Would-be burglars left a Dania Beach sliding glass door smashed and riddled with bullets, but try as they might they couldn’t get into a townhome on Christmas night, authorities said.
The hurricane impact window glass proved stronger than the suspects, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
One man fired about a dozen shots at the glass door and a nearby window and then tried to kick through the door, to no avail, the BSO said.
Now, detectives are seeking the public’s help identifying the duo who were recorded on surveillance video trying to break into the home at 3905 Southwest 47th St.
One suspect rang the doorbell at about 10:15 p.m., and when no one answered the suspect walked to an awaiting dark pickup, the video shows. About 25 minutes later, a second suspect went into the backyard with a firearm covered with a towel, then began firing.
After he failed to bust through, his accomplice entered the yard, and they kept trying to kick the door down. Then they took a rest, on a hammock and on the patio, the video shows. They chatted for about three minutes, before departing emptyhanded.
The BSO said it believes a third suspect was involved, although that suspect is not glimpsed on the video.
Twelve markers could be seen next to the bullet holes on the door and window Friday night.
Before the Christmas caper, resident Carlos Idarriaga filed a police report on Nov. 1 after someone stole his motorcycle from the front of his house, the BSO said. He later bought another motorcycle, which he kept inside.
Authorities ask anyone with information on the identity of the suspects or the incident to call BSO Dania Beach Det. Christopher DeGiovanni at 954-518-0138. Tips can be submitted anonymously to Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS or at www.browardcrimestoppers.org.