FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for a man who burglarized a Fort Lauderdale home and turned around to rob a bank in a shirt the homeowner recognized.
CJ Evans described the mess that was left behind in his home after it was burglarized. “He comes through the house, he went through everything in my hall closet, tearing everything down here,” he said. “He came into the bedroom, he came to this nightstand, opened up all the drawers here, he took out the cell phone.”
CJ’s home was broken into on a Monday afternoon. Surveillance captured a shirtless man lurking around his house the day it was broken into.
The next day, Evans said, he recognized one of his shirts being worn by a man who the FBI said robbed a Fort Lauderdale Bank of America. “As soon as I saw the video, I knew that was my shirt — it was a button down, double collar shirt,” he said. “I looked at it, and I was like, ‘This … this is the same guy.’ And then I looked at the close-up pictures last night, and I saw the design — blue stripes — and it’s got some gray in it, the shirt collars, and it’s got cuffs.”
Evans is mostly grateful that the subject didn’t harm his 14-year-old Yorkie, Hudson. “I think he thinks he scared him off, but I don’t think that’s really what happened,” he said.
Evans said he doesn’t really care about the shirt. Instead, he wants other stolen items back. “School just started back. I don’t have a laptop,” he said. He took the last of the cash in the house. I mean, I just want some of my things back.”
If you recognize this man in the videos, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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