Homeowner says daytime bandits ransacked residence
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida homeowner believes the burglars who allegedly ransacked her residence in July were the same pair who targeted two other homes in her neighborhood, earlier this week.
Romina Gambino Diaz came forward after seeing 7News' coverage of two daytime robberies that took place in the Roads, a Miami neighborhood located south of Downtown Miami and west of Interstate 95.
The homeowner said the perpetrators broke into her residence on the 400 block of 25th Road and took off with cash and loaded guns. "They used a crowbar to open the safe," said Diaz. "They went through everything in the safe. They went through our drawers. They took pretty much everything that was in here."
According to Diaz, the burglars took two semi-automatic guns. "The guns were loaded at the moment," she said.
In a prior interview with 7News, another burglary victim who lives in the Roads called her neighborhood a safe place to live. "This is the third time my neighborhood is burglarized, and this is a safe neighborhood," she said.
Miami Police said the two men captured in surveillance video stole $50,000 worth of jewelry from the victim's home. Diaz saw the woman's interview on 7News and decided to share her ordeal.
According to investigators, three homes have been burglarized since Monday, all within blocks of each other. The thieves are striking during the daytime, when residents are usually gone.
Gambino Diaz said her home was burglarized during the day as well. "We weren't home at that moment, thank God," she said. "Who knows? We could have gotten killed, someone would have gotten hurt. Thankfully, we were not home, and we're grateful for that."
The homeowner said the string of robberies is a problem that continues to escalate. "We thought this was a good neighborhood," she said. 'We moved in here three years ago. We heard it was a really good neighborhood that's safe, [where] all the neighbors watch out for each other, and this is what's happening, and we are not the only ones, which is what's scary."
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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