NORTH MIAMI (CBS4) – North Miami police have released photos of three men who were caught on security cameras during a home invasion robbery in North Miami early Sunday morning.
Police spokesman Lt. Neal Cuevas said seven people were in a home in the 12700 block of NE 4th Avenue when three armed men stormed inside.
The home’s owner, William Foster, gave police security video that shows the men entered through a door which was not completely locked.
“They woke me up with a gun and acted like they were officers,” Foster told CBS4’s Silva Harapetian.
Foster and another male were pistol whipped and bound. The pictures show the robbers wore badges around their neck.
“They tied everyone up and put tape across everyone’s mouth.” Foster said, the gunmen then demanded Foster’s money and jewelry. “They asked specifically for the brand of watch that I wear.”
Police say the men got away with only a couple of cell phones and the women’s purses.
Foster said the men knew too much about him. He suspects they know someone who knows him because they had too much information about him, like about the safe he keeps in the home and his watch.
“I really don’t blame this on the neighborhood. This has to be someone that I know,” Foster said.
But, neighbors are feeling uneasy. A woman who lives across the street said she was not surprised to hear about the home invasion. Lyleanna Buitrau said she has been a victim twice in one year. First her home was burglarized then her car was stolen. She bought a dog to protect her family.
“I’m afraid because of my kids. It’s insecure neighborhood. I think police should come around more often,” said Buitrau.
She said she’s going to move. But Foster who moved in only three months ago and has spent the past two years renovating his home says he will not move. Instead, he hopes the public will help police catch the robbers.
Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.