On October 10, 2017, at approximately 5:15 pm, a BMW X1 was stolen from the U.S. Post Office located at 5094 Coconut Creek Parkway in Margate. The driver left the vehicle running and unattended at the location leaving a nine month old child inside. The vehicle was stolen with the child inside. Margate Police Officers and Detectives began an extensive search with the assistance of the Broward Sheriff’s Office – North Lauderdale District, BSO Aviation Unit and the Coconut Creek Police Department. Through an extensive investigation, the child was located in the vehicle at an apartment complex in North Lauderdale. The child was uninjured and in good health.
Margate Detectives continued the search for the suspect, and within a few hours, had the subject identified. The detectives worked with the State Attorney’s Office and secured an Arrest Warrant for the subject. At approximately 12:30 am, the subject was taken into custody without incident at his home.
We would like to thank the South Florida media for their rapid coverage of this incident. The coverage led to the identification of key witnesses who viewed the story through various media outlets. The witnesses were instrumental in locating the vehicle with the child in it and in identifying the suspect.
*Officer Andrew Hammock is holding the child after being recovered unharmed*