Robber poses as UPS worker, steals about $1 million worth of jewelry from Miami store

Thief pistol-whips owner, binds him at hands, feet, police say

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

MIAMI - An armed robber posed as a UPS worker last month and stole about $1 million worth of jewelry from a store in Miami, authorities said.

The robbery was reported just after 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at Time Boutique Jewelers Inc., located at 24 N.E. First St.

According to detectives, the business owner said he was preparing to close for the day when he saw a man at the door who was holding a box and appeared to be dressed as a UPS worker.

Police said the owner buzzed the man in, at which time the robber placed the box on the counter, pointed a gun at the victim and demanded that he walk to the back of the store and open the safe.

The owner told police the safe contained about $1 million worth of jewelry.

According to authorities, the robber ordered the victim to lie on the ground, at which point he struck the victim over the head with the gun.

"He hit me like two or three times on my head and I said, 'Just calm down. There's no need for this,'" Abdo Mazloum said. 

Authorities said the robber then tied Mazloum's hands and feet together and placed tape over his mouth. 

"First, it's a shock," Mazloum said. "You don't understand what happened at first. Then, the next two days you ask yourself, 'Why me?'"

Police said the robber searched for valuables around the store before leaving.

Miami Fire Rescue officials treated Mazloum at the scene.

"I want to see justice served. I want him to get what he deserves," Mazloum said. "I hope this never happens to nobody."

Anyone with information about the armed robbery is asked to call the Miami Police Department at 305-603-6370 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477. Anonymous tipsters who contact Crime Stoppers are eligible for a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to an arrest. 

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