Caught on Tape: Gun Thief "Drops In" on Fla. Pawn Shop


LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. (CBS/WFOR) The Broward Sheriff's Office has a pretty good lead on a burglar who stole several guns from a Lauderdale Lakes pawn shop. That's because the suspect, described by officials as athletic, was caught on camera breaking into the pawn shop on Friday.

Surveillance cameras rolling inside the Peoples Pawn Shop captured his every move. Detectives say the suspect climbed onto the roof of the Florida store. He cut a hole in the roof and threw a rope down into the store to make his descent.

The man is seen on the video, obtained by CBS affiliate WFOR-TV, rappelling into the pawn shop.

He quickly runs toward the area where the firearms are stored, cuts the lock with his bolt cutter and proceeds to reach, jump and climb the wall trying to grab the weapons on display.

He fled the scene with three rifles and two shotguns.

The suspect is described as a light skinned male, possibly Hispanic, who wore a red mask over his face, all black clothing, with black sneakers and a white and black baseball cap. He's believed to be about 5'10" tall, weighs between 150-170 lbs., and has a muscular physique.

Anyone who knows the identity of the suspect or has information regarding this burglary is asked to contact the Broward Sheriff's at 954-497-1646.

Tipsters can also make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Story Contributed by CBS Affilate WFOR-TV.