Thief takes off with $60,000 gold chain from Oakland Park store

Man left behind ID of another person, deputies say

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

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. - Broward Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for a man who was captured on surveillance video stealing a $60,000 gold chain from a vendor at the Oakland Park Flea Market.

The theft was reported just before noon Dec. 17 at Rambo Jewelry at 3161 W. Oakland Park Blvd.

The video shows the store owner showing the thief the necklace, which had a large San Lazaro charm, before allowing him to try it on.

Deputies said the young man ran off with the necklace, heading south through the parking lot of the flea market.

"When he want to see the big piece, I wasn't really comfortable, but then he showed me the ID and I was comfortable, and then he took off," store owner Eli Chlvany told Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol. 

Chlvany said he tried to stop the crook, but he ran out of the store.

"This showcase is on wheels, so I tried to push it and block him," he said.

Chlvany said the thief dodged the showcase and sprinted out of the business. A security guard also chased the man, but couldn't catch him.  

Deputies said the thief left behind the identification of another person.

"Now I'm not going to show heavy stuff anymore," Chlvany said. "I'm going to stand from here. You want to see it? There you go."

Anyone with information about the thief's identity is asked to call Detective Eric Versteeg at 954-202-3131 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 

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