By Ted Scouten

OAKLAND PARK (CBSMiami) – They say that ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’, but in Oakland Park, one person took it a little too far after pulling a sword on another man.

It happened on July 15 and it was caught on home surveillance system.

Todd Beavers said he had gone for a jog around his neighborhood when he came upon a bulk trash pile in front of a vacant home near Prospect Road and Northwest 11th Terrace in Oakland Park.

Beavers also noticed two other men were going through it looking for ‘hidden treasures’. Beavers stopped and decided to look around as well and found a black heavy-duty dump cart he decided to stake claim to.

One of the other men got angry and started chasing him with a sword.



“When he pulled out the sword I thought, ‘What am I doing?’ I thought ‘Is he really going to do this?’” Beaver asked. “I was in shock the whole time.  I was really shocked that he would do it.  I was shocked, I couldn’t believe that he was going to try to kill me for a cart,” Beavers said.

The chase ended at Beavers’ home in Oakland Park near Prospect Road and I-95.

Investigators are stumped.

“Obviously this is a very bizarre situation,” said BSO Spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion.  “It’s not often you see someone with a sword attacking someone else, much less from an item that was in the trash,” she added.

The terrifying attack ended in front of Beavers’ home. When he pointed out it was being recorded on his surveillance system, the man saw the camera and left but threatened to return.

While all this was going on, a woman joined in telling Beavers he should not have the cart, then she took it while yelling insults at him.

Broward sheriff’s detectives believe the man with the sword and the woman know each other.

Beavers said he regrets grabbing the cart in the first place.

Anyone who recognizes the man with the sword or the woman is urged to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.



Ted Scouten