By Kevin Deutsch
Detectives are asking for the public’s help in tracking down four “toothbrush bandits” who stole more than $1,000 worth of electric toothbrushes from a Tamarac store, authorities said Friday.
According to Broward Sheriff’s Office Tamarac district detectives, deputies responded to a store near the 3900 block of West Commercial Boulevard in Tamarac on Dec. 16 after receiving a report of two people stealing several electric toothbrushes shortly before 6 p.m.
According to investigators, two similar incidents happened at the same store on Sept. 12 and Nov. 22. Detectives said the bandits’ modus operandi is always the same: two subjects walk into the business, proceed to the dental care area, grab several electric toothbrushes and quickly leave.
The ringleader brought along a different partner each time they shoplifted from the store, according to BSO.
Last month, Tamarac deputies dubbed the thieves the “Oral-B Bandits” and said they had stolen five Oral-B toothbrushes from the store within the span of two minutes on Dec. 16.
The toothbrushes were worth a total of $149, deputies said.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the thieves is asked to contact BSO Tamarac Detective E. Jonnalus at 954-720-2225. If they wish to remain anonymous, they should contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or log on to 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.