A man with "I'm Me" tattooed on his forehead is suspected of stealing iPhones from at least 19 stores across South Florida during the past two months, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
When authorities find Joseph Eric Williams, 19, he will face at least 19 counts of grand theft in a spree that began Aug. 20 and targeted AT&T stores from Miami to Wellington, the sheriff's office said.
Each heist involved a thief entering a store, approaching the display area for iPhones and pulling hard enough on one or two phones to dislodge them from security cables. With iPhones in hand, he runs away.
But the man's tattoo has stood out for witnesses.
It's a great help when suspects "put stupid things on their face and make it easier to identify them," said Jim Leljedal, a spokesman for the Broward Sheriff's Office.
At least four of the thefts occurred in Tamarac and Deerfield Beach, the sheriff's office said. The thief went for the iPhones each valued at about $600, the pricier models with more memory.
Aside from "I'm Me" on his forehead, Williams also has a money bag and a tear drop tattooed on his face. He is about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs about 150 pounds and has mid-length dreadlocks. His last known address was in Miami Gardens.
Anyone with information about Williams can call Sheriff's Detective Scott Nida at 954-480-4316 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-8477. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered.
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