SUNRISE, Florida. – Broward Crime Stoppers on Thursday released surveillance footage of people who robbed a jewelry store last month at the Sawgrass Mills mall.
Steven Pollack has owned this store for 22 years, in the same mall and something like this has never happened before.
“It affected me tremendously,” he said.
Pollack told Local 10 that two of his employees who were there when the incident happened no longer work at Pollack Jewelers because they are too afraid to come back.
“I’ve heard of little holds and runs and things, but nothing as vicious as that,” Pollack said.
Footage shows a woman wearing a face mask and all black clothing inside Pollack Jewellers, along with two others, wearing black hoodies, trashing the business.
The theft took place just before 9 p.m. on April 27, close to closing time.
Police said the woman walked into the business and pepper sprayed two employees.
Around the same time, two men stormed the counter, smashing glass display cases and grabbing a number of high-end watches.
Pollack Jewelers is near an exit on the southwest side of the mall, which provided a quick and clean getaway for these thieves.
The store’s website offers an inventory of pre-owned Rolex and Cartier watches, as well as other luxury designer brands.
Although no one was seriously injured in this shameless crime, store employees were shaken. Local 10 News spotted a man splashing water on himself and wiping his face.
Local 10 also learned that after the attack, one of the victims ran to a nearby store inside the mall screaming and in tears from the powerful effects of pepper spray.
Calls went quickly to 911 and police were on the scene within minutes, but the trio were long gone.
Police said they fled in a silver four-door car.
Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477. A reward of up to $5,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest.
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