A group of burglars broke into a Tamarac cigar warehouse through its roof early Friday, taking their time to load and drive away with Dutchmaster stogies worth close to $300,000, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
The suspects took the cigars from Florida Distributors Inc. at 2700 Northwest 55th Court, with video showing them jumping a fence at about 1:30 a.m. before they entered the warehouse, the BSO said in a statement.
They loaded about 700 cases of cigars into three vehicles before they eventually drove away, after spending about two hours at the warehouse, according to the BSO.
"They were very methodical. They took their time. They didn't appear as if they were rushing," Det. Michael Colantuno said.
Much of the heist was caught on surveillance video inside the warehouse, but a key warning never sounded.
"Alarm didn't go off, because for some reason, the sensor didn't detect anything," said Rizwan Ishaque, the owner of Florida Distributors.
Authorities can only guess where the suspects took their haul of cigars.
"It could be anywhere. Down in Miami, Palm Beach, could be Broward, could be anywhere," Colantuno said.
The BSO found 56 boxes of cigars left on the roof that are worth about $19,000, Colantuno said. They will be checked for DNA. The BSO is also reviewing surveillance cameras from nearby buildings to pinpoint the vehicles involved.
The BSO asks anyone with information about the incident to call Det. Michael Colantuno at 954-720-2231 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.
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