Dozens of TVs stolen from warehouse
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are searching for a pair of thieves who broke into a local warehouse and stole 90 TVs valued at more than $100,000.
The burglary happened on the 4900 block of Powerline Road. Surveillance cameras captured a dark color sedan near the warehouse on July 21. "The guys knew what they were doing. They parked at the mechanic shop down the way there, that's where they stationed themselves to, I guess, coordinate the crime. Then, [they] came across the field, so they wouldn't be seen by the cameras that we had here," said Michael Arencibia of IAVA Distribution.
However, the pair of thieves were seen on some surveillance cameras walking toward the warehouse. One of the alleged robbers' faces can be scene on camera.
Arencibia said the pair broke a massive hole in the wall to get into the warehouse. "They broke into this wall and came through the building and helping themselves to some TVs, they tripped that motion sensor," said Arencibia.
Surveillance cameras captured a white van leaving the scene of the crime. "The police found two sledgehammers on the opposite side of the wall that were left behind," said Arencibia. "They triggered the alarm system at 1:58 in the morning. After hearing the alarm system, I guess they scattered and left half of what they took in the building next door."
When the crooks triggered a silent alarm, police and a manager responded but did not find any doors open. It tuned out the crooks were still working silently inside, and they would end up fleeing the scene after police had left. "Officers checked the exterior and everything was fine," said Fort Lauderdale Police spokesperson Deanna Garcia. "That could be because they gained access through an interior wall."
"They knew exactly how to get in," said Arencibia.
In addition to the Crime Stoppers reward, IAVA Distribution is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. If you have any information on this high-end burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for that reward.
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