The workweek at Shell Lumber & Hardware began Monday with an armed robbery 90 minutes before opening. Miami police say the criminals made off with $11,000 cash.
General manager John Ruark was at his desk around 5:30 a.m. when the robbers burst into the office, police said. Enforcing their wishes with handguns, they made Ruark go into a back room and open the safe. Then they tied him up in the office.
The robbers left the store, 2733 SW 27th Ave., in a white four-door Nissan or Hyundai.
Tips and information can be sent to the Miami Police Department’s Robbery Unit at 305-603-6370. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).