Police catch repair shop burglars in the act
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities are looking for a man in connection to the burglary of a South Florida repair shop that led to the pursuit and arrest of two other men, Friday.
The owner of the Camera Clinic, a small camera and TV repair shop located in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, said the three perpetrators forcefully broke into his business through the back door. "This door was pried open with a crowbar and a screwdriver," said Robert Pollack as he showed the point-of-entry damage. "We've dented it back a little bit to see if we could get the door to close."
Pollack said, based on the merchandise the perpetrators took, they were targeting specific items. "These are the boxes of lenses they were taking," Pollack said as he placed a cardboard box filled with camera lenses on his store counter.
A Broward Sheriff's Office deputy was driving his cruiser by the store around 4 a.m. when, according to officials, he caught the burglars in the act. Two of the alleged burglars fled the scene in a car and the law enforcer, who called for backup, gave pursuit along with a Fort Lauderdale Police K-9 unit and a police helicopter.
It took less than 30 minutes for authorities to apprehend 23-year-old Carlos Ramirez Martinez and 28-year-old Fabian Suarez. "They have previous criminal history," said BSO spokesperson Mike Jachles. "Twenty-one thousand dollars worth of camera equipment was recovered. There was also burglar tools and cocaine in the suspects' vehicle." Police recovered 111 used lenses and 19 used cameras from the suspects.
"The [Broward] Sheriff's Department was excellent," said Pollack. "I mean, they were right on it, and with the helicopter as well ... and the two [police] dogs. They put them in two different locations."
Ramirez Martinez and Suarez are being held at the Broward County Jail. The third suspect remains at large.
If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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