Elderly couple no longer feels safe at home after robbery
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida elderly couple no longer feels safe at home after three men burglarized their home and stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.
"This is all I have left," said Flora Amoedo. "What I have on."
Every single piece of Flora Amoedo's family heirloom jewelry is gone. "I had this jewelry and every time I looked at them it was a memory," said Flora. "To me it was a memory and very valuable things."
The valuables and memories she and her husband shared in their Southwest Miami-Dade home are now gone. They were burglarized in broad daylight at around 11 a.m. on Nov. 28 2012.
Surveillance cameras posted outside neighbors' houses show three young men walking by. "Everything was on the floor," said Andres Amoedo. "Clothes, socks, everything."
Tiny boxes once filled with jewelry were empty, scattered all over the couple's bedroom floor. Their son's college ring and other sentimental pieces are all gone. Even the couple's safe was stolen, filled with passports and other important documents.
Police believe the men broke in through the back door, surveillance video also showed a dark car leaving the area around the time the robbery happened. "They watch everybody," said Andres, "And when they see you leaving, they just go in and find out if doors are open or windows are open or whatever."
The couple now has extra protection. "I put it next to me every night when I go to sleep," said Andres. "After we put alarms and cameras and everything. I spent about $1,600 in cameras and security equipment."
But the little valuables they have left, they don't trust in their home. The said they just don't feel safe anymore. "I put them in my bag every time I go out," said Flora. "It's ridiculous, but I'm afraid they will come back."
Flora said she will no longer stay at her home by herself. She said when her and her husband leave the house, they now drive around the block three or four times to make sure no one is watching them or their house.
Police said similar incidents have occurred in several different houses in the area.
If you have any information on this crime, 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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