Metal spikes thwart attempted storage unit burglary
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (WSVN) -- Thieves attempting to break into a motorcycle storage unit wound up crashing into the the adjoining space, leaving behind a stolen vehicle and fleeing the scene empty-handed.
Police said the black Ford F-250 truck towed out of the repair garage Thursday morning was stolen. The vehicle left a trail of destruction in its wake, a broken roll-up garage door, banged up dirt bikes, battered motorcycle parts and broken doors. "The whole overhead door came down," said Carlos Garcia, the unit's owner.
Garcia said a team of crooks started at the car restoration garage next door around 4 a.m. ramming the metal doors so hard, they triggered a chain reaction inside. "When they hit the door, this car was closer to the door," Garcia said as he pointed at a rust-colored Ford Mustang. "They hit it with such a force that pushed this yellow car into the blue one, and the blue one hit the white one, and the white one hit the back wall and knocked a hole in it." The hole is so big the white car is visible from the other side.
"They were very valuable engines," Garcia said when asked to assess the damage caused by the alleged thieves, who realized they crashed into the wrong unit. "The theory is that they broke in here first by mistake," Garcia said. "They were targeting next door because they have a lot of motorcycle engines."
Owners said the team of thieves moved on to their intended target and floored the F-250 into the garage door, but fooled once by another break-in, the owners had installed red metal spikes. "The truck went over the spikes and got hung over the spikes," Garcia said. "They couldn't move it."
The massive pickup knocked over motorcycles and tore up the inside, but their truck was stuck, dangling over the two spikes, spinning its wheels and leaving the thieves stranded. "They left, and they left the truck behind," Garcia said.
An identical incident took place six days ago at a bike shop on Northwest 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue. Police said thieves backed up a pickup into the back gate and tried to get away with a truckload of dirt bikes. "They stole everything, even my tools," the owner said.
With gaping holes in the wall, the Opa-Locka businesses will have to protect their spaces until they are repaired. Since both garage doors are broken, the owners said they will have to remain on the premises overnight. One of them parked a trailer to block the entrance to his unit.
Police said they think the would-be burglars might be a part of a ring of thieves. This is the third dirt bike robbery that has taken place in the area during the past three weeks.
If you have any information on these burglaries, 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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