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Police Search For Suspect Who Robbed Hollywood Home Of Items Worth Over $250K

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hollywood police are asking the public for any tips they can provide regarding the robbery of $250,000 worth of items stolen from a home back in December of last year.  Leads in the case have dried up.

The heirloom heist took place at a home near Southlake Drive and Washington Street.

At the time, police released video of a man caught on a surveillance camera breaking into the home on December 15th at around 6:40 p.m.

The video shows the man ringing the doorbell, checking his phone, and looking to see if anyone was home.

When he realized he was in the clear, he broke into the home and spent more than thirty minutes inside, clearing the safe of family heirlooms and jewelry worth more than $250,000.

"It was loaded because I had taken all the watches and everything out of the box," the victim said.  "I had to push everything back.  So when you opened it, it was virtually almost falling out with the jewelry. And we had cash in there too."

The woman who lives at the home didn't want to be identified but shared with CBS4 that the jewelry were family heirlooms passed down generations for more than 100 years.

"It was the feeling knowing who it belonged to and the history of our families is gone.  They took that from us," she said.

She was hoping to pass them down to her children and grandchildren.

One of the jewelry pieces stolen was her mother-in-law's, who had just recently passed away. She said it was the sentimental value of the jewelry that makes them irreplaceable.

The suspect was seen wearing a Houston Astros championship hat. He then left the home in a vehicle waiting for him outside.

Police believe the man may have been with at least two additional suspects.

"In the video we only really see one suspect," said Hollywood Police Officer Christian Lata. "But we do believe there could possibly be other suspects involved.  We think there could possibly be two other suspects that were waiting in a vehicle."

The homeowner just wants these people caught and locked up.

"This is wrong," she said. "I don't know how these people are raised. They have no conscience. I was raised with a conscious, with morals. These people don't have that. And they should be stopped."

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS. There is a reward up to $8,400 for tips leading to an arrest.


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