Police search for thieves in home invasion
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are searching for the robbers after they made their way into a South Florida home.
People who live in the Southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood said suspicious cars have circled the neighborhood more and more in recent times.
Two men with towels covering their faces were seen on surveillance video walking up to a set of double French doors in attempt to break in. "They were yanking on the door," said Kevin Chavez. "But they couldn't get into it."
Miami-Dade detectives said that was Aug. 30. Fast forward the tape to three days later, they were back again, on Sept. 3, with disguises at around midnight. "The bedroom window," said Chavez. "That's where they ended up busting through. It took them two hours to get in."
The Chavez family was gone for the Labor Day Weekend when, police said, two thieves finally broke in. Detectives said the determined robbers ran off with about $30,000 in jewelry and electronics. "You can briefly see one of their faces a little bit, as far as the eyes and nose section," said Detective Ida Filamilian. "They seem to be white males, relatively young, maybe 20s or 30s."
Chavez said, "They took one Rolex, they took a fancy chain with diamonds on it."
At one point, the camera caught a clear shot at one of the men's mugs.
"My 5-year-old son, I wish I would've known he was behind me cause I was going through the surveillance cameras, and I didn't really think I was gonna see much, and the first video that comes out is when they were yanking on the door," said Chavez,. "so at this moment, he's looking at the video and sees them and yells, 'Dad, they're here!', and he starts crying and running. So I was like, 'No this is a movie we're watching.' They're not here they left.'"
Detectives believe a BMW and Jeep Cherokee caught on camera just before the break-in are connected to the crime.
Police said how the men behaved can help them pick up some clues. "You can see their mannerisms," said Filamilian, "And maybe sometimes that is enough for someone to recognize them or to know who they are."
Miami-Dade police said the pair are still on the run and could still be targeting other people for robberies.
If you recognize any of these two men, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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