Pompano Beach, Fl Burglary
Two Pompano Beach businesses were burgled and burned within two days and detectives are hoping surveillance video will put some heat on the suspects.
At 4:12 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14, Pompano Beach Fire Rescue and Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 2601 Palm Aire Dr. after a 9-1-1 caller reported flames shooting out of the Palm Aire Country Club Clubhouse. Firefighters doused the flames and realized the fire was an attempt to cover up a crime. The suspect ransacked the business, stealing liquor and money before trying to cover his tracks. In the club’s surveillance video, you can see the suspect looks like he knows exactly where he’s going – to a liquor cabinet to bag booze. He also took the bag boy’s tip till and unsuccessfully tried to crack a safe in the restaurant. In the second video clip, you can see the suspect carrying a bag, as he makes his way around the west side of the clubhouse. The damage to the building was extensive.
Two days later, on September 16, Pompano Beach Fire Rescue and BSO deputies were sent to 2601 W. Atlantic Blvd. after a passerby saw a fire burning inside the Premier Rental Purchase store just after 6:30 a.m. According to BSO detectives, some time around 3:30 a.m., the suspect(s) cut a hole in the business’ roof and dropped down into the store. Taken were electronics, including flat-screen TV’s, computers, DVD players and amplifiers. In all, the preliminary tally of the goods stolen topped $6,000. The State Fire Marshal and ATF are investigating with the Pompano Beach Fire Marshal and BSO’s Violent Crimes Unit. It is unclear at this time if the two arsons and burglaries are connected, but investigators hope the surveillance video will ignite some leads and douse the firebugs.
Address:4:12 a.m., 6:38 a.m. Jurisdiction: Pompano Beach Places of Occurrence: 2601 N. Palm Aire Dr., Pompano Beach 2601 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach
Sep 23, 2010