Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 19-5-21

BSO Case Number: 90-1905-004162

Date: May 13, 2019

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Jurisdiction: Fort Lauderdale

Place of Occurrence: 460 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Victim(s): State of Florida

Suspect(s): 16-year-old male

Description of Incident:

A teenager thought he was home free after shoplifting from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale, but he didn’t know he had been spotted by Broward’s top cop. 

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 13, Sheriff Gregory Tony was headed to a meeting at the Broward County Governmental Center when he observed a suspicious incident taking place near the 400 block of West Broward Boulevard.  

Sheriff Tony said he saw a male, who appeared to be wearing a full-length wig running top speed on the south side of the road. “He was engaged in a full sprint and being chased by another male wearing a 7-Eleven polo. Based on my training and experience, I feared a crime had been committed,” Sheriff Tony said. 

Sheriff Tony instructed his security deputy, Clyde Davis, to pull over. Sheriff Tony exited the unmarked SUV and ran after the suspect. Following the foot pursuit, he apprehended the subject. While Sheriff Tony provided cover, Dep. Davis handcuffed the suspect. 

Dep. Davis contacted the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. A Fort Lauderdale police officer responded and took custody of the 16-year-old. The officer determined the suspect had stolen property from the 7-Eleven, located at 460 W. Broward Blvd., and was fleeing the scene. He transported the shoplifter to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department for booking and then to the Juvenile Assessment Center for processing.

MEDIA NOTE: Link to Sheriff Tony’s interview with Local 10 senior reporter Michael Putney:

Sheriff Gregory Tony
Dep. Clyde Davis

Fort Lauderdale PD                                                               

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