The Broward Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying an alleged car burglar, who should be considered armed and dangerous.
In the early morning hours of April 24, BSO said a male suspect smashed his way into a Yellow Cab Toyota Prius that was parked outside the owner's Lauderdale Lakes apartment in the 2700 block of Somerset Drive. The community is gated and has security guards.
A rear-view camera captured the suspect's face as he rummaged for valuables. He left with nothing, according to the taxi driver.
BSO said the same man is suspected of breaking into two other vehicles in the complex that same morning including a marked police officer's Chevrolet Tahoe. He took a vest carrier that has "Police" patches and $143 worth of LED flares from the North Miami Police Department's SUV.
His third smash-and-grab from a Dodge Charger, netted him a Glock 26 gun with two magazines that hold 21 bullets.
"We're thinking it's an isolated incident, especially for that area. The officer's lived there for several years, something to this magnitude has not occurred before, especially with a marked police vehicle," an investigator explained.
BSO said the suspect is considered armed and dangerous since he has police equipment and a loaded 9mm gun.
"The danger with that is unimaginable with someone just posing as a police officer," the investigator said. "If anybody is being pulled over, especially by an unmarked car, go to a well-lit area."
Anyone with information about the suspect or these crimes is urged to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.