Police investigate attempted business burglary in Southwest Miami-Dade

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - The search is on for two suspects who tried to break into a Southwest Miami-Dade business overnight.

Miami-Dade Police responded to Leon Jewelry along Southwest 56th Street and 94th Avenue, after a call of a burglary around 2 a.m.

According to officials, police were able to quickly respond to the scene because the family who owns the business were alerted by their security system.

Police closed in on the business with their guns drawn and brought in the K-9 team to find any clues.

“I heard helicopters flying overhead,” said nearby resident Alexis Morgenstern. “It’s kind of concerning to know that that could be a robbery happening there.”

Herberto Leon, the owner of the jewelry store, said he woke up to an alarm, which alerted him of the break in. However, they didn’t see anyone when they arrived on the scene.

Investigators took a crowbar, a concrete saw, and a pair of gloves into evidence that, they said, were used to cut a hole through the roof of the building. However, police believe the crooks never made it inside because they were scared off by the alarm.

Leon said this scene has become all too familiar. “This is the third time, same location, and I believe they are the same people too,” he said. “They try to come the first time. They will try to come the second and third time to make it happen.”

“He’s like right next to you, and you’re like, ‘Woah,'” said Natalie Lahera who works next door. “I don’t think anyone got hurt. That’s what really matters.”

The ordeal frightened employees who work at a pizza store next door. “It’s really scary, and we close pretty late,” said Erik Ponce who works nearby.

A dark red van has been towed from the scene that reportedly had more tools inside.

The scene has since been cleared, but investigators are still searching for the suspects. Officials believe there was at least two people involved.

If you have any information on this break-in, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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