Link between deputy's murder and robberies?

Deputy Chris Reyka of Wellington
Deputy Chris Reyka of Wellington

Reporter: Lindsay Cohen

An unsolved murder, an unclaimed reward, and, now, news that the man who may have killed a local sheriff's deputy could already be behind bars.

The search warrant explains it all. We've seen this man's face before in connection to crimes that have striking similarities to the murder of Deputy Chris Reyka of Wellington.

Thirty-four-year-old Timothy Johnson was picked up and charged in connection with the drugstore robberies in Broward and Palm Beach Counties back in December.

Now, the hunt is on for the weapon that might link Johnson or one of his associates to Reyka's murder.

This is how it could all be connected: A search warrant shows that four handguns were stored in Johnson's brother's apartment in the 2000 block of northwest 9th Street in Pompano Beach. But that's where it gets a little complicated.

Johnson's brother led police to a canal on New Year's Eve where they found three of the four guns. The question: How did they get there?

The search warrant also shows that Johnson's sister paid $100 to a man to throw the guns out because, she believed, police knew her brother, Timothy, had killed Reyka, and she wanted to protect her sibling.

So far, three of the guns have been recovered, but none have been linked to the murder. Police say they've fielded nearly 3,000 leads in this case. A reward remains at more than $250,000.

Meantime, Reyka's widow had no comment for us.

The Broward Sheriff's office says Fox's America's Most Wanted is taping a segment to help them find Sergeant Chris Reyka's killer. The episode is expected to air Saturday, March 1 at 9 PM.