By Kevin Deutsch
Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who stole two guns from a North Lauderdale pawn shop.
Investigators responded to a delayed report of a burglary at the pawnshop near the 5000 block of North State Road 7 on April 20, just before 1:20 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.
Detectives learned that the day before, while other customers were in the store, a man stole two guns and left, authorities said.
The crime was caught on surveillance video. Footage shows the gun thief is about 6 feet tall and wore a gray beanie, black shirt, black shorts, and white flip-flops during the crime.
While the shop’s employees were helping other customers, the man walked to another area of the business “where he thought he could not be seen,” according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
“The camera captures the moment when he moved to the glass display case, took two firearms, and concealed them inside his shorts,” deputies wrote.
The man left the shop and got away in a vehicle, possibly a dark Dodge Avenger.
The stolen guns are a Glock 43 and a Glock 30, with a value of over $1,000, authorities said.
BSO investigators ask anyone with information about the man’s identity or the circumstances surrounding the incident to contact Broward Crime Stoppers directly at 954-493-TIPS (8477), browardcrimestoppers.org, or dialing **TIPS (8477) from any cellphone in the United States.
Tipsters will remain anonymous.
Any information that leads to an arrest in the case is eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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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.