Smoke shop burglary leads to chase in Palmetto Bay

PALMETTO BAY, FLA. (WSVN) – A suspected burglar caught on camera raiding a smoke shop led police on a chase in Palmetto Bay.

Store owner Ben Carrasco said the subject broke through a glass door using a steel rod to enter the business near South Dixie Highway and Southwest 184th Street, around 2:30 a.m., Friday.

Officers were notified of the robbery and managed to make an arrest shortly after.

Carrasco said this isn’t the first time his business has been hit. “Not again,” he said. “It’s more disappointing more than anything else.”

He said he got the call from his security company, and when he checked his surveillance cameras, he saw a man removing products from the shelves.

“A few times now, but we get through it, and we’ll get through it this time as well,” Carrasco said.

After minutes inside the store, the subject ran out and was later chased by police.

According to officials, while chasing the subject, stolen items from the shop were scattered all over the road.

“For the most part, cigars, some vaporizer products, some hand blown glass, surprisingly,” Carrasco said, “but for the most part, tobacco and vaporizers.”

The subject is now behind bars.

The store remains open.

Police said there may be a second person involved. If you know anything about this 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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