A South Florida neighborhood is on high alert after many residents found their cars vandalized.
Multiple security cameras were rolling as criminals broke into cars early Saturday morning. The unidentified suspects would pull up in a vehicle and slam on the brakes. That’s when someone would jump out and start going up to different cars and trucks, breaking windows, rummaging through the interior and stealing valuables.
“My car was broken into. My son’s car was broken into. They vandalized everything inside – broke the window and took the personal items,” said Robert Gonzalez, a victim.
The incident happened in the area of Northeast 207th Street and 12th Avenue.
“My alarm went off and I heard the noise and two, three minutes later, we looked at the car. All four of them were broken into. It really sucks,” said Marjorie Saint-Lauas, another victim.
Detectives combed the vehicles for forensic clues. The vandalism and damage was the first thing people noticed when they woke up this morning and stepped outside.
“I just came home around 6:00 a.m. and I went inside my house and 10 minutes later, I heard a car peel out. I opened the door and noticed they attempted to break into my mother’s car and they broke into my brother’s big truck,” said Jennifer Williamson, a victim.
Multiple people who spoke with NBC 6 said the break-ins happen frequently in Northeast Miami-Dade.
Police said at least 16 cars were hit and are investigating the case.
Anyone with information on this incident is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.