Crime

Telenovela Actors Suspected of Burglarizing Sunny Isles Beach Apartment

One of Rafael Pedroza's earliest acting credits was a burglar on the Colombian soap opera Me Amaras Bajo La Lluvia (or, in English, You Loved Me in The Rain). Now he's a suspect in a real life robbery here in Miami-Dade. 

Sunny Isles Beach Police are on the hunt for Pedroza and fellow Colombian actor Farid Duque. They believe the pair pulled off a June 12 heist at an apartment on the 19300 block of Collins Avenue. The duo is believed to have stolen more than $20,000 in goods. 

Duque, meanwhile, is the brother of late broadcaster Bernie Duque, best known for being the announcer on the Colombian version of The Price is Right

The odd case has already become fodder for Colombian tabloids. In fact, the victim, Colombian businessman Alejandro Abello gave an in-depth interview about the situation to La W Radio


"They took clothes, shoes, underwear, my son's clothing, a laptop, watches, they took $ 5,000 in cash, took  the toilet paper, they even took toothpaste," Abello said in Spanish. "What thief steals toilet paper?" 

Abello says he invited the pair to Miami to work for his company, and even lent them a car and a place to stay in his apartment. Abello says he got call from Duque, who complained that Pedroza had thrown him out of the apartment. 

He returned to the apartment and noticed that things were amiss. He reviewed security footage and saw the pair loading up a suitcase and two garbage bags with his belongings. 

Abello didn't immediately call police but when the pair the pair refused to return with his belongings he filed a report. Sunny Isles Beach Police believe that the men are still in South Florida, and asks anyone who may know their whereabouts to call 305-947-4440. 
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Kyle Munzenrieder