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West Park pawn shop robbers found tables turned, doors locked, shots fired

Customers caught in crossfire during pawn shop robbery

Two robbers found hitting the Cash Inn Pawn Shop in West Park to have a greater degree of difficulty than they anticipated. Once the person manning the store locked the doors and returned fire, the two began looking for a way out. That's a problem
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Two robbers found hitting the Cash Inn Pawn Shop in West Park to have a greater degree of difficulty than they anticipated. Once the person manning the store locked the doors and returned fire, the two began looking for a way out. That's a problem

The West Park pawn shop is named Cash Inn, but it quickly turned into “get out!” for a robbery pair on May 22.

Surveillance video shows the pair entering the shop at 5948 Pembroke Rd. The bigger suspect, wearing white and described as 6-4, around 300 pounds, whipped out a silver semi-automatic weapon while the smaller suspect (5-11, 180) scurried forward with a bag for the expected loot.

The more corpulent criminal began firing away, launching the three customers toward the ground or hiding places. The Cash Inn employee on duty pulled out his own gun to fight fire with fire. Resistance was not futile; the twosome decided to leave.

That’s when the duo discovered the employee had locked the front door. Tugs and kicks failed to move the door or the metal frame in front of the glass. They then tried the side door — the portly one bounced off that portal.

As they needed to get to the back door, the twosome raced toward the opening between the caging and the jewelry counter. The taller, thicker one got himself part of the way through before physics intervened. His attempts to extricate himself found him kicking his legs like a toddler mid-tantrum. He eventually fell through. The thinner one slid through. Together, they ran out the back door and into the distance.

Besides their different sizes, the robber not holding the gun showed up in an older model Lincoln MKZ, police said.

Anyone with information on this robbery can call BSO Detective James Ramirez at 954-321-4270; Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or the website. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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