Two women had their cars stolen at gunpoint in two separate incidents in the same Pembroke Pines neighborhood within a day of each other.
Now Pembroke Pines police say the armed carjackings are likely related and detectives are looking for the three men responsible.
“We are asking residents to remain cautious as we continue to actively investigate these incidents,” police said in a news release Monday night.
The first incident happened at about 9 p.m. Dec. 13 at 465 SW 86th Ave. in the Windmill Lakes community parking lot.
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According to an incident report, Angela Nunez was sitting in her Toyota Corolla with both her driver’s and passenger’s side windows down when two men approached her car, one on either side, police said.
“She advised that she saw the passenger side suspect first and saw that he had the gun pointing at her,” an officer wrote in the report.
The men told her to get out of the car and not to say anything. She then saw them drive away in her car.
The next day, at about 11:30, Mercedes Mercano had just parked her Hyundai Sonata in her assigned spot in the Windmill Lakes community, when she began gathering her things to exit the car.
Before she could, police said, a man with a gun entered through the passenger door. Another man with a gun, came on the driver’s side and ordered her out, police said.
The women were not injured in either incident and the cars had not been located as of Monday, police said.
Police are asking residents for help in locating the men.
“Always be aware of your surroundings when you are entering or exiting your vehicle, and be on the lookout for suspicious persons that may be loitering in the area before you park,” the department said in a release.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 954-431-2200 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).