By Kevin Deutsch
Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking to speak with a person of interest in the case of a burglar who claimed to be a BSO deputy as he smashed his way into a Tamarac home, agency officials said Monday.
Detectives also released surveillance video of the person of interest, who they said was in the area at the time of the burglary.
The break-in happened Sept. 23, just before 8:30 p.m., at a home in the 8000 block of Sanibel Drive. Video surveillance footage shows the burglar shattered a sliding glass door in the rear of the house and said, “Broward Sheriff’s Office. Is anyone home?” after stepping through the shattered door, according to BSO.
The burglar then searched the home and left with more than $1,000 worth of items. Around the same time, a person carrying a clipboard and wearing a retractable lanyard knocked on the victim’s front door, according to BSO.
The victim was not home at the time of the burglary.
While detectives believe the crime was an isolated incident, they encourage anyone approached by a BSO deputy to ask for their identification, look for the agency’s name on their uniform, or call the BSO non-emergency number 954-764-4357 to verify a deputy’s identity.
Anyone who can identify the person of interest or any information is asked to contact BSO Detective Wilmer Morales Tubens at 954-247-6014. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.
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- 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.