FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A couple of armed robbers have figured out how to buy a little more time as they make their getaway – they make their targets strip naked.READ MORE: Suspected Shoplifter Shot By Police After Pulling Weapon At The Falls Shopping Center In SW Miami-Dade
One of the victims, Kevin Benitez, spoke exclusively to CBS4’s Brian Andrews. “Having the gun to my co-worker’s head. That was probably the most scariest.”
“I’ve been through a lot in my life and I’ve got to say this was probably the most terrifying.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said they’ve heard of at least half a dozen cases where the armed robbers have left their victims without money and clothes since September. Two of the most recent ones they’ve investigated happened in Tamarac and Pompano Beach.
Surveillance video from a Subway, at 4601 N.W. 31 Street in Tamarac, shows two men wearing masks and gloves quietly enter the restaurant around 10:30 p.m. through a side door on October 28th.READ MORE: CDC's New Mask Mandate Encourages People To Get COVID Vaccinations
They surprise the two employees, ordering them to duck behind the counter. One of them presses a gun into a terrified employee’s cheek, while the other orders the other employee to get the cash out of the register.
After taking the money out of the drawer, the robbers ushered both of the employees to the back of the store, where they ordered them to take their clothes off. They then ran out of the side door. Each wore a loose black mask over his head, a white glove on his right hand and a black T-shirt. One appeared to have long dreads held back by a rubber band.
On October 31st, a similar robbery occurred at the Pick & Go convenience store, at 2301 N.E. 16 Street, in Pompano Beach.
The armed men, dressed in black clothing and wearing masks and gloves, went inside the business demanding money. The robbers ordered the clerk to take his clothes off and struck him with the gun. They then ransacked the business and shot the clerk in the leg because they felt he was lying and hiding the loot.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation and Sunrise police departments are investigating similar crimes. Anyone with information about these criminals can contact Broward County Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.MORE NEWS: 'There's More Aggression, More Confrontational Attitude': Miami Beach Police Chief On Increasing Safety, Security
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