Thieves caught on camera targeting cars in gated community in Miami Lakes – NBC 6 South Florida
Police are investigating after residents of a Miami Lakes community fell victim to car thieves who targeted multiple vehicles.
Residents of the gated community of Satori said they did not expect so many cars to be targeted at once.
Surveillance cameras showed the crooks going car after car, past several homes in the community.
Resident Tony Lopez said he awoke to find the doors of his GMC Denali splayed open and his valuables gone.
“I woke up around 6 a.m. and my car door was open. I went out and everything was taken apart. They took two of my cell phones. They took my gun,” Lopez said.
Lopez said the items the scammers got away with were expensive.
“Between the cell phones and the gun, between $3,500 and $4,000,” Lopez said.
Lopez said he mistakenly left his car unlocked and knew of at least six other neighbors who were affected.
At this time, Miami-Dade police have confirmed that two victims had their property stolen.
Cameras recorded the burglars driving and walking around the neighborhood, breaking into cars and rummaging through their belongings.
Lopez says it happened Sunday morning in the community of Satori along 87th Yard Northwest.
Residents said the burglars entered through the community’s side door, but this is currently under investigation.
“I think there’s more to it than they say. Personally, I think there is more to it. You don’t have guys running around here for 30 or 40 minutes getting into cars and nobody sees anything,” Lopez said.
Lopez said he was able to retrieve his cell phone by following him, but the suspects are still there.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.