Fake Brinks Guard Burglar Arrested: BSO

Man who stole $162,000 from Sunrise store arrested months after crime: BSO

By Brian Hamacher
|  Thursday, Sep 6, 2012  |  Updated 12:53 PM EDT
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The morning after the biggest shopping day of the year, a man dressed as a Brinks security guard carried out his biggest heist yet. Police said John Mortimer, 24, stole $162,000 in cash from Aéropostale at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise. Surveillance video shows a store manager giving the suspect the deposits, which he signs for, before he leaves with the cash inside a Brinks bag. No one answered the door at Mortimer's Lauderhill home on Wednesday.

The morning after the biggest shopping day of the year, a man dressed as a Brinks security guard carried out his biggest heist yet. Police said John Mortimer, 24, stole $162,000 in cash from Aéropostale at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise. Surveillance video shows a store manager giving the suspect the deposits, which he signs for, before he leaves with the cash inside a Brinks bag. No one answered the door at Mortimer's Lauderhill home on Wednesday.

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Brinks Robber Used Full Uniform: Cops

Police believe the man in Aéropostale?s surveillance video to be 24-year-old John Mortimer. "You can see it's a full uniform complete with an identity badge," Sunrise Police Detective Luis Fernandez said. "Everything's embroidered."
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The man who impersonated a Brinks guard and made off with more than $160,000 from a Sunrise clothes shop the day after Black Friday last year has been arrested, authorities said Thursday.

John Mortimer, 25, was arrested Wednesday on grand theft and burglary charges, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. The details of his arrest are unknown.

Authorities say Mortimer pulled off the daring burglary on Nov. 26, 2011, at the Sawgrass Mills Aeropostale at 12801 W. Sunrise Boulevard.

Mortimer, dressed in a Brinks outfit complete with badge, walked into the store, was handed deposits by the store's manager and walked right out the front door, Sunrise Police said.

His total haul was around $162,000 cash.

Police later found a stolen car, believed to be Mortimer's getaway vehicle, with a Brinks hat, Brinks uniform, Brinks bag, gun and gun belt inside, police said.

Mortimer was being held without bond Thursday and it was unknown whether he has an attorney.

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