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Biscayne Crime Beat November PDF Print E-mail
Written by Derek McCann, BT Contributor   
November 2018



Hotel Stay from Hell

100 Block of Biscayne Boulevard

Being away from home on vacation usually means you’re staying in a hotel and sleeping in a strange bed. It can be a pleasant experience. In this scenario, though, a couple left their hotel room early in the morning and made sure the room was properly secured. When they returned that evening, they found that the room had been ransacked, with their luggage torn open and valuables missing. There are no leads and it’s not known if there’s video of the incident. No room service tonight.


Don’t Palm the Alms

6400 Block of NE 2nd Avenue

Some criminals have a code, some line they just won’t cross. Not one guy. In this incident, a neighbor across the street saw a man with a crowbar forcing open the front door of a church. The guy managed to get in and started to turn on the lights inside the church. Was he looking for the Bible study room? No way. The only thing he studied was the offering box, as all the money was taken. The thief made his escape before police arrived.


Just the Essentials

2400 Block of Biscayne Boulevard

A mystery man threw a rock at the window of this grocery store after hours. Then he entered the business via the broken window. He immediately went to work and took several cartons of cigarettes, lottery tickets, and cash from the register. There is video surveillance of his activity. Here’s to hoping he gets apprehended before going into that second carton.


Clothes and the Man

6100 Block of NE 4th Court

A man was washing his clothes at a Laundromat. It’s tough, we know, when you don’t have your own washer and dryer. He made it through the wash cycle and then transferred the clothes to the dryer before stepping outside. When he returned, his dryer was empty. He’s likely hating the thought that someone right now is wearing his tighty-whities.


The Purse and the Desk Clerk

5900 Block of Biscayne Boulevard

This woman was checking out of a motel and realized she’d forgotten something in her room. She asked the front desk clerk to watch her purse, which seems like a simple instruction, doesn’t it? After she returned to the front desk, her purse was gone. The desk clerk said she had no idea who took the purse, even though she’d been tasked with watching it. The motel advised the woman that it’s not responsible for customers’ items. This means, of course, don’t ever trust the desk clerk.


An Odd Way of Giving Back

2700 Block of N. Miami Avenue

A homeless man known in the local area went into a restaurant and right up to the tip jar. Rather than take the whole jar, as happens in other reports, he reached inside and took just seven dollars. He walked out, although an employee followed him and asked him to return the money. The man returned inside and put one dollar back in the tip jar, hoping his generous contribution would negate the theft. He then left the scene


Amazon Gives and Somebody Takes

20 Block of NE 51st Street

A woman ordered four pairs of Nike tennis shoes. She received a text notification that they’d been delivered, but when she arrived home there was no package. She looked though her surveillance video and saw that the packages were left indeed on her front porch. Come on, people, this is Miami! A man in a hoodie was seen taking the packages. His face was obscured by the hoodie, and there is no way to identify him. Maybe it’s time for a return to good old-fashioned brick-and-mortar.


He Knows What He Wants

6600 Block of Biscayne Boulevard

Sometimes a thief doesn’t have to be a clandestine Jedi Master. This man walked into a restaurant and, completely unimpeded, went for the cooler and removed three bottles of wine. He then walked out without incident. It was a quick and rather painless heist (for him anyway).


A Plea for Compassion

200 Block of Biscayne Boulevard

In a CVS, a man carrying a canvas bag began loading it with items: shampoos, conditioners, and other lotions. Hey, even petty thieves want to look and smell good. The store manager stopped him and asked what he was doing and whether he was going to pay for the items. To this the man pleaded, “I do not want to go to jail.” The manager may have been taken aback by this and let him go in the hope he’d pay for his items. The man headed for the cash register with his bag but veered off and ran away.


Getting Too Old for this Stuff

100 Block of NE 2nd Avenue

At a gas station a man likely in his late 50s walked to the back of the store and removed a 12-pack of Corona from the cooler. He then walked back out of the store with no attempt to pay. He did this walking slowly in and out, demonstrating to young thugs that age is just a number when it comes to good beer.


Broke WWE Fan

3500 Block of N. Miami Avenue

At Target a man ventured to the toy section and began feverishly touching and holding a package. He was trying to open it -- as we know, some of those toy packages can be really hard to open. The man was going for a Roman Reigns wrestler doll. He then dropped the package, put Roman in his pocket, and left the store. No other WWE wrestlers were taken.


Stupid Is As Stupid Does

100 Block of NE 79th Street

A woman parked her vehicle before going into the building where she works. She later admitted to police that she can’t lock her car because the key remote is broken, but she left her purse inside vehicle anyway. When coming back for a lunch break, she saw that her purse was gone and that random papers had been strewn about the car. Report mentions how the kindly officers gave the woman information on how to properly secure her vehicle.


Invest in Better Security

2500 Block of Biscayne Boulevard

This man returned to his apartment and saw that his front door had been forced open. The apartment was ransacked, and items were stolen. When he filled out his continuation sheet for police, he listed all the items, to the tune of $50,000. He has had no luck getting anything returned, but with valuables just lying around like that, how about spending some bucks for a better lock on the door?


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