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Box-wearing thief drops disguise long enough to reveal face, helping lead to arrest


This bone-headed move landed this box-wearing thief in criminal trouble.

A robbery suspect was caught on surveillance video wearing a cardboard box over his head while allegedly stealing phones from a Florida store — but he briefly removed the ill-fitting, ad-hoc mask just long enough for his disguise to be dropped, according to a report.

The owner of Irepair Tech, located in Miami Gardens, shared footage with NBC 6 of the bizarre break-in carried out around 4 a.m. Saturday.

The footage shows the unidentified man smashing glass displays and swiping phones while sporting the box in an apparent attempt to conceal his face.


He briefly removed the box cover from his head at one point as he rummaged through the store’s merchandise

The crook accidentally revealed his face during the robbery.
The crook accidentally revealed his face during the robbery.
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Store owner Jeremias Berganza told NBC 6 the man stole 19 iPhones and $8,000 in cash.

Berganza said that after he saw the man’s face, he began to look around the plaza where his cell phone repair business is located and asked others to let him know if they saw the suspect.

Eventually, the alleged thief was found in the same plaza drinking with buddies at a nearby liquor store, leading to his arrest by Miami Gardens police later that day, according to the outlet.

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Authorities have not released the suspect’s name or more information about the robbery. 

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