It was a brazen and cleverly planned attack — thieves posing as flower delivery people showing up at the door of a Plantation home one morning in mid-September.
The thieves bound the woman who answered the door and robbed her at gunpoint. The thieves stole tens of thousands of dollars and several pieces of expensive jewelry.
But this wasn’t a random attack.
According to the Plantation Police Department, the ringleader of the group — Anthony Roman — knew there was a safe in the home and knew the location of the security cameras as well as the digital video recording system.
Tuesday CBS 4 News received confirmation that Roman is charged with armed burglary and kidnapping in the incident. He already faces charges in a similar attack in Palm Beach Gardens in October.
The twist in the story is as shocking today as it was when we first reported it in our exclusive story earlier this month.
Police allege that an employee of a South Florida-based security company, Security Tech, provided confidential information to Roman about the victims in the Plantation case as well as the victims in the Palm Beach Gardens case.
The security company employee, Christopher Michaelides, no longer works for Security Tech, according to the company’s owner.
Police reports reveal that Michaelides was promised $10,000 for his information but he never received a dime.
Police reports also show that Michaelides admitted his role in the crimes and is providing information to police.
Leonard Pereira, the victim in Plantation, told me in an earlier interview that he and his wife were stunned to learn that an employee of the company they hired to protect them and their home was responsible.
“It’s horrific,” he said at the time. “We can’t believe it. We’re still in shock.”
Anthony Roman is being held in the Broward County Jail without bond.
Police are still looking for an additional suspect in the Plantation case. Detectives also want to track down several pieces of jewelry stolen from the Pereira’s that have enormous sentimental value — like an anniversary ring and a Rolex watch.