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Miami Police Operation Targets Criminals in Brickell

South Florida police officers are cleaning up the streets. One by one, accused criminals were handcuffed and hauled to jail Tuesday evening, as part of Operation Save Our Streets.

City of Miami Police rounded up accused thieves and burglars in The Roads neighborhood of Brickell.

"If we see a spike in crime or some concern in the area, we want to focus our operations there to reduce and prevent crime in the future," said Freddie Cruz with Miami Police.

The biggest arrest Tuesday was 20-year-old Mike Mendoza. He's accused of breaking into downtown condos and stuffing backpacks with valuables.

Detectives said he and another suspected burglar are responsible for multiple crimes in the last few months.

"During this operation, we were able to put an end to this duo pulling off burglaries in the Brickell area," said Kenia Fallat with Miami Police.

Police had a makeshift processing center setup in the parking lot of a Publix supermarket off 13th Street near 2nd Avenue.

Officers conducted the operation over a span of 10 hours. They said they plan to do these once a month to quickly collect criminals.

The goal is to focus on robberies, burglaries, thefts, graffiti and other crimes within The Roads and surrounding areas.

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