MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Miami-Dade police have released surveillance video tape that shows a disturbing trend; thieves who target delivery trucks and steal expensive computers from the undercarriage.
The most recent theft took place on December 2nd at 1:15 pm at 13714 SW 56th Street in Miami.
A heavy set man, who appeared to be in his 40’s, is seen on the video stealing a vehicle computer monitoring system from the undercarriage of a parked El Dorado Furniture delivery truck.
“You see him walking around, casing the area, making sure the coast is clear, then you see him approach the truck from the passenger side, he reaches under the truck and removes the computer that is attached to the truck. It’s a computer that a lot of these delivery businesses utilize to monitor driving methods and where the trucks are at,” explained Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabalata.
Police said several delivery trucks have been targeted this way recently in Southwest Miami-Dade and the computers are valued at $1,000.
“They’re one-thousand dollars, so if they hit 3 or 4 trucks in a day, they could very easily make 3 or 4-thousand dollars in a day,” said Det. Zabalata.
It’s not known if the man in the El Dorado truck incident is the same person in the other incidents as well.
“It’s very clear, the video, if anybody knows him they’ll be able to identify him and we want the community to know that the Crime Stoppers lines are anonymous. There’s no way of us tracking down who’s calling it in all we want is your information, we don’t want your identification,” said Zabalata.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477. You can also visit www.crimestoppersmiami.com and select “Give a Tip” or send a text message to 274637. Enter CSMD followed by the tip information and press send.