Burglars posing as pest control crew at Tamarac apartment flee after being caught stealing

TAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) - - Several subjects posing as pest control employees are on the run after they were caught rummaging through a resident’s purse inside a unit at a Tamarac apartment complex.

According to Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies, the would-be burglars knocked on an apartment door near Northwest 64th Avenue and 57th Street, Thursday afternoon.

Once inside, the 68-year-old victim said he caught one of the men in his closet.

“The guy was standing there going through the purse,” the resident said.

The 68-year-old walked 7News cameras through his terrifying ordeal.

“One guy was here in the kitchen looking as if he was going to spray and moving the dishes back and forth, and I went to the room, and the guy was rummaging through my wife’s purse,” he said. “That’s when I told him to get the heck out of here, and the other guy came over, and they pushed me.”

That’s when the victim said he grabbed a baton and tried to fight the men off.

The victim said he then chased the men to the parking lot of the apartment complex before they jumped into a getaway car.

A good Samaritan tried to block in the subjects with his silver Ford pickup truck.

“He just rammed them like there was no tomorrow, at full speed,” the victim said.

They crashed, but officials said they kept going and are now at large.

Meanwhile, the good Samaritan’s pickup truck was left with damage to the front tire.

“He’s a hero,” said the 68-year-old.

No one was injured in this case.

As BSO deputies continue to search for those subjects, the victim said he is using this nightmare as a lesson learned.

“Don’t open the door for anyone, period, end of story,” he said.

If you have any information on this crime, 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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