Thieves steal 7 vehicles from Pompano Beach dealership, owner says

Video shows thieves driving stolen SUV through fence on property

By Roy Ramos - Reporter, Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - Broward Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for a group of young thieves who broke into a car dealership over the weekend in Pompano Beach.

The incident happened Sunday night at Ducas Auto Sales at 1550 N. Andrews Ave.

The thieves were captured on surveillance video making their way into the sales office, going through desks and stealing car keys.

Business owner Andre Silva told Local 10 News that five people broke into his business, stole a Buick SUV and then used it to smash through a fence on the property to steal six more vehicles.

Silva said all of the vehicles were recovered in less than 24 hours, but some of them sustained damage, which is going to cost him about $30,000.

"We've been working so hard, you know? It's not easy to get money like people think it is, and to see somebody inside my building doing everything that they want to do is just -- it's amazing," Silva said.

Silva said deputies have detained a few of the suspects, but some remain at large. He said his message to the group is to "stay in school."

BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter confirmed Thursday that authorities have arrested five juveniles, ranging in age from 13 to 15. 

Each teen faces seven counts of grand theft auto, one count of burglary and one count of grand theft.

Carter said deputies are searching for a man who they said was the mastermind behind the theft of the vehicles. 

Anyone with information about the rest of the thieves' identities is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 
 

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