Broward County

Thieves impersonating cops tie up family and rob South Florida home, victims say


The search is on for a group of crooks who terrorized a family in their Hallandale Beach home overnight.

The search for the robbers ended up in West Park Tuesday morning. The second scene is about 5 miles away from the original home invasion scene.

Investigators reportedly used an iPhone to locate the stolen goods – leading them to the second scene at SW 47th Avenue and SW 38th Street.

Crews reportedly towed away a vehicle that looked like a police cruiser. Witnesses says that was the car that got away from the home invasion.

The home invasion occurred at Golden Isles – a gated community.

Authorities say a man, wife and their son were home when they heard a knock on the door. Apparently, three men impersonating police officers told the victims that they were conducting an investigation.

Moments later, the men forced themselves into the home and tied up the family.

“Push their way in. Push my mom on the floor. Tie them with the tie things, “said the victim’s son Pablo Castro. “The same thing with my dad and my brother. They kicked my brother and tie his feet and his arms and then they went through the house looking. They grabbed my dad and forced him to go where he had jewelry and stuff.”

“He was pretty hysterical. He was frantic and worried about his family,” said Security Guard Jerry Paskowitz. “I didn’t really get any details except that they were three guys. They had polo shirts on with Police insignias and he saw a white Ford he said looked like a police car.”

Nobody was hurt in the incident.

Anyone with information in the case is urged to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.