For nearly an hour, he looked like a shopper loading his cart with an estimated $2,300 worth of home and garden wares at a Lowe’s in , but the would-be thief left empty-handed when confronted by a store security guard, the ’s Office said.
Now detectives are looking for him.
Surveillance videos show him entering the hardware store at 1001 W. Oakland Park Blvd. through the garden section about 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 and walking the aisles grabbing items off the shelves and putting them in a cart.
He leaves and returns to the store several times wearing different clothing in an apparent attempt to change his appearance, detectives said.
Eventually, the man puts the loaded shopping cart near an emergency exit door and tries to leave — but the door alarm sounds and the store’s loss prevention specialist approaches him, investigators said.
According to the employee, the suspicious man lifted his shirt and showed a handgun in his waistband. He left after being told to do so by the security worker.
The man being sought is described as being nearly 6-feet tall, roughly 180 pounds and — during the incident — was wearing jeans, dark-colored shoes, a white T-shirt and then a dark T-shirt after changing.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to call Detective Robert Sokol at or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at or go online to . Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.
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