Police Investigate After 23 More Cars Broken Into in North Miami

At least 119 vehicles have been broken into this month.

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    Police are investigating as 23 cars were broken into overnight in North Miami. Jamie Guirola reports.

    At least 23 cars were broken into overnight in North Miami, marking the fourth time auto bandits have struck South Florida in recent weeks.

    Police are now looking into whether any of the recent incidents are connected. At least 119 vehicles in all have been broken into this month.

    The latest spree was discovered Thursday morning at North Miami apartments off of 135th Street. Elton Kerness, the president of the building association, said he got a call from residents alerting him to the break-ins just after 7 a.m. When he went to the garage, he found smashed glass, broken windows and tossed personal belongings.

    "Some were crying, some were very unhappy some had to get to work and it was not a pleasant site," Kerness said of the reaction of the building's residents.

    Police aren't saying whether Thursday's car crime spree is related to another three incidents spread across South Florida during March.

    On Wednesday, a trio of cars were broken into outside Quantum Towers off Biscayne Blvd. Last week, a group of thieves broke into more than 50 cars at a Hollywood condo parking garage. Days before that, 46 cars broken in Little Havana were hit. In both those cases, police say thieves broke windows, jumped into the car head first and searched for valuables with their bodies hanging out the door.

    If you have any information, authorities ask that you call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-tips