Robber targets elderly women in Pompano Beach, deputies say

Thief gets away with purse, shopping bag

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Ian Margol - Reporter

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - The Broward Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who they said robbed at least two elderly women in Pompano Beach.

According to authorities, the first woman, who is 78, was about to enter her home about 1:30 p.m. May 10 in the 400 block of Northeast Second Street after a trip to the grocery store when a man approached her and said: "Give me your purse."

Deputies said the man yanked the purse so violently from the woman's shoulder that she fell and suffered a broken clavicle, and bruises and abrasions on her hands, knees and ankles.

The second robbery was captured on surveillance video shortly before 2 p.m. May 11 in the 2300 block of South Cypress Bend Drive.

Deputies said the same robber followed an 85-year-old woman  into an elevator and snatched a drugstore shopping bag from the woman's arm.

"He says, 'Give me your money.' I said, 'I don't have any.' And I didn't, and I wouldn't have given it to him if I had any," the woman told Local 10 News.

The victim said the thief grabbed the yellow bag off of her walker. She said he took off running when the elevator door opened and he saw two repairmen in the hallway.

"Now I walk around and I'm turning around every five seconds," the woman said.

Authorities said the man got away with books and magazines.

Detectives said the women and a witness to the first robbery gave similar descriptions of the man, describing him as a tall, thin man, who wore an orange shirt with a broad white stripe and shorts.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Detective Victor Carrasquillo at 954-321-4208. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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