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Would-be thief chooses wrong time, wrong place

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Christopher Black.
Christopher Black.

March 03–A man picked the wrong time to try to rob a Pompano Beach check-cashing store — when a Broward sheriff’s detective was inside.

As the robber held up the Amscot store Wednesday, an employee alerted the detective who was in the store’s back office working on an unrelated case, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office said the robber, later identified as Christopher Black, 29, had entered the store at 297 SW 26th Ave., then handed a note to the teller that read: “I have a gun give $5,000. No alarms No GPS tracking I will check. Move fast or I’ll start shooting people.

The detective called for backup and followed Black as he left the store without the cash. Black tried hiding from the arriving deputies at a nearby Walmart, but was captured there. He was not armed.

“The detective’s quick actions, including relaying Black’s doomed escape to responding deputies, was critical in taking him into custody,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

Black is facing a charge of robbery without a firearm and resisting an officer without violence.

He is being held at the Broward Main Jail.

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