By Kevin Deutsch
Broward Sheriff’s Office Robbery Unit detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding the man who snatched a mother’s purse from her baby’s stroller in Tamarac.
BSO detectives responded to the Jan. 5 robbery call at a beauty store near the 3100 block of West Commercial Boulevard at 2:51 p.m., deputies said.
According to investigators, a mother was waiting in line to pay for a hair procedure—with her baby in a stroller and her purse resting atop the stroller—when an unidentified man entered the store.
He looked around, made his way toward the mother, cut in front of her, then suddenly grabbed her purse off the stroller with her child inside, rocking the stroller in the process, according to the sheriff’s office.
The mother held on to the stroller so that her child would not fall over, deputies said. The thief then fled the store with the purse.
Detectives said the mother and two witnesses ran after the man but could not find him.
Investigators describe the thief as an adult male, possibly 20 to 30 years old, weighing approximately 160 pounds and wearing his hair in a ponytail, with no facial hair. He was wearing a gray or blue shirt with jean shorts at the time of the robbery, deputies said.
Anyone with information regarding the man’s identity should contact BSO Robbery Unit Detective Robert Sokol at 954-321-4547. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip 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.
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