Brian Hamacher

Crew Armed With Handguns, Rifles Robs Man in Lauderdale Lakes

A surveillance camera captured a group of heavily-armed thieves robbing a man in broad daylight outside a Lauderdale Lakes liquor store.

Broward Sheriff's Office officials released footage Friday of the robbery that happened around 7:15 p.m. outside J&L Liquors at 3875 Northwest 19th Street.

Authorities said the victim exited the store and was immediately approached by three men who jumped out of a Volvo armed with handguns and long rifles. The man was pinned to the ground as he was surrounded by the thieves, who searched him for valuables.

The three men "flubbed" their way through the robbery, dropping personal items multiple times and even struggling to retrieve a rifle that was placed on the ground near the victim, BSO officials said.

A fourth armed robber got out of the car and went to the victim's car and appeared to take something from inside. He then walked up to the victim and told him to empty his pockets, taking the victim's cash.

The suspects fled the scene in the car, and the victim left the scene before deputies arrived.

BSO is asking for the public's help in identifying anyone involved. Those with info can call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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