MIAMI (CBMiami) – A rude awakening for dozens of residents of a Miami apartment building after they awake to find their vehicles had been broken into overnight.
It happened inside the Edificio Camacho Apartments’ parking garage at 120 SW 8th Avenue. Forty vehicles had their windows smashed in, some were burglarized.
“I woke up and I’m like ‘omg’ this can’t be happening, both of my cars got hit, I can’t believe it,” said Marco Garcia.
“I woke up this morning and I’m trying to go to work when I find out they broke into my car. The got into like forty something cars,” said Raymond Lopez. “Fortunately they didn’t take anything from my car but it’s a bad thing in a building, a private building, that those things happen.”
Lopez said when he went down to his car, at first he didn’t realize what had happened.
“I went to the passenger side of the car to put my things in because I’m a coach and I see all these people in the parking lot at the same time checking their cars. So that’s when I found a police report on my car and when I went to check I found my car was damaged, glass everywhere. It’s very disappointing,” said Lopez.
“I had to throw away my coffee because I didn’t need it anymore to wake up. I woke up from the shock because this is insane,” said Garcia.
The garage did have security gates.
“It has security to get inside building. We’re still trying to figure out how they entered the building to damage all the vehicles,” said Miami police spokeswoman Frederica Burden.
“The alarms never came up. We’re supposed to have (surveillance) cameras, so hopefully the police will do a full investigation and find those responsible for this incident,” said Lopez.
The garage’s surveillance cameras reportedly didn’t catch them getting in. However they did capture what looks like four men prowling through the parking lot around 3 a.m. On the video, the men are seen looking through windows with a flashlight and then using some kind of tool to punch them out.
At some point a resident pulls up and honks at the men who jump out a window and take off with their loot which included cash along with radios and GPS units.