Four suspects were caught trying to steal air conditioning units from Nova Southeastern University's North Miami Beach Campus overnight, police said. Neighbor William Villalobos, North Miami Beach Police Sgt. Richard Rand and contractor Wayne Hanson spoke about the incident.
A metal theft suspect accused of stealing a pipe from a Miami warehouse last week has been detained, authorities told the theft victim. The development came on the same day that a Miami-Dade task force met to evaluate what more could be done in the county's metal theft battle. Steve Isicoff of ABC Svinga Brothers Corp. and Miami-Dade Police Lt. Denise Bernhard spoke about the issue.
A group of thieves was caught attempting to steal air conditioning units from Nova Southeastern University's North Miami Beach Campus overnight, police said.
William Villalobos said his backyard became an escape route for the metal thieves, who broke his fence trying to run away from police.
“I've been here, living here for 10 years, and nothing like that happened. And actually last night we heard the dogs, they were barking,” he said Thursday.
Police said they responded to the campus at NE 170th Street and 18th Avenue after reports of a robbery and caught the theft in progress. One suspect was actually bitten by a police dog as he tried to escape and had to be taken to the hospital, police said.
“A perimeter was set up in the area and four of the subjects were taken into custody along with two vehicles that we believe were used in the commission of the crime, and we've also recovered air conditioning parts, compressors, fans and a bunch of sheet metal,” said North Miami Beach Police Sgt. Richard Rand.
Those items were located inside a van and a Suburban that was towed away as evidence.
Police identified the four suspects arrested as Ashley Raquel Norris, 19, Roberson Cadet, 18, Manaelle Box, 32, and Henry Box Jr., 29, who recently got out of jail after being arrested for murder in 2002. This time, police said, Box and his associates were just trying to steal the copper coils of the AC units and other pieces of metal to sell them as scrap.
The foursome all face charges of burglary and resisting arrest without violence, according to police. It was not immediately known whether the four suspects have attorneys.