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Employee struck with hammer during robbery at Hialeah warehouse

Thieves ransacked victim's pockets; tried to steal safe, police say

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HIALEAH, Fla. – A man was struck with a hammer Monday morning during a robbery at a warehouse in Hialeah.

Police said two men attempted to steal a safe from a company called Wood Designs. 

As seen on surveillance video, one of the two men was wearing a Dale Earnhardt black-and-red jacket with the number 3 on it and the other was wearing a black sweater.

Police said the thieves broke into the shop using a crowbar.

Video shows one of the men threatening an employee with a gun, while the other sneaks up behind him.

"They ambushed the employee that was inside," Detective Jose Torres said. "One of the individuals produced a firearm, aimed it at the victim and demanded some cash while the second individual that came behind him struck him with a rubber hammer right over the head, knocking him down, unconscious. While the individual was on the floor, they ransacked his pockets, in search for items to take."

In addition to trying to rob the employee, the crooks also tried to steal a safe from inside the office but got spooked and took off in a black pickup truck. 

Police are hoping someone recognizes the thieves and can help identify them.

Anyone with information about their identities is asked to call Hialeah police or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

About the Author:

Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.