Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 18-11-5

Date: Nov. 8, 2018

The suspect walks into an Oakland Park hardware store looking like a customer and leaves as a foiled robber. Broward Sheriff’s Office robbery detectives are releasing surveillance video of the September robbery in the hopes that someone can identify the suspect.

Around 1:30 p.m. Sept. 22, the male suspect enters Lowe’s at 1001 W. Oakland Park Blvd. through the garden section and starts shopping. Video shows the robber, who spends nearly an hour in the store, putting items into a shopping cart. He leaves the store and returns a number of times. At one point, he comes back with an altered appearance: A white T-shirt has replaced his screen-printed black shirt.

The suspect eventually places the cart that is filled with about $2,300 worth of lawn and house products near an emergency door exit. When he tries to leave through the alarm-activated door, the store’s loss prevention specialist approaches him. That’s when, according to the employee, the suspect lifts his shirt to reveal a firearm in his waistband. The robber is ordered to leave and does so empty-handed.

He is described as being about 5 feet 11 inches tall, roughly 180 pounds and wearing jeans and dark-colored shoes.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Det. Robert Sokol at 954-321-4200. 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.

MEDIA NOTE: Surveillance video is available on our website,

Joy Oglesby/PIO