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Fort Lauderdale, FL - iPhone Sale Turns Into Major Heist As Thieves Steal Electronics And Tefillin From Jewish Teen In Florida

Published on: December 18, 2016 12:12 PM
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Aharon Cohen (r) is pistol whipped as an armed robber takes over the place where he is working.Aharon Cohen (r) is pistol whipped as an armed robber takes over the place where he is working.

Fort Lauderdale, FL - A South Florida teen who hoped to sell his iPhone through a mobile app instead bought himself a boatload of trouble as he found himself the victim of an armed robbery.

16 year old Aharon Cohen placed a listing to sell his iPhone on Offer Up, a popular mobile app.  Ironically, Offer Up describes itself as a “trusted community,” where users have an extra layer of safety by being able to find out more about buyers and sellers before engaging in any transactions.

According to CBS Miami, Cohen agreed to meet with a buyer for his iPhone on the evening of December 14th outside a Dania Beach warehouse where he works as a part time employee for a company selling electronics on Amazon.  But after discussing the sale with the supposed buyer for several minutes Cohen, a Broward County resident, suddenly found himself facing a gun.

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Below video: Surveillance of the entire event as it unfolds.

As the gunman forced Cohen into the warehouse, located at 2599 Griffin Road, an accomplice appeared and the two men spent approximately 10 minutes searching the warehouse, grabbing box after box of valuable electronics, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.  One of the gunmen kept his weapon aimed at Cohen the entire time.

Cohen and the men loaded the boxes into the gunman’s vehicle, an older model four door white sedan, which may have been a Dodge Stratus.  Surveillance video showed the car as having a loose front bumper and missing hubcaps.  The two men took Cohen’s tefillin, iPhone, wallet and shirt with them before fleeing the scene in their vehicle.

Deborah Markus, who runs the business, said that the robbers fled with more than 40 items, including thousands of dollars worth of phones, tablets and cameras. Markus said that she suspects that the robbery may have been planned in advance.  Cohen has been too traumatized to return to work since the incident took place, said Markus.

Surveillance video inside the warehouse captured clear footage of one of the gunmen, a black man, with medium build, brown eyes and short hair and appears to be in his 20s.

At the time of the robbery he was wearing a black Yankees cap with gold embroidery, a black long sleeved t-shirt with white and gold logos and designs, khaki shorts and black sandals and socks. 

The second robber kept his face covered with a black cloth throughout the heist but is described as a heavyset black man wearing a white long sleeved shirt topped with a black tank top, a black and grey baseball cap, jeans, black gloves and sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO at 954-321-4738. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.



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 Dec 18, 2016 at 12:37 PM Anonymous Says:

BLACK LIVES MATTER! How dare you post news like this

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 Dec 18, 2016 at 01:13 PM Anonymous Says:

How stupid to meet two black guys at night, in a back dark alley, to sell a smartphone!!!! and if that's not enough... bring them inside... and your alone.....sometimes u need to use ur BRAINS!!!

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 Dec 18, 2016 at 01:32 PM Anonymous Says:

To #1 and #2- The robbers are misunderstood, as they are deprived inner city youth, who were not given the opportunity for a decent education, and were victims of racism their entire life. Therefore, they should not be blamed for trying to earn a decent living. We should feel some compassion for them, since they were raised in a single parent family, and had it rough their entire lives. We should thank them for not physically harming the victim in this case.

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 Dec 18, 2016 at 04:13 PM dmmd25 Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

To #1 and #2- The robbers are misunderstood, as they are deprived inner city youth, who were not given the opportunity for a decent education, and were victims of racism their entire life. Therefore, they should not be blamed for trying to earn a decent living. We should feel some compassion for them, since they were raised in a single parent family, and had it rough their entire lives. We should thank them for not physically harming the victim in this case.

There is no country in the world that does not have poor people but they are not thieves. Poverty is helped by getting a job, not be excusing their lawlessness. You are aiding the criminal Do not condone anti-social behavior.

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 Dec 18, 2016 at 04:26 PM boobi Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

To #1 and #2- The robbers are misunderstood, as they are deprived inner city youth, who were not given the opportunity for a decent education, and were victims of racism their entire life. Therefore, they should not be blamed for trying to earn a decent living. We should feel some compassion for them, since they were raised in a single parent family, and had it rough their entire lives. We should thank them for not physically harming the victim in this case.

You cannot be serious

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 Dec 18, 2016 at 06:50 PM Curiosity Says:

#4 is clearly being facetious while using the brainless excuses that leftists make for criminals such as these.


If Obama had a son...

Hope these guys get caught and locked up for a long, long, LONG time.

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 Dec 18, 2016 at 11:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

To #1 and #2- The robbers are misunderstood, as they are deprived inner city youth, who were not given the opportunity for a decent education, and were victims of racism their entire life. Therefore, they should not be blamed for trying to earn a decent living. We should feel some compassion for them, since they were raised in a single parent family, and had it rough their entire lives. We should thank them for not physically harming the victim in this case.

Are you being sarcastic?

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 Dec 19, 2016 at 12:03 AM Anonymous Says:

Looks like it was all staged, possibly, for whatever reason?

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 Dec 19, 2016 at 05:33 AM SammyPos Says:

Why his shirt?!

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 Dec 19, 2016 at 07:41 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
dmmd25 Says:

There is no country in the world that does not have poor people but they are not thieves. Poverty is helped by getting a job, not be excusing their lawlessness. You are aiding the criminal Do not condone anti-social behavior.

Can u read or can u read? The guy was poking fun...do u not see that?

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 Dec 19, 2016 at 09:11 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

To #1 and #2- The robbers are misunderstood, as they are deprived inner city youth, who were not given the opportunity for a decent education, and were victims of racism their entire life. Therefore, they should not be blamed for trying to earn a decent living. We should feel some compassion for them, since they were raised in a single parent family, and had it rough their entire lives. We should thank them for not physically harming the victim in this case.

I don't if you are for real or being subtly sarcastic....

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 Dec 19, 2016 at 06:32 PM SammyPos Says:

And by the looks of things, the gun was unnecessary!

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