PLANTATION – (CBS4) – Thieves lured by remote controlled vehicles helped themselves to numerous items at a Plantation hobby store.
Now, police are asking for the public’s help to locate the bandits.
Police said surveillance video shows two men walking into Warrick Custom Hobbies store at 7676 Peters Road at 6:25 pm on March 18th.
One man was talking on a cellphone and headed straight to the back of the store. The man behind him headed straight for a video game.
The man in the back of the store is seen moving items around — like metal storage units. At one point, he even looks directly into a surveillance camera.
Once his partner joins him in the back of the store, the men grab 4 expensive remote controlled cars, whose combined value totaled $2,400.
The crime occurred while customers and store employees were in the front of the store, just a short distance away.
“It’s brazen,” said Plantation Police Detective Philip Toman. “They went into a store that was open for business and it was daylight and they spent a considerable amount in the rear of the store where the items were that they stole.”
The men were last seen leaving through the store’s fire door and getting into a waiting 4-door compact car.
Store manager Emily Mitchell hopes someone recognizes the men and turns them in.
“These guys are extreme criminals and daring enough to remove security (items) and walk out the back door, they need to be caught,” she said.
It’s not the first time thieves have targeted the popular hobby shop.
On December 4th, 2005, thieves used a baby as a decoy to rob the shop placing remote controlled cars inside a baby stroller.
If you know anything about this recent crime, call Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS.