COOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) - The Broward Sheriff’s Office is enlisting the help of the public in the search of a serial robber that has hit over a dozen stores in Broward County.
The robberies span as far back as September, with the most recent robbery having taken place on Jan. 4, at a Cooper City Chevron, located off University Drive and Hiatus Road.
“He is extremely brazen, and we’re trying to stop him before something really terrible happens,” said BSO Spokesperson Gina Carter.
Surveillance video shows the subject approaching the cashier, pulling a gun and demanding money. The cashier complied and began handing over the cash.
Another incident took place on the same day at a Cooper City Marathon, where the subject was a bit more aggressive and actually climbed over the counter and pulled out the cash himself.
“He’s really kind of wearing the same outfit,” said Carter. “He’s wearing a dark hoodie with a Nike logo on it. It doesn’t mean he wears that in every case, just the ones we’re working right now.”
Investigators believe the robber is responsible for at least 15 robberies throughout both Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
“His M.O. is kind of patient and casual,” said Carter. “He walks in, pretends to be shopping, usually grabs an item or two, goes up to the register, pretends to pay – actually hands over some cash – and once they open the register, he pulls out the gun and asks for all the money.”
Authorities have advice for other clerks who could be in the robber’s path.
“If you find yourself in that situation like so many store clerks have, we really recommend that you just think about your safety and comply,” said Carter. “There’s nothing more important than your own safety — no cash in the register, no items are more important than that.”
As detectives continue the search for the subject, the reward has been raised to $13,000.
If you have any information on these robberies, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for the aforementioned reward
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