Firefighters’ Cars Broken Into In 2 Separate Burglaries

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — More than a dozen personal vehicles belonging to firefighters were broken into Thursday night in two separate incidents in Miami-Dade.

Miami Beach Fire Rescue confirmed at 10 vehicles parked at Fire Station 4 on Indian Creek Drive were broken into between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.

“It’s an unfortunate incident. Just last week, several of these firefighters were down in the Keys rendering aid, rendering aid to everyone, so now they need our help,” said Miami Beach police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez.

Among the items taken from the cars and trucks were guns.

“Four firearms were taken. These are the personal firearms of these employees. They had been entered and registered with the serial numbers, so if or when they are located, we’ll automatically be able to gather more information,” said Rodriguez.

Six vehicles parked at fire station #7 at 9350 NW 22nd Avenue had their windows smashed and items from insider were taken, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The thefts were discovered then the firefighters returned from a call.

“We are aware of that incident and one of our detectives is over there working with those folks to see if they are any similarities. Obviously two different fire departments hit overnight. It something where we are taking measures across the city tonight and for the remainder of the week to ensure that all of our locations are safe,” said Rodriguez. “This just goes to show that no one is exempt from being a victim of crime.”

This was the second burglary at a county fire station in recent weeks.

Right after Hurricane Irma several vehicles were burglarized while they were parked at fire station #19 at 650 NW 131st Street.

Miami-Dade police are investigating the break ins to see if they are related.

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