Burglar Posed as FPL Worker: Miami Beach Police

Police release sketch of suspect who posed as FPL worker in Miami Beach burglary

By Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012  |  Updated 10:56 AM EDT
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Miami Beach Police released a sketch of a suspect they say posed as an FPL worker in a burglary last month.

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Police are looking for a burglary suspect who posed as a Florida Power and Light worker to break into an elderly woman's Miami Beach home.

The incident happened on Oct. 12 at the 82-year-old woman's home in the 5300 block of Alton Road, according to a Miami Beach Police report released Wednesday.

According to the report, the suspect knocked on the door and told the woman's housekeeper he worked for FPL and needed to check the power lines in the back yard.

The suspect walked to the rear of the home and the housekeeper walked out the rear door, the report said.

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When the suspect started talking on his radio, the housekeeper felt something was wrong and went back inside and locked the rear door. While inside, she heard noises and noticed the front door was unlocked and slightly ajar.

At that point, the housekeeper looked out the front door and saw the suspect driving away in a car, the report said.

The housekeeper went back inside and found a pillowcase containing several pieces of silverware on the dining room floor. She called police and the home owner, who wasn't home at the time, also came back and discovered pry marks on her locked bedroom closet door.

She also discovered that the pillowcase had been taken from her bed. They were unable to determine if any property was taken, the report said.

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Police released a sketch of the suspect and described him as in his early to mid 20s, 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-4, 130-135 pounds who was either Italian or Spanish. He had a tattoo on his upper left arm and wore silver framed prescription glasses.

Detectives are also looking for an unidentified suspect who helped him, police said. Both suspects fled the area in an older model, four-door maroon vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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