MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Authorities are searching for a crook who, they said, targeted a North Miami Police SUV, smashing it up before taking some dangerous items inside.
The South Florida neighborhood where the burglary took place, Saturday night, is now on edge, knowing that an officer’s guns are now in the wrong hands. “I heard a commotion going on, and later on, the officers were there checking out the scenario,” said one concerned resident.
The robbery occurred along Pine Tree Drive and 30th Street. Police said a handgun, an AR-15 rifle and a bulletproof vest were stolen from a safe box inside the marked vehicle.
“They stole everything, the safe box, everything, his guns,” said the property manager of the officer’s apartment. “Yeah, this is scary.”
She confirmed that the burglar got into the safe box and was able to take out the guns.
Investigators said the officer’s ammo and work computer were also stolen.
Shattered glass remained on the scene, Monday night.
According to sources at North Miami Beach Police, officers are permitted to leave weapons in the lock box inside their patrol cars.
“Nobody heard anything, and I’m out here all the time,” said the concerned resident. “It’s weird, still, a little concerning.”
The officer did not want to speak with 7News.
Some neighbors said they weren’t surprised by the theft.
“It’s a quiet neighborhood. No security cameras. What is better than that? How often do you see people walking here?” Ashrod Shalteot said. “It’s not like South Beach.”
Shalteot told 7News that someone stole his motorcycle from the same block, a few weeks ago.
“Made my police report but haven’t heard anything about it yet,” Shalteot said.
Shalteot said that, although he is upset over his stolen motorcycle, he’s more concerned about the guns being on the street. “It doesn’t make you feel safe,” Shalteot said.
Another neighbor said he was alarmed to learn about the theft. “When we wake up and we know what happened with the police car, we were like freaking out,” said Joaquin Pinta.
If you have any information on this theft, 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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