OAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) - Surveillance video has been released showing a man stealing a chain from an Oakland Park flea market.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, a man who posed as a customer tried on a $60,000 necklace inside the Rambo Jewelry store at the Oakland Park Flea Market. Moments after putting it on, the subject took off.
“He wanted to try something like this, big one with a charm, you see?” said store owner Eli Chlvany. “And it cost a lot of money, of course. It was 18 karat gold, charmed diamonds.”
BSO deputies said the robbery happened at that flea market near West Oakland Park Boulevard and Northwest 31st Avenue on Dec. 17.
The owner of the jewelry store could be seen on surveillance showing the subject the necklace. The man looked about 18 or 20 years old, so the store owner said he asked for an I.D. as a security measure. It turns out that the I.D. he gave Chlvany was a fake, but the necklace was already taken.
“It was a two-minute job around the holiday,” Chlvany said, “and it’s happened before, and I hope it’s not gonna happen anymore. We need to stop this from happening again.”
A similar robbery happened back on Feb. 14, 2016. The robber was also caught on surveillance fleeing the store and running through the parking lot. It’s why Chlvany said he implemented the I.D. policy.
Chlvany is frustrated with the situation and has a warning for anyone else who wants to attempt a theft at his store. “Now, if you want to see something like this, you have to bring the money with you,” he said. “I’m done with the [expletive].”
Investigators are working to find the thief. If you have any information on his identity, 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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