Men steal $100K worth of TVs from Fort Lauderdale warehouse

Thieves use sledgehammer to gain access to EC Detailing and IAVI, Inc.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Two men were captured on surveillance video before stealing nearly $100,000 worth of commercial-grade televisions from a Fort Lauderdale warehouse, detectives said Tuesday.

Surveillance video outside IAVI, Inc. at 966 Northwest 51st Place, appears to show two men walking outside the electronics warehouse at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Detectives say the men gained entry into the adjacent auto repair business, EC Detailing, by knocking out the bottom metal shutter of its garage door and opening it.

The thieves reportedly used a sledgehammer to knock out a 4-foot by 3-foot hole in both concrete walls between EC Detailing and IAVI, Inc.

Detectives believe the men passed the televisions through the hole from IAVI to a waiting van they parked inside EC Detailing.

"They made off like bandits," said manager Michael Arencibia.

Arencibia said the crooks stole about 85 commercial-grade televisions worth nearly $100,000.

When the alarm was activated at approximately 2 a.m. and police were called to the scene, the men had already left. Because there was no visible damage to the outside of either business, Arencibia said no one realized the warehouse had been broken into until Monday, when employees saw the hole in the interior wall and multiple television boxes missing.

Detectives are urging anyone with information to come forward. IAVI is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest.