Police search for sports gear bandits caught on camera
NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida store manager is reeling after having been targeted by three masked men who took off with cash and merchandise following a tense 2-minute ordeal captured by surveillance cameras.
Dana Cannon, an assistant manager at Simon's Sportswear, located at 698 NE 167th St. in Northeast Miami-Dade, said she was chatting with a co-worker about store displays Saturday afternoon when the subjects walked into the store. "They told my security [guard] to get on the ground, and they put the gun in my face and walked to the register and made me put all the money in the bag, while two of the other suspects stole merchandise," she said.
Cannon said the men were armed and were also holding garbage bags which they used to haul away cash and top-of-the-line shoes and athletic gear. "The one with the gun in my face, he said, 'Just put the money in the bag,' and the other suspect, he was just like, 'We don't want to hurt anybody; just give us what we want.'" she said. "I told police and detectives, I personally felt like he knew what he was doing. He pointed the gun in my face, didn't shake, wasn't scared. He knew what he wanted, he came like he'd done it before."
Once the thieves took off, Cannon and her colleague bolted from behind the counter for the back. The security guard followed them to safety. Cannon said she's grateful no one was hurt, and the security inside and outside the store was up and running. "It was fast, it was planned, it was definitely planned," she said. "But we have security cameras, we have alarms, we have all those things, so I have faith that they will get caught."
Obscured by ski masks and a hoodie, Cannon didn't see the perpetrators' faces, but she said she would recognize their voices. "I remember their voice ... it's still in my head; I'm replaying it," she said.
If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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