MIAMI (WSVN) - A bathroom break-in was caught on camera at a home in Brickell.
Surveillance captured the subject as he broke into the house located along Brickell Avenue, just off the Rickenbacker Causeway, Aug. 7.
The video showed the man as he lounged on a chair before using it to climb a tree.
“It’s terrible someone would go out of the way to burglarize someone’s home,” said area resident Doug Martinez, “and that tells you you need security.”
Police said he got in through a bathroom window and then managed to take off with a backpack full of items. “Once inside he grabs everything inside, a lot of it being the victim’s jewelry,” said Miami Police spokesperson Kenia Fallat.
The homeowner was on vacation at the time and returned to find several thousand dollars worth of jewelry and other valuables gone.
The burglary is catching neighbors off guard at this high-end community, which used to be home to superstars like Sylvester Stallone and Madonna. “We are very concerned, because this is a safe and quiet neighborhood,” said area resident Beatrice Carmon.
“These are people targeting people and always looking out, so you gotta watch your back wherever you go,” Martinez said.
Neighbors are hoping that if someone recognizes this man, that they will alert officials. “It’s a way to stop things, because if the guy is not caught, he will do it again,” Carmon said.
If you have any information on 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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