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PINECREST (CBSMiami) — Pinecrest Police have arrested two men who reportedly broke into two homes and stole half a million dollars in jewelry, and they are looking for a third suspect.
The three suspects were seen on a Facebook Live video with a bag full of $100 bills bragging about their alleged illegal earnings, saying “We got a safe” and joking “Check, please!”
“These men were involved in burglaries where there was over $500,000 worth of jewelry and valuables stolen from two different houses within two weeks in Pinecrest,” said Village of Pinecrest Communications Manager Michelle Hammontree.
Investigators said burglars broke into a house in the 13200 block of Southwest 63rd Court between 4:10 and 5:45 p.m. Friday, May 27th.
A safe was stolen from the home with jewelry valued at more than $500,000.
Another home in the 6300 block of 107th Street was burglarized between 5:45 and 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9th.
Stolen jewelry valued at more than $10,000 as well as a screwdriver would later tie one of the arrested men to the burglary.
Raderius Glenn Collins, 18, was arrested May 27th and Marcus Terrell Parker, 27, was arrested June 11th.
Through a search warrant, police found much of the stolen jewelry at Xodium Jewelry and Watch located in the Southland Mall.
One of the suspects told officers that he and the other two individuals sold the stolen jewelry to the shop and received $1,300 each in return. He also said he watched much of the stolen gold pieces melted down at Xodium.
Jewelry was also found in the suspects’ homes and vehicles, including a safe taken from one of the burglarized houses that was abandoned alongside an open field at SW 224th Street and 115th Avenue.
Police are looking to identify owners of many of the pieces. “These men have committed crimes throughout the county. They happen to have been arrested in Pinecrest but there’s cases open in the county for them as well,” said Hammontree.
Preliminary charges for Collins include dealing in stolen property and grand theft, and Parker was charged with eluding police and driving with a suspended license.