DANIA BEACH (CBSMiami) – Radio personality “Mobile Mike” is appealing for the public’s help after burglars gut a familiar Sports Chassis that he uses for community events, stealing $100,000 worth of electronic equipment.
“I feel violated,” said “Mobile Mike.” He told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “I am very sad. I can’t believe somebody would stoop to this level knowing what I do.”
“Mobile Mike” said, “We have a disaster. I came in this morning and found someone broke in to our community service truck and basically stole all of our equipment, our satellite uplink system, everything from top to bottom. The sound system is missing along with other equipment and it happened right underneath the cameras. That is unbelievable.”
“All we do is help people,” said “Mobile Mike.” He added, “This is our community service truck, We go out in the community every week and we help people. The kids love it and they get up in the truck and sit in it and they take pictures.”
“Mobile Mike” is the name used by Mike Mobil when he appears regularly on WIOD radio as he makes community service related stops around South Florida. The criminals targeted the Sports Chassis that is known for its Miami Dolphins logo, though it is not part of the Miami Dolphins organization.
“Mobile Mike” told D’Oench that he discovered the crime at 8 a.m. on Wednesday as he was preparing to take the Sports Chassis to community events in Coral Gables and Boca Raton.
It happened in an industrial district outside a business at 1940 Tiger Tail Boulevard in Dania Beach where surveillance cameras captured two suspects wearing hoodies.
“One of them is a large gentleman,” said BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter. “He is at least 230 pounds. We also see in this video that he uses two people in a lookout vehicle to make sure that he is safe during the burglary and that’s why we are asking for the public’s help.”
The heavyset criminal is seen on top of the Sports Chassis for at least 15 minutes starting at around 2:40 a.m.
“He is on top of the vehicle going through the process of trying to remove the satellite dish,” said Carter. “It may be difficult to get this dish off the truck.”
Surveillance cameras also captured images of the suspects’ getaway vehicle: a silver or gold, four-door car.
“Mobile Mike” says the suspects may have taken more items but they fled when a garbage truck showed up shortly after 3 a.m.
“This team of burglars was spooked when the garbage truck showed up,” said Carter.
“Mobile Mike” appealed for the public’s help.
“Come forward if you can identify these people,” he said. “It would be greatly appreciated. “If you have any information or even suspect something, if someone is trying to sell you this equipment, please come forward.”
“Mobile Mike” said it would take about 60 days to repair the Sports Chassis and he said repairs would be done in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
“Until then, until it’s fixed, I don’t k now what we’ll do,” he said. “We don’t have a vehicle like this that we can use for community service.”
BSO deputies scoured the Sports Chassis for evidence on Wednesday and also dusted it for fingerprints.
Anyone who recognizes the heavy-set criminal seen on the surveillance tape or who can help should call Broward Crimestoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).