Police are investigating after thieves stole a safe filled with tens of thousands of dollars from a Miami restaurant Monday morning.
The burglary happened at Caribe Cafe at 7173 W. Flagler Street, police said. Owner Juan Alvarado said the break-in happened sometime after midnight but wasn't discovered until 4 a.m.
According to Alvarado, the thieves broke into a neighboring business and went through the wall to get into the cafe. Once inside, they stole the safe that contained around $35,000, Alvarado said.
The thieves also made off with the restaurant's surveillance system.
"It appears that they were quite clever, they took their time and they went precisely to the spot where the office that holds the safe and all the camera equipment was stored," Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said, adding that the thieves were able to unbolt the safe from the floor.
Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said the thieves left behind some belongings but she didn't give further details.
She said the store has been burglarized in the past but those were petty thefts and nothing compared to the latest break-in.
"What we see here today is the work of someone that possibly knew the steps to take before they actually made their move and broke in," Reyes said.
The burglary is being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.