Police: Heat players' home burglaries possibly connected
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police said the burglaries that targeted NBA star Chris Bosh's Miami Beach home and fellow Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem's residence several weeks apart might have been committed by the same people.
Law enforcement sources looking into both cases informed 7News that they could be connected. "We're actively working the case with other agencies to see if there is a possibility that the Bosh case may be connected with another case also involving a Heat player," said Miami Beach Police Detective Vivian Hernandez. "Our detectives have been working around the clock to resolve this as soon as possible."
Investigators said they are looking to determine if the same person or group of people were behind both burglaries. Bosh's Miami Beach home was burglarized April 4 while he was out celebrating his birthday with his wife. "When working cases like this, it's a priority for us to work with other agencies to see if they have any other cases that have similar trends, similar modus operandi where the subject has done the same thing," said Hernandez. "It's a big deal that we are actively working with other agencies at this point."
The thieves who allegedly broke into Bosh's $12 million, 12,000-square-foot mansion took off with $340,000 in jewelry and cash. Fifteen designer handbags from Bosh's wife were also stolen.
The Haslem burglary took place April 13 at his Southwest Ranches 4-acre estate. Broward Sheriff's Office deputies said they noticed the side table drawers in Haslem's master bedroom were pulled out and ransacked.
Shoes and purses belonging to Haslem's fiancée were found inside garbage bags that were sitting alongside the bed. Detectives saw pry marks on a safe inside the basketball player's closet but entry was not gained.
Deputies believe, in Haslem's case, their quick response likely made the crooks flee the scene without taking any of the athlete's pricey items.
Investigators are looking to see who has access to these homes and are asking for the public's help. "If anybody knows anybody that was involved here in this case or any similar cases, please contact us and let us know what you know," Hernandez said. "I'd really appreciate it, as well as Broward detectives. It would be a really great deal to get that information."
If you have any information on these burglaries, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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