WEST MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two people are in police custody for allegedly burglarizing several businesses in West Miami.
According to West Miami police, officers were on routine patrol around 5:00 a.m. along SW 67th Avenue and 21st Street when they noticed a suspicious car with a woman at the wheel backing up with brake lights in front of a row of businesses.READ MORE: 2 Doral Police Officers Injured In Shooting Near Miami-Dade Police Headquarters; Suspect Killed ID'd By Police
“They stopped the car down the street. Another officer that was arriving saw, noticed someone coming out of the back door of the business,” explained West Miami Police Captain Nelson Andrew.
Police say the man had broken into a chain of stores by breaking down a wooden door at the cleaners on the corner.READ MORE: Shot Doral Police Officer In Serious But Stable Condition, Second Officer Recovering
The burglars broke through the walls between businesses to gain access to the cleaners, a pharmacy and an income tax and accounting office.
“They kicked the dry wall,” said Captain Nelson. “It’s all dry wall that separates one business from another.”
Along the way, police said the crooks stole items from every business including cash from the drycleaners and all sorts of stuff from the pharmacy such as cigarettes, sunglasses and lottery tickets.
“These people, they don’t know how much it takes to build a business,” said Eddy Alonso from The Sar Phamacy Discount. “We have a family to feed. We’re not doing a lot of business right now.”MORE NEWS: South Florida PBA Union President Steadman Stahl On Stress Of Being A Police Officer
Both the man and woman were taken into custody. Neither suspect has been identified.