2 accused of stealing loaded guns from pawn shop

Deputies chase down men who tried stealing assault rifle, handgun, items


OAKLAND PARK, Fla. – Authorities arrested two burglary suspects accused of stealing loaded guns from a pawn shop.

Deputies said the two men opened the doors of an Oakland Park pawn shop around 2 a.m. Saturday, smashed the glass cases and walked away with a loaded AK-47 assault rifle and a loaded .40-caliber handgun, as well as other items.

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a silent alarm at the business arrived just in time to see the suspect van speeding from the business.

The Dodge Grand Caravan drove into a residential neighborhood, hit a parked car and the two burglars bailed out and ran.

BSO, using road patrol, crime suppression team and SWAT deputies, K-9s and a BSO helicopter, set up a perimeter to search, deputies said.

A deputy ran down 34-year-old Alphurs Symonette of Miami, and a K-9 later tracked 35-year-old Enrique Quintero of Opa Locka. Detectives said they found several stolen items, including both guns, and burglary tools in the van.

Deputies said Symonette and Quintero are believed to be involved in numerous, similar pawn shop armed burglaries and are a part of a criminal ring active in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Both suspects have extensive criminal pasts, with Symonette having a particularly violent and extensive history with numerous arrests for five different armed robberies, strong arm robbery, aggravated battery deadly weapon, battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing law enforcement, three aggravated assaults, resisting arrest and carrying a concealed firearm, according to BSO.

Deputies said both men are convicted felons forbidden from possessing firearms.

Those with information about Symonette, Quintero or the criminal ring of which they are a part can call BSO Det. David Agusti at 954-202-3118, or report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online here.