NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Newly released surveillance footage is giving police a valuable clue as they search for two men responsible for vandalizing as many as 25 vehicles inside a North Miami Beach apartment complex.
The footage shows the perpetrators damaging cars near the corner of South Glades Drive and Miami Drive during the overnight hours, early Friday.
Residents woke up to shattered windows. “I came out, and I saw my window cracked,” said resident Matias Mazo. “I saw above the things, if anything was missing. They didn’t take anything. I have a watch, I have some coins, just some paperwork, and everything was there.”
“I wake up in the morning, my neighbors knock on my door and said, ‘Oh, someone broke into all these cars,'” said resident Danny Segaro, who works in the area. “I come out here, nothing’s damaged, just the window. Boxes are still there, random cars are broken into for several blocks. Randomness, it’s just senseless violence. I don’t get it. Come on, people.”
North Miami Beach Police detectives are investigating to see if the cars were also burglarized. Several residents from two separate apartment complexes said that while their cars were vandalized, their valuables were not taken.
Residents like Al Miller said this is not the first instance. “This has happened last week to a few people, but this week has been terrible for last night,” said Miller, “because so many cars were vandalized, in any case, and nothing’s happening.”
Miller added, “I’m just an old retiree, now broken down with everything. How can this happen? Just is pretty lousy. I appreciate someone trying to help us out and trying to cover the area, if they are, because we had no coverage from anyone before.”
7News cameras captured North Miami Beach Police crime scene vans on the scene, Friday afternoon.
Residents who live in the complexes believe the vandals fled through alleyways.
North Miami Beach Police announced on social media they will continue to work with other agencies dealing with similar issues.
If you have any information on these break-ins, 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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