Boy named person of interest in restaurant theft
AVENTURA, Fla. (WHDH) -- Police want to talk to a little boy seen on surveillance after several robberies at one South Florida restaurant.
Aventura Police want to question a little boy who they are calling a person of interest in the case where more than $950 was stolen from Mo's Bagels and Deli in Aventura. "It's very unusual to see a little boy this age, and we expect he's only between nine to 12 years old, the most, so if anyone knows who he is, we just want to talk to him, and we just want to see what he knows," said Aventura Police Detective Olga Burns.
On March 27, surveillance video captured the boy entering the restaurant, wandering around the dining area. Police said he went to an area out of cameras' view where he was confronted by an employee in the back. "He was approached by an employee, and when asked he said he was here collecting money for the church," said Burns.
About an hour later, the boy returned to the restaurant and entered an employee only area, where employees keep their purses. The area is one of the few areas where it has no surveillance cameras. "He returns later that night, comes back the same way he came in, he is seen going into the employee area where there is no cameras and then runs out," said Burns.
Restaurant owner Mo Mohammed said the $950 taken was rent money one of his employees had inside their purse. "If I didn't see with my eyes happening I would not believe it, and if you ask me now, 'Yes, I do believe it now,'" said Mohammed.
Mohammed said the child has been inside his business in the past selling candy bars to raise money he claimed was for church.
"Right now, we can't really pinpoint that he was the one that did it, but we want to talk to him," said Burns. "He is a person of interest, and we want to find out who he is and see if he can help us out with this crime."
If you have any information on this child or the theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.