For a while, Raonel Valdez was like the Chris Angel of Cuban-born delinquents, mind-freaking the criminal justice system with his ability to escape hard time. His bag of tricks may have finally come up empty. Yesterday, Valdez was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center (TGK) afte ... More >>
In October 2012 just outside a pastel-painted Coral Gables apartment building, one of the largest gold heists in Florida history went down. A convicted thief named Raonel Valdez, who was supposed to be wearing a court-ordered GPS device, somehow jacked $2.8 million in gold from courier George Villeg ... More >>
Will people believe anything regarding money when the economy's tanked? We're starting to think so. In July 2008, Debra Saafield gave Zena the Clairvoyant $27,000 as a trust exercise. The Naples woman was told that her attachment to material objects was a holdover from her past as an Egyptian prince ... More >>
If you're planning on stealing an Aston Martin you might want to Google "how to start an Aston Martin" before you barge into the owner's home, tie them up and try to make off with the car. Zuhdi Musa, 47, and Rosa Maria Musa, 45, were arrested today in connection to such a high-profile Coral Gable ... More >>
Cuban gangster Raonel Valdez won't have to worry about his victim George Villegas testifying against him. Over the weekend, Villegas died of a heart attack in his Coral Gables apartment, the same one Valdez had been staking out for months in late 2012 hoping to catch Villegas slipping. On October 12 ... More >>
In a brazen crime that should send shivers down the spines of bottle-service-loving bros and depressed, rich housewives everywhere, $1.1 million worth of premium vodka was stolen last month from a warehouse in northwest Miami-Dade.
The last time Brenda Heist's children saw her, she had dropped them off at school. They returned home to find dinner defrosting, and laundry half done, but mom was missing. An extensive search was undertaken, but Heist was never found. Three years ago, Heist's husband even petitioned to have her leg ... More >>
When former Coral Park Senior High standout Arrington Jenkins chose to play for Florida State University over his hometown team Miami, he told an ESPN reporter: "I don't have to worry about the 'U' anymore. I want to put them in the ground for the next four years."However, after getting arrested ... More >>
So, a stand up comedian walks into a bank ...and robs it twice in one week. 27-year-old Jeffrey Lluis was arrested on Thursday after making his second robbery at a SunTrust branch in Citrus Park. He pulled off the second heist on Thursday even after police had interviewed about the Tuesday r ... More >>
Scam artist Nevin Shapiro's allegations detailed in Yahoo! Sports might end the University of Miami football program. Or maybe not. As New Times showed this past December in a lengthy magazine-style piece, Shapiro is "the epitome of a Magic City con artist: a hard-partying, tasteless, statu ... More >>
The wayward ways of former Hialeah Police Chief Rolando Bolaños' troublesome son Rolando Bolaños Jr. have finally caught up to him. Bolaños Jr. has plead guilty to strong armed robbery of a bank stemming from an incident last year in which he made off with $2,389 from a Bank Atlantic in Hialea ... More >>
via FBIThe suspect in this mornings heist was caught on tapeThe Bank of America in Coral Gables that just weeks ago was the scene of a bizarre hostage crisis, has been robbed yet again. The latest robbery went down around 10 a.m., when a man entered with what appeared to be a gun a gave a teller ... More >>
Toro Y Moi is 23-year-old Chazwick Bundick. Started as a side-project from his traditional band, The Heist and The Accomplice, his goal was to experiment, sample, and create something sincere for himself. The sound has since been lumped into the Chillwave category, a genre that has lots of reverb ... More >>
How not to unload stolen Picassos.
They give new meaning to the term blood diamond.
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 >>
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