Two summers ago, Miami was the stage for one of the strangest FBI sting operations on record. On July 17, 2012, undercover agents set up a clandestine deal in a pricey South Beach hotel room. With hidden cameras recording his every move, an unwitting suspect carefully removed the much-coveted object ... More >>
The municipal parking lot behind South Beach's Epicure Market is a bustling hub of activity. The lot, which also serves Crunch Fitness, Ace Hardware, and restaurants at the western end of Lincoln Road, is heavily trafficked. Despite the activity, a number of car owners have reported vehicle-related ... More >>
Last Friday, Chris Underhill's bike was stolen. He had taken a cousin from out of town to Mary Brickell Village, only to find his chain cut and his Giant Escape true to its name: gone. Underhill underwent the usual stages of stolen bike syndrome: disbelief, anger, and despair. He filled out a polic ... More >>
Duane Immich had quite a busy night, yes he did. Lil' guy spent all night robbing four separate houses and a car, but by the time he made his last stop of the night, he was so tuckered out he just decided to pull a blanket over himself and pass out right on the victim's couch.
Marcelo Cicuta said he recently received and turned down a $30,000 offer for his award winning French Bulldog. He's a dog worth more than some new cars. But when Cicuta returned to his new home he found the dog and 15 of its new born puppies taken from his home.
Official at the Pinellas County jail have been using X-Ray machines to spot counterfeit items on inmates since June. This past Thursday they found an inmate who had swallowed the very things he had been accused of stealing. Joseph Ramos, 21, was arrested for a burglary that occurred in Safety Harb ... More >>
How much Red Bull would one need to drink to successfully pull of a heist off half-a-million dollars worth of Red Bull energy? That's what Medley police are asking after they discovered that about 100 pallets of the wing-giving energy drink were stolen from a warehouse over the Veterans Day weeken ... More >>
Police work doesn't get much luckier then when a suspect literally falls to your feet. That's what happened to Alex David McBride when he attempted to break into a CVS in Melbourne, Florida this morning.
Miami-Dade Police started investigating a break-in and robbery last night at a home in Kendall, but it turns out the home the burglars were targeting was actually a grow house. Police found 21 marijuana plants valued at around $50,000 inside.
The number one rule of a robbery is never leave anything behind that could identify you, yet Florida thieves lately are having a hard time following that simple guideline. Anthony Thomas is accused of stealing from a gas station in Ocala. How did cops find him? Oh, he left behind a job application ... More >>
Oh, girl, hope you're not getting your hair did soon, because Miami has experienced what we imagine must be one of the biggest hair care heists of all time.Thieves struck a warehouse in West Kendall on Sunday night and wiped the business clean of $80,000 worth of fancy hair products.
A woman in Reddick, Florida, didn't even have to open her front door to realize she had been robbed. That's because thieves stole her driveway. Well, the brick pavers that made up the driveway to be exact.
The Transportation Security Administration was created in 2001 to keep us safe, but it turns out a handful of their employees are no better than common crooks. Since the TSA's creation nearly 400 employees have been fired after being accused of stealing from passengers, and Miami International Airpo ... More >>
Reina Herrera, a Miami-Dade kindergarten teacher, was sent to adult timeout this week for attempting to burglarize a home. Herrera, a teacher at Earlington Heights Elementary, had also stolen items from the home twice in May and had a previous burglary arrest in 2010. Suspected heroin was also found ... More >>
Last week, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported the lowest crime rate across the state since the agency began tracking statistics in 1971. With population growth factored in, the overall crime rate dropped 0.8 percent from 2010 to 2011. In Miami-Dade, the crime rate dropped 0.3 percent ... More >>
If you're driving a stolen vehicle and are "not trying to go to jail," it's best to keep a low profile. You shouldn't do anything to draw attention yourself. You certainly shouldn't pull over and drop a number two on the side of one of Florida's busiest highways. Basically, don't be Mellisa Mansfiel ... More >>
Just in time for Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Dade Police have taken Jorge Gonzalez, an alleged art thief, out of the galleries and into the slammer. Police believe more of Gonzalez's victims may be out there, however, and that the total amount of his fraud and theft could have cost victims more ... More >>
If you're going to break in and steal items from cars, targeting the valet garage at the ritzy Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach isn't a bad idea. It's also a good idea to make sure you've gotten a full night's rest before attempting such a heist. Nineteen-year-old Joe Jesus German was one good ... More >>
Nicaragua-born musician Luis Enrique, hailed as the Prince of Salsa, returned to his Miami home earlier this week after promoting his latest album in Puerto Rico only to find that his home had been ransacked and burglarized. A window had been broken, and furniture in the home had been moved."It' ... More >>
Thieves in Miami tied up a 95-year-old woman along with two other women while brandishing a gun and ransacked a home this afternoon. The women weren't hurt, but the desperate thieves who apparently couldn't find any babies with candy to steal from or fish in barrels to shoot, made away with valua ... More >>
A man and his family returned to their home on the 3600 block of NE Fourth Street in Homestead early this morning after a long vacation. They noticed it seemed like someone had broken in during the absence, but soon realized the burglary was actually in progress.Caught in the act, the burglar shot t ... More >>
Police have put a stop to a massive luxury car theft ring. The elaborate scam targeted rental cars, and in an investigation yesterday police recovered more than $250,000 in stolen vehicles from an undisclosed warehouse somewhere in North Dade."These are high-end vehicles, so they're worth a lot of m ... More >>
Most of what we know about running a grow house we learned from Weeds, and even we know not to open a door for just anyone.North Miami Beach Police Officer John Baker was conduction a routine search for a burglary suspect at an apartment building and decided to knock on neighbors doors to see if ... More >>
Acting on a tip, Miami Police recently raided a squat ranch house on a quiet side street a few blocks south of Bird Avenue in Coconut Grove. via Miami Dade Corrections William Vanwinkle stole thousands of dollars' worth of stuff from cars around Coconut Grove, cops say.Inside the house, a ... More >>
The fashion police are also investigatingTwo apparently related burglaries have police worried that a crime ring with really bad taste is preying on local shoe merchants. In the wee hours of December 30, five to six masked men in two cars crashed their way into the Foot Locker at 1076 Sou ... More >>
Miami Police are on the lookout for a naked burglar.via Wikimedia CommonsSometime after midnight early this morning, a white Hispanic man crawled through a window of an apartment on the 1200 block of SW Sixth Street, says Det. William Moreno, a Miami PD spokesman.A woman sleeping inside with her ... More >>
Via Miami-Dade Police DepartmentMiami-Dade cops are on the hunt for thieves with a taste for Chanel No. 5. Last week, two men allegedly broke into a commercial warehouse at 320 NE 187th Street. They stuffed $100,000 worth of expensive perfume into a white Ford Van. (Riptide likes to imagine the cr ... More >>
The trail of a $6 million art heist in France ends in suburban South Florida.
Thieves use a foreclosure to pull off heist.
Miami Beach cops got the call just after lunchtime this past January 26. A woman reported the following: Two thin, unfamiliar men were lurking in her neighborhood between a yellow $1.1 million waterfront house and an abandoned tan bungalow. They were carrying furniture from the houses to their ... More >>
Hang on tightly to those Picassos at Basel. Art crime is on the rise.
So be careful where you party.
They give new meaning to the term blood diamond.
Life in the New Times' offices is often exciting -- but nothing could have prepared us for what unfolded today. A coworker who shall remain unnamed brought in a spiral party platter of cocktail shrimp for lunch; the kind where all the little buggers are arranged around the tray in perfect fashion, ... More >>
The Smoking Gun recently reported in a long, investigative entry that R&B singer Akon, who has built a career on making a huge deal out of his alleged criminal past, is not as bad as he says he is. Since the release of Akon's 2004 debut, Trouble, the singer has claimed that he did hard time in a Ge ... More >>
Miami police busted a couple of dozen burglars yesterday, including one dude who had 59 -- yes, fifty-nine -- prior arrests. Lt. Orestes Chavez, one of the commanders who led the so-called Operation B.R.A.A.T. (Burglary, Robbery, Auto Theft Apprehension Team, gotta love the acronym), said that they ... More >>
Just try to help those needy immigrants
Safeguarding your stock against sticky-fingered crooks
The truth is all relative to Hialeah Police Chief Rolando Bolaños
Sly Stallone is just a family man who wants some peace and quiet, and he intends to get it
Forget Hiaasen, Balmaseda, and Steinback -- the Herald's weird, wacky "Police Report" is the prose by the pros
South Florida fraud investigators find themselves fighting a new form of chicanery: the lease fleece
Down at SCLC headquarters, between the loan rejections and the break-ins, Ray Fauntroy still has a dream
Steal a guitar, go to jail. That's what happens in the normal world. But then there's Miami Beach.
Look and see, is there a mugger waitin' for me?