Burglars have struck homes and vehicles all across Miami stealing thousands of dollars in property and leaving behind destruction.
MIAMI – Burglars have struck homes and vehicles all across Miami stealing thousands of dollars in property and leaving behind destruction. Miami Police Chief Thomas Anderson is again asking residents to be watchful, keep doors and windows locked and report any suspicious or unusual activity.
“We are asking for any information about these burglaries,” Anderson said, “Also would like to warn people to look for anything suspicious or anyone in your areas that doesn’t belong please call the police. Please be vigilant and report anything suspicious.”
The first crime was reported at 8:07 a.m. on Jan. 20. Police were dispatched to 1705 D Street NW where John Turner reported he went to His car at 7:30 a.m. to start it and noticed his front passenger door was not shut all the way.
Turner discovered the middle console had been rummaged through and several items had been stolen including his Oklahoma Drivers License, Social Security Card, Tribal Card and Health Insurance Card, SoonerCare Card, Stent Card and wallet.
There was no forced entry.
At 1:42 p.m. on Jan. 20, a second crime occurred and police were called to the lobby of The Village Apartments. There Ricky Sheppard told police he visited his friend Kade Fields on Dec. 3, 2016, and they later went to the Prairie Sun Casino on P Street NW.
Sheppard said he did not notice anything missing until the next day, Dec. 4, 2016 when he went to use his Coumadin INR Blood Test Kit and discovered it missing. He said he had not had to remove it from the front seat for Fields to sit down. The test kit was valued at $1,500 and other items stolen included a $199 20-volt Dewalt Drill, and a $20 black MP3 Player.
Sheppard told police his driver side door was left unlocked due to the door being hard lock, but the other doors on the vehicle were secured prior to exiting his vehicle and going inside.
Police then responded to a third incident at 3:31 p.m. on Jan. 20 at 207 A Street SE. Sarah Lawson reported she had left her house at 5:30 a.m. that morning and her husband had left at 10:55 a.m. When she arrived back home at 3:15 p.m. she noticed her dog was scared and hiding.
Lawson told police when she walked through her house; she noticed the southeast bedroom window had been broken out. While looking through the room, she discovered a $468 LG flat screen TV, $299 PlayStation 4 and controller, and PS4 Skylanders game had been stolen.
Lawson and her husband found that the suspects had tried to gain entry through the back door but were unsuccessful, and while the suspects were inside they attempted to leave out the back door, but were unsuccessful and bent the hasp trying to open the door.
At 4:05 p.m. on Jan. 20 another call came in, and Police were dispatched to 1624 Park Heights Street where Joel Harris reported another burglary. Harris told police that sometime between 10 p.m. and 6:20 a.m. on Jan. 19 several items were stolen out of his wife's vehicle.
Harris told police he noticed something missing out of his truck at 6:20 a.m., but did not think anything of it until he later he got into his wife's vehicle and noticed the trunk lid was ajar.
A $100 Craftsman tool set in a black case, a $300 pair of silver pilot style women's Oakley brand sunglasses, a $100 Moultrie game camera, and $50 Craftsman tool set in a small gray case were all stolen from the two vehicles while both were parked in the driveway unlocked.
At 4:28 p.m. on Jan. 20 David Plott reported another burglary that occurred at 528 Harned at a residence he was refurbishing. Plott told police between Jan. 12 and Jan. 14 the back door of the residence was pried open and several items had been stolen including a half inch 18-volt drill with a black case, two batteries and a charger, an adjustable crescent wrench, pipe wrench, and box knife. Also stolen were building supplies, a gray and pink tool bag with a hammer, tape measure, wrench, level, pliers, and several other miscellaneous tools.
On Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. another burglary was reported by Rufus Greninger at 2108 F Street NW who noticed his 2000 Nissan Frontier Pickup with a Retired Trooper tag TR0198 was missing out of the garage. Greninger told police the key had been in a filing cabinet in his study.
Greninger also reported a .22 caliber Ruger revolver, and Guernica model 1915 7.55-caliber gun was missing from his study closet and a nightstand in his bedroom. A white gold necklace with a diamond jewel was also taken from the dresser in his bedroom.
During their initial investigation, Police observed a walk-in door in Greninger's garage had been forced open, breaking the door jamb. The storm door at the property had damage to the screen, the screen on the north side of the house was removed and unable to be located, and a screen on the south side of the residence was removed, and the storm window pushed in.
The Miami Police Department can be reached at 918-542-5585.
Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1