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Couple claims they have guns, gas bombs during robberies

Pair caught on surveillance in 3 cities over 3 days

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Authorities in Broward County are searching for a pair of robbers who have threatened to set restaurant and gas station employees on fire with what they described as "gas bombs."

Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Gina Carter said the couple has been captured on security cameras in three cities in just three days.

The first robbery was reported about 6 a.m. Sunday at a Denny's at 911 E. Commercial Blvd. in Oakland Park.

Carter said the cashier noticed that the couple smelled of gas fumes and asked if they had been fixing cars. She said the couple ignored the question and asked for change for a $10 bill.

The man then told the cashier, "I need something you're not going to like. I need the money out of the register," Carter said.

According to authorities, the man showed the employee a squirt-top water bottle filled with gasoline and a lighter. He then told the cashier to hurry up or he would set her on fire.

The woman gave the couple the money from the register and the robbers ran off, Carter said.

The second robbery was reported just before 10 p.m. the same day at another Denny's restaurant at 1025 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd. in Hallandale Beach.

According to Carter, the woman handed an employee a note that the man passed her that read, "Really sorry, empty the register as quickly and calmly as possible. We have guns and gas bombs. Quickly."

The final robbery was reported about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at a 7-Eleven in Dania Beach.

Authorities said the woman stole several items from the convenience store and ran off.

Anyone with information about the identities of the robbers is asked to call Detective Mark Copley at 954-321-4270 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.


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