DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for an armed robber who, they said, targeted an Advance America store in Davie – all while talking on his cellphone.
Surveillance captured the man as he trailed an employee into the Advance America store located along Stirling Road and North 68th Avenue, Monday morning.
Officials said he waited outside the cash advance store for an employee to open the store.
The man is seen chatting on his smartphone in a Caribbean accent as he flashes a gun before demanding money from the store’s safe, which had $20,000 inside, police said.
“We believe that from the nature of this crime that this gentleman has committed crimes like this in the past,” said Davie Police Sgt. Mark Leone. “We’re actually investigating that now. We also see that he’s very bold. He’s not wearing a mask or trying to cover his face.”
The crisp footage managed to capture a clear picture of the robber’s face as he made his escape from the store.
“It was pretty clear that this was not a spur of the moment kind of crime, that he actually planned this out,” Leone said. “The gentleman knew what time the employee came to work, he knew the system of the store, where the alarm was and possibly where the safe was.”
Back in 2009, there were a string of robberies at Advance America check cashing stores across Florida, and police said the suspect of those crimes bears a resemblance to the robber at the Advance America store.
“The suspect from the 2009 string of robberies and the suspect from this most recent robbery very much resemble each other, and that is something that we are looking into,” Leone said.
If you recognize this man, 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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