Burglars caught on camera trying to break into deputy’s cruiser

OAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) - Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are looking for two would-be burglars who were caught on camera attempting to rob a marked BSO cruiser.

The incident took place at around 4:30 a.m. on April 30 at an apartment complex near North Dixie Highway and East Commercial Boulevard in Oakland Park.

“Detectives are quite concerned that the burglars would be so bold as in to try to break into a marked BSO vehicle,” said BSO spokesperson Joy Oglesby.

In surveillance video released by BSO, the subjects could be seen arriving in an SUV. They are then seen backing their vehicle next to the cruiser.

One subject leaning against the SUV appears to be tasked with being the lookout, while the other shines a flashlight into the cruiser and attempts to break the driver’s side window.

“One can assume that there are a number of assets that a deputy has, including computers or weapons that may or may not be in the car that they were after,” said Oglesby.

BSO said the subject’s attempt was unsuccessful, and after about three minutes, they gave up, leaving the scene empty-handed.

“At this point, they fumbled the job. Detectives want to make sure they don’t do this again to anyone else,” said Oglesby.

A 7News crew showed area residents the surveillance video of the attempted break-in.

“Oh, he’s dumb, boy,” said a woman about one of the subjects.

Neighbors said they’re aware a BSO deputy lives nearby but had not heard about the incident.

“They’ve got a lot of nerve,” said a woman who lives nearby. “They don’t think nothing about it.”

“I park there sometimes, when we have company,” said another woman.

“I normally walk across the parking lot to get my stuff from the corner store,” said a boy. “If someone’s right there, and I get caught in the middle of it, I don’t know what I would do.”

The subjects are described as having thin builds and both wore hoodies. The subject who appeared to be the lookout sported a T-shirt with a distinctive graphic.

Anyone with information on this attempted break-in is asked to contact BSO Detective Steve Upadayya at 954-202-3121. Reports can also be made anonymously to Broward 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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