MIAMI SHORES, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who, they said, broke into a Miami Shores home while it was being fumigated and took off with thousands of dollars in valuables.
According to Miami Shores Police, the house, located in the area of Northeast 102nd Street and Fifth Avenue, was under a tent for fumigation when it was burglarized between the hours of 4 p.m. on May 29 and 10:30 a.m. the following day.
The homeowner, Cory Gittner, said the perpetrators broke in through a back window.
“It did seem like they came in quickly and got whatever they could grab because, obviously, if you stayed in long, it could kill you,” he said.
Police said the burglars were in a white newer model Honda Civic. On May 30, they were captured on surveillance footage making purchases with Gittner’s credit card.
They were seen at a CVS located at 101 Hialeah Dr. and at a Walgreens located at 400 Hialeah Dr.
“Someone called me and said, ‘They’re using your credit card,'” said Gittner.
The homeowner said the duo also took off with electronics and a camera valued at several thousand dollars.
Gittner said he has lived in the house for 30 years and never had an issue, but because of the pandemic, police believe his house was targeted during the tenting.
“Police told me that it had been three months since there had been any burglaries in Miami Shores, and the reason being, everyone is at their home,” he said. “No one’s at work, no one’s out, so I guess they were looking for some way to break into a house knowing that there would be no one in there, and I guess that’s the house that has the tent on it.”
Detectives describe the subjects as being between the ages of 16 to 25 years old.
One of the crooks is described to have wavy brown hair and was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, gray pants, black socks and sandals and a dark blue bandana to cover his face.
The other crook is described to be heavy-set and was last seen wearing a dark colored hoodie, red shorts and black and white sandals.
Police advise residents having their homes tented to hire a security guard to sit outside the property overnight.
If you have any information on this home burglary, 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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