Fire­works used for jewelry heist

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - Doug Phillips

Shop­pers scram­bled for safety Sun­day at the large Dade­land Mall in Mi­ami-Dade when they heard fire­works that sounded a lot like gun­fire.

The tac­tic has be­come a pop­u­lar tool for dis­trac­tion thieves across the state.

In this case Mi­ami-Dade po­lice say it led to a “grand theft” at the May­ors Jewel­ers in­side the sprawl­ing mall at 7535 N. Ken­dall. Dr.

It was about 6:30 p.m. when a man went into the jewelry store and asked an em­ployee to show him an ex­pen­sive watch, po­lice said.

“Once the sub­ject had the watch in his pos­ses­sion, an un­known per­son set off fire­works in the vicin­ity of the store,” said Mi­ami-Dade Po­lice De­tec­tive Argemis Colome. The thief used the dis­trac­tion to take off with the watch, Colome said.

As shop­pers ran from the area there were some mi­nor in­juries, po­lice said. None of the in­juries were re­lated to the fire­works.

Po­lice did not pro­vide a de­scrip­tion of the watch that was stolen or in­di­cate its worth.

This is at least the third time in re­cent months that fire­works were used in Florida to cause a panic among shop­pers so thieves could make a get­away.

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