Robbers hit Port St. Lucie jewelry store, 1 forces family to drive him to Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Authorities are on the lookout for a group of armed robbers who broke into a Port St. Lucie jewelry store before one of them forced a family to be his getaway drivers.

Surveillance video rolled as the men wearing wigs pointed guns at the employees and forced them into the back of LSO Jewelers, Thursday.

The subjects raided the safe and took off. Officials said one of the thieves then ran into a nearby residential community, broke into a nearby house and forced the family inside to drive him to Fort Lauderdale.

The family was not hurt and the thief took off.

Residents in the area said they are stunned that this could happen in their own town.

“I think it’s awful. It’s pathetic,” said one man. “It’s more disgusting than anything.”

Another resident said this is a rare incident. “That’s horrible. That’s so scary,” she said. “I can’t believe that happened around here. This is like, such a quiet town.”

As of Friday, Port Saint Lucie police have arrested one of the suspects.

If you have any information on this robbery, 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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