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Written by Derek McCann, BT Contributor   
December 2018

policeman_stopThankfully Incompetent

100 Block of NE 56th Street

Police were called by resident who returned home to see horrific vandalism. It was not the first time, either. The intruders broke the stove and sink in the kitchen and made holes in a wall, which they tried to set on fire. Luckily they were too dumb to figure out how to burn down a home. There were burn marks on several walls. Again, too dumb to light it up. To cap it all off, there was a strong odor of gas throughout the apartment. This attack has garnered no leads. Hopefully these budding pyromaniacs will continue to make no progress in the art of arson. Try needle point.


Highly Skilled but Pathetic Results

400 Block of Biscayne Boulevard

At this restaurant, the wonder and scary aspects of ancient CCTV was put to the test. Manager noticed that things were out of place in the office. Upon looking at the video, he saw a man picking the lock of the entrance door, and later he picked an office lock. He was seen looking around for items of value but only found a bag containing $30. Restaurant opened the next day, thus contaminating the crime scene. No arrests made, but really -- a professional who can pick locks but can’t make a decent score? Waste of talent. Surely he can do better. Or find a new profession.


Lock It All Up Tight

100 Block of NE 49th Street

Man left his apartment around 6:15 p.m. and returned at 8:30 p.m. In that period, a burglar who was possibly casing the joint (or just another wonderful Miami neighbor) had ransacked the apartment. Culprit had made off with $400, an iPad, and diamond jewelry. Victim said he had left the sliding glass door open. He then told officers he had to go to bed -- we hope with the sliding door shut. Miamians, please be smart and embrace your inner OCD.


If It Can Be Broken, It Will Be Broken

2600 Block of NE 2nd Avenue

Woman was locking up her office (unlike the victims in past reports) and went on her way, confident she had nothing to worry about. A vendor called a bit later and told her something was very wrong. A burglar had shattered the rear glass window (so much for being careful) and made it inside, stealing more than $400 in cash and, of course, a laptop. Get rid of that glass. Who needs sunlight anyway?


Even Co-workers Cannot Be Trusted

5900 Block of Biscayne Boulevard

Woman arrived to work on Monday and greeted her fellow employees. She placed her book bag on a nearby chair. But 45 minutes later, it was gone. Perhaps an internal game of “Who Done It” would be in order? She checked with co-workers but no one had any idea where it could have gone. So they did not notice a strange person enter their office and walk over to their co-worker’s desk? Serves victim right, as that 45-minute early break came with a price. Bag has not been returned.


The Early Riser

2700 Block of N. Miami Avenue

When arriving at the restaurant where she worked, woman noticed that there was a tablet PC missing and perhaps other items. She checked out the overnight security video and saw a man entering the back door of the restaurant, gathering different items. This took him a full 25 minutes. It was 5:30 in the morning and there he was -- groggy and slow. Apparently this could be a case of  insomnia leading to crime. There may be surveillance at the eatery, but no obvious alarm. Thief likely could have stayed hours, possibly even presenting himself as an employee.


Stealing the Tip Jar: Bad Karma

5200 Block of NE 2nd Avenue

A homeless man entered this restaurant and began pestering customers for cash, making his begging rounds up and down the establishment. He was asked to leave, but he did not want to and briefly argued with the manager -- until the threat of police caused him to depart. He did leave, but as he did so, he grabbed the tip jar and ran off. Arrest made but tip jar empty.


An Order To Go at the Old Taco Bell

3500 Block of Biscayne Boulevard

Victim was looking to sell his phone, so he put up an online ad and got a response. He met with prospective buyer in the parking lot at a Taco Bell. The man buying the phone asked if he could take closer his car. Unbelievably, this was agreed to, and as he watched his potential customer get in his car, seller also noticed that the car’s engine was running. Just to keep the A/C going? Buyer drove off, and he was not just checking the phone’s reception. Please do not be dumb, folks. In Miami, handing off a phone is giving a phone.


A Fetish for Nurse Scrubs?

200 Block of Biscayne Boulevard

Woman ordered some scrubs online. As she waited at the promised delivery time, she got a security alert on her phone. There was live video of a man  knocking on her door. He then reached down, opened the box, grabbed the contents, and took off. She later saw him sitting under tree nearby with the merchandise. She confronted him, and he said he’ll get it back to her by end of the day. He did not. Was this a struggling student nurse? Someone with a nurse fetish? Sadly, there are no leads.


Quick and Clean

3000 Block of Biscayne Boulevard

Two women finished their meal at a restaurant. When they were presented with the check, one of the women used a credit card. But it was declined. Waiter advised her of this, so the woman said she will go to her car and get another one. Strangely, they both left the table. The suspects were seen climbing into a silver SUV. No arrests made, but it’s way too easy to get a free meal using this trick


Miami Treasure Hunt Turns Up Loot

3600 Block of Biscayne Boulevard

Building manager had received multiple calls from tenants stating their A/C was not working. Landlord, upon investigating the situation, discovered that the A/C units had actually been stolen. So this was no longer a maintenance issue but a criminal act. About five apartments had their A/C units stolen. However, to the manager’s surprise, the air-conditioning units were found outside, scattered around different parts of the property. All stolen units were recovered. Maybe this was practice for future scores. Or maybe the thief had a change of heart. Or maybe carting away five heavy A/C units was just too much work. Either way, the crime was not successful.


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