Broward County

Watch as a trio distracts a jeweler to steal a cross right in front of him

Smooth talking and fast hands are how a trio of robbers made away with stolen jewelry, but they weren’t fast enough: One of them was caught on camera stealing from the Broward jeweler who was right in front of him.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office released video showing a trio of bandits using distraction techniques to steal the jewelry from the Oakland Park Flea Market. Now Oakland Park detectives are asking for help locating the three suspects.

The three suspects approached Zeina Jewelry at the Oakland Park Flea Market and began looking at items around 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 8, deputies said.

While the two woman spoke with the employee, the male suspect used sleight of hand to steal a cross from the jewelry box. After taking it, video shows him examining the cross and putting it in his pocket.

The three then agreed to buy a piece of jewelry but left the booth to get money from an ATM. They never returned.

Three days later, the owner realized the theft and reported it to BSO, deputies said.

Anyone with information should call Oakland Park Detective Joshua Kessler at 954-202-3117 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Miami Herald Real Time Reporter Devoun Cetoute covers breaking news, Florida theme parks and general assignment. He attends the University of Florida and grew up in Miami. Theme parks are on his mind in and out of the office.