Authorities are looking for a group of thieves involved in a brazen armed robbery at a tobacconist’s shop in North Miami Beach.
The robbery took place Wednesday at the Wholesale Smoke Shop at 241 Northeast 167th Street.
Surveillance footage released by North Miami Beach police on Thursday shows the three suspects exiting a dark SUV and entering a store with weapons at the ready in broad daylight.
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Police did not say what happened inside the store, but witnesses said they heard what happened.
“They took a lot of goods, at a very high price, that’s what I heard, and they took cash and pointed guns at the poor guys, they are just workers, they pointed a gun at one guy’s mouth, they hit them in the head with a gun, and they destroyed the entire back of the store,” said one woman, who requested anonymity.
Police said they are working to identify the suspects and are asking anyone with information to call them.
People in the area said they were concerned.
“It was terrible because, like I said, it was in the middle of the day, 5 p.m., light, bright light, and just knowing that five people were breaking into a gun store, pointing guns at a person’s mouth and head and hitting them for what?” said a woman who said she knew the employees. “Guys, they’re shocked, they’re really, they’re shocked, they can’t get over it, it was terrible for me, just to hear it.” .