By Peter D'Oench

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CUTLER BAY (CBSMiami) – The owner of a Cutler Bay smoke shop says his security cameras were instrumental in catching a crook in the act early Friday morning.

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Burglar seen inside Cutler Bay Smoke Shop from surveillance cameras. (CBS4)

Ben Carrasco’s security cameras captured images of a burglar scouring his smoke shop, located at 9869 East Fern Street. The burglar could be seen looking for items to steal, damaging the shop with items strewn everywhere along with broken glass.

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Items stolen from Cutler Bay Smoke Shop strewn all over road. (CBS4)

Items were even dropped along U.S. One.

Carrasco’s security system alerted him about the break-in.

“It is never pleasant being woken up by ADT in the middle of the night after something like this when I got here there were cop cars all over the scene,” said Carrasco.

When Carrasco saw the tape  of burglar inside his store he immediately thought, not again.

“This is not the first time that this is happened. Now I will probably have to take care of everything. Our door is damaged so hard to deal with this right now,” he explained.

Miami-Dade police responded with several cruisers and even searched for the suspect from a helicopter.

Eventually, a suspect was taken into custody.

Carrasco believes he is the same man captured on surveillance tape.

“I’m very pleased to know that this man was off the street and will be in jail for a long time and that he cannot come back and do this again,” he said.

Now Carrasco is cleaning up and trying to regroup after this burglary.

“I definitely appreciate all the work that everyone is doing and helping out here and putting into the community and hopefully this will not happen in the future.”

Carrasco is still adding up his losses.

It’s not known if the suspect in this burglary had an accomplice.


  1. The Smoke Shop robbed in the early morning is in Palmetto Bay not Cutler Bay.

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