By Kevin Deutsch
Detectives on Thursday arrested the man responsible for the brazen strongarm robbery of a woman at a North Lauderdale grocery store, authorities said.
Detectives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Robbery Unit, with assistance from BSO’s Violence Intervention Proactive Enforcement Response (V.I.P.E.R.) team, busted Marcravio Grace, 27, of Fort Lauderdale near the 1500 block of West Sunrise Boulevard, according to BSO.
Grace approached the victim from behind just as she and her children entered the Broward Meat and Fish Company store at 8040 W. McNab Rd. around 4:15 p.m. on Aug. 23, investigators said.
Surveillance video released by investigators in August showed the robber grabbing the victim’s necklace, punching her, and fleeing the store after a brief struggle.
Detectives spent more than two months working to identify the robber without success. Their luck changed on Oct. 31, when a reward of up to $10,000 was announced in return for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Shortly after, detectives received a Crime Stoppers tip identifying Grace, of Fort Lauderdale, as the robber, according to BSO.
Grace was being booked into the Broward Main Jail Thursday and will face one count of robbery in the third degree, authorities said.
- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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