Brazen Daylight Robbery of Fort Lauderdale TJ Maxx Caught on Video

Police looking for trio behind armed robbery at clothing store

By Donna Rapado
|  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013  |  Updated 11:42 AM EDT
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Fort Lauderdale Police are looking for a trio of suspects they say robbed a TJ Maxx store at gunpoint in broad daylight. Fort Lauderdale Police spokeswoman Det. DeAnna Garcia talks about the robbery.

Fort Lauderdale Police are looking for a trio of suspects they say robbed a TJ Maxx store at gunpoint in broad daylight. Fort Lauderdale Police spokeswoman Det. DeAnna Garcia talks about the robbery.

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Fort Lauderdale Police are looking for a trio of suspects they say were caught on video robbing a TJ Maxx store at gunpoint in broad daylight.

The robbery happened around 1 p.m. on Tuesday when two of the suspects entered the store at 3120 North Federal Highway posing as customers, police said.

One of the suspects approached the store manager, told him he was armed and demanded to be taken to the safe. Another manager noticed something going on and walked over, and the suspect pulled out a silver handgun, police said.

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The managers took the suspect to the safe, while the other suspect went inside the office and told another employee they were being robbed, police said.

"[He] told her 'we're robbing the store, do not move, do not say anything,'" Fort Lauderdale Police spokeswoman Det. DeAnna Garcia said. "Everyone was fearful for their lives."

The two suspects grabbed the bank deposit bags from the store's safe and ran out the front door, where they jumped into a waiting red four-door KIA driven by the third suspect, police said.

"The fact that the suspects walked into this business in the middle of broad daylight with very minimal disguises, it shows that they're very brazen, or it's possible that they will do this again if they get away with it," Garcia said.

The first suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-0, with a thin build who was wearing eye glasses, a dress shirt, tie, and a black baseball cap with large yellow letters that read “BOSTON."

The second suspect is also described as a black male in his 20s, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-0, with a thin build who was wearing a black knit hat and black clothes.

Police described the driver as a black male in his 20s with a bald head and beard, between 5-foot-8 and 6-foot-0 with a heavy build.

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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