Miami-Dade Police vehicle burglarized, Taser stolen

DORAL, Fla. (WSVN) — The Miami-Dade Police Department’s Kendall District is hoping to identify the subjects responsible for burglarizing a police vehicle on April 16.

According to police, in the early hours of the morning, two subjects drove up in a white, Chevy Aveo and parked across the street from the Miami-Dade Police vehicle, in the area of Southwest 107th and 56th Street, in Southwest Miami-Dade. Moments later, two men exited the vehicle. One male subjects looked around as a "lookout," while the other smashed the driver’s side window of the marked car with an unknown tool. "We want to try and take the criminals out of the street," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Daniel Ferrin. 

Both subjects fled the scene without taking an property. 

However, they both returned to the scene for a theft. "Only to return back 15 minutes later and then ransack the trunk of the car," Ferrin said. 

The men entered the marked vehicle and stole things from the trunk, including a police Taser. "It’s a weapon that incapacitates the person that gets struck with it, and that’s not a weapon we want on the streets," Ferrin said. 

The Miami-Dade Police Department is seeking the assistance of the community in identifying or locating the subjects and hope the released surveillance video will help.

A week later, the morning of April 25, in Southwest Miami Dade, a Miami-Dade police cruiser was reported stolen from an officer’s home in the area of Southwest 276th Street and 167th Avenue, before it was found at the bottom of a lake, in Sunny Isles Beach, the following afternoon. No one was arrested in that case.

It remains unknown if these cruiser crimes are connected, but police need your help. "These individuals have the courage to break into a police car. Who knows what they are capable of doing?" Ferrin said. "That’s why we are working diligently and trying to catch these individuals to get them out of our streets."

If you have any information on either of these crimes, 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.