AVENTURA, Fla. (WSVN) — An elderly woman who was robbed at gunpoint in Aventura said this is the second time it has happened in two years.
“If you’re a woman by yourself, don’t wear jewelry,” said the victim who didn’t want to be identified.
Tuesday, at around 3 p.m., the 70-year-old victim was held up outside of a Best Buy, off 210th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, in Aventura, where she was robbed of a gold wedding band and a diamond ring worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Police said the victim went to her car, opened the door and sat inside, and in the back was the subject who placed a gun to her neck and demanded all of her jewelry. She complied.
The victim said death was going through her mind. “Just everything horrific,” she said.
Police said the victim was robbed in the very same shopping center, just two years earlier.
Surveillance video from the Nov. 9, 2014 robbery shows a silver four-door vehicle, which seems to be a Toyota with dark window tints following the victim. Police said the Toyota hit the Mercedes the victim was in, causing her to get out of the car.
Police said when she got out, the victim was pushed head first into her car where the thief took the ring off her finger before taking off. The victim said she thinks the chances of this happening to her twice are a million-to-one.
Shoppers were shocked to hear of the robbery. “You don’t hear about much crime here,” said Rick Curtis, “and there’s somebody been robbed here twice? I have never even heard of that.”
The victim doesn’t think the robber worked alone. “I think it’s a gang. I think it’s a group. I think it was just too coincidental,” the victim said.
Aventura Police are working to see if the two cases are connected. However, 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 $1,000 reward.
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