Gun, Ammo Stolen From Miami-Dade Police Cars By Brazen Burglars

Police searching for thieves caught on video breaking into police cruisers

Miami-Dade Police are looking for a group of brazen car burglars who were caught on video breaking into cop cars and stealing a gun and ammo.

Eight vehicles, including three marked Miami-Dade Police cruisers and a federal law enforcement vehicle, were burglarized in Cutler Bay between Oct. 3 and Oct. 11, Miami-Dade Police spokesman Roy Rutland said.

The burglaries happened in the area of Southwest 210th Place and 211th Lane, between 90th Place and 92nd Avenue, and were caught on surveillance video Rutland said. The suspects were seen leaving in a white Ford Explorer.

Items taken included a semi-automatic pistol, ammunition, and miscellaneous personal items.

Police said it's against police policy to leave unsecure weapons in patrol cars overnight, and that is being handled internally.

Johnathan Santana, who lives in the area, said his roommate had a Sunpass stolen from his car.

Meanwhile, David Alonso, the head area's homeowners' association, said the robberies have been going on for a couple of months.

And on Friday, the quiet neighborhood was dotted with police cars parked in driveways, evidence that officers live in the area.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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