POMPANO BEACH (CBS4)- Broward Sheriffs Office detectives released a composite sketch of a burglar who they said has targeted a dozen Palm Aire Condominiums in the past several weeks, stealing at least $200,000 in jewelry and other items.
According to police, between February 14 and March 26, the man stole laptops, televisions, bicycles, luggage, a camera, cash and jewelry from a dozen condos in Pompano Beach. Now BSO is circulating his sketch as they look for leads.
“What we’re going to do is canvass the Palm Aire neighborhood,” explained BSO Sergeant Jeff Morse.
Residents in the area are on such high guard, that even BSO detectives had trouble talking to some residents.
“Do you have permission from management to come through here?” asked a Palm Aire condo resident. When the detective said he didn’t, the resident wouldn’t let him in until he showed his badge and was accompanied by the building president.
Marty Weinstock is one of the 14 victims the Palm Aire thief.
“The window over there, that comes in our bedroom, that’s how he came in and he ransacked the bedroom,” Weinstock said.
The crook got away with electronics, jewelry, and money.
Police said the man likely works with at least one accomplice and usually breaks windows next to doors to reach the door lock. Police said that the thief hasn’t run into any homeowner yet, but when he dose the chances of someone getting hurt rise.
A witness, who was able to describe the man to police sketch artist, described the burglar as a male, 45 to 50-year-old, 5-foot-11 to 6-feet-tall and about 210 pounds.
Anyone with information about the man is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.broardcrimestoppers.org.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.