY OF HOT ITEMS, ONE ARREST

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 21-8-11

Date: Aug. 12, 2021

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A hot tip to Broward Sheriff’s Office Tamarac District detectives led to cold justice for a man suspected of selling stolen high-end appliances online.

Detectives initiated Operation Cold Justice in late July after learning about the scheme. In the undercover operation, Luiz Rodrigues took detectives into several storage units in Pompano Beach, showing them items he had for sale. The items included pricey sub-zero refrigerators, cooktops, ovens, microwaves and coffeemakers. The total retail value of the items in the storage units was more than $56,000. Rodrigues was arrested for two counts of dealing in stolen property.

Detectives recovered a dozen stolen appliances, which were reported stolen from Ferguson Enterprises in Tamarac. Investigators also seized more than $10,000 in cash. 

The investigation into the thefts from Ferguson Enterprises is ongoing. 

THIS REPORT BY:
Carey Codd/Sr. PIO