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Written by Derek McCann, BT Contributor   
April 2019

policeman_stopThey Keep Coming Back

7400 Block of NE 4th Court

Police were dispatched to a business after an alarm was set off. They found the front door open, its lock picked. The K9 unit responded and sniffed away and cleared the building, but found no evidence of anyone being inside. There is no video surveillance, and no witnesses. This is the second time in a week that this business was burglarized, with nothing taken or damaged. Strange. Will this joy ride continue?


Looks Like a Ninja Attack!

700 Block of NE 29th Street

A tenant was leaving his apartment and thought something was amiss -- it was. He looked up and saw suspect No. 1 on his balcony, and suspect No. 2 right below. A third man stood in the parking lot, screaming at them. The tenant was understandably frazzled, and more so when the first suspect on the highest balcony began balcony diving downward, as did the other suspect. All three then got into a waiting four-door car. This happened quickly. They had entered via the sliding-glass door and ransacked the apartment before leaving, never to be seen again.


A Drain on the System

6300 Block of NE 2nd Avenue

At one of our wonderful parks that capture the natural splendor of our city, and provides soccer fields to kids’ teams, a mystery thief had his way well after dark. The park is patrolled by park rangers, but likely not at night, as it closes at 10:00 p.m. During the night, a person cut a hole through a wire fence and entered the property. He damaged, stole, and stripped copper wires from the entire park. The electricity was disconnected, and the meter room door locks were damaged. A large bolt cutter was found on the scene. It was an ugly scene and, apparently, not a single witness.


After a Long Workday, You Come Home to This?

4500 Block of N. Miami Avenue

Arriving home from work, our horrified victim found a scene similar to a war zone. Windows were shattered, an FPL box destroyed, window air-conditioning units were missing, door locks and chains damaged, and personal items were left outside. It’s doubtful this was due to a sonic boom, as no nearby homes suffered the same fate. The fact that this happened in broad daylight is disconcerting, and again there are no leads.


He Knows, He’s Not Saying

300 Block of NE 80th Terrace

After securing his apartment for the night and then heading out, this tenant returned the next morning at 6:00. Everything was fine, and he even had breakfast before falling asleep. However, when he woke up, he found out he hasn’t been alone during his slumber. His wallet and laptop were missing. There was no sign of forced entry. The victim told officers that an unknown person had a key to his apartment and entered. We guess the unknown is an ex-girlfriend and that it ended badly, but not so badly that he’d rat on her. There may still be a chance.


Thievery à la Carte

5200 Block of NE 5th Avenue

Our criminals sometimes just need to take what is immediately available to them, whether they’ve had a prior stakeout or not. Offenders in this incident entered the property and took a boat motor (perhaps for their own expensive craft?) and a lawnmower. After taking the items, there was a break-in to the car, its windows smashed, glass all over the seats. The thieves didn’t steal the car, but they took a pair of sunglasses and a tire inflator -- a very practical item to have. And who doesn’t want sunglasses in Miami? The victim has no idea who could have committed these acts.


Outrun and Outta Luck

1000 Block of NE 81st Street

Sometimes the victim just won’t have it. In this scenario, a man appeared in the victim’s Shorecrest backyard. Alerted by both his neighbor and wife, he banged on a window to startle the intruder but was ignored. The suspect then went for the victim’s scooter. Our victim ran out armed with a machete, which caused the perp to run as the victim gave chase. As he got closer, the suspect pulled something out of his pocket but the victim took his machete and knocked it out of his hand, and then tackled him as his wife called police. The man was finally able to wiggle away but police nabbed him a short time later after a positive ID by the victim. Don’t mess with this guy, folks.


Boulevard Motel Shenanigans

7700 Block of Biscayne Boulevard

This motel guest misplaces her room key frequently, almost on a daily basis. When coming back to her room on this day, she found it ransacked and burglarized. She called police and, during their investigation, became upset and started to scream at another motel guest. “When I find out who did this, I’m going to shoot bullet holes in them!” she yelled -- in front of police. The other guest was given a case card after she ran back to her room. The unstable victim was not arrested, but she needs to keep that key where she can’t lose it. It is Biscayne Boulevard, so nothing is abnormal.


Miami Gothic

600 Block of NE 67th Street

Our man was living at a rooming house and had had no issues since he’d moved in. But on this day, he found the windows to his room obliterated, and blood all over the walls and on his bed, like a Martin Scorsese film. Amid this bloody scene, he found that his Google Chromebook was missing. Why he’d leave it exposed in a rooming house is a comment on naiveté or worse. The blood led to the homicide department being notified.


Some Just Don’t Appreciate the Finer Things

800 Block of Biscayne Boulevard

If you rent out an apartment, furnished or not, perhaps you should think about removing those valuable knickknacks that class up the place. This tenant stopped paying rent for three months, which demonstrates a kindly landlord who didn’t start the eviction proceedings immediately. Or perhaps he just hates confrontation. What he found upon entry (the tenant had advised him that he was out of the country) were boxes of items. Electricity was off, but a giant heavy sculpture was now in little pieces in a box as if it was dropped, maybe by a moving company, as it weighed hundreds of pounds. There’s no piecing this together.

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