HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – Gone in sixty seconds.
No, we’re not talking about the movie. That’s how much time it took thieves to steal a 31-foot Fountain boat from the front of a home at 4th Avenue and East 60th Street in Hialeah. The owner, Joel Jimenez, said the boat was recently remodeled and is worth more than $90 thousand.
Surveillance video shows a group of men in a pickup truck back up you and then someone appears to untie the boat. Its’ then attached to a hitch and just like that they drove away with it. The owner said the whole thing probably took less than a minute.
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“It was parked right here in front of my mom’s house and apparently five guys came and took it, hauled it right away,” said Jimenez. “That anybody could come and do something like that so quickly. I’m devastated.”
Yuniet Jimenez said her brother had kept his boat parked in front of her home for some time. Just after 2 a.m., she awoke to the sound of someone breaking the lock and making off with the family’s prized possession.
“I remember screaming, saying the boat it’s gone, it’s gone,” she said.
Jimenez said the speed at which this was done makes her think they were professionals.
“They are expert at this. This is not somebody new doing this,” she said.
Jimenez added that she believes they were being watched. Investigators say there have been a number of similar boat thefts in the area.
“It’s bad ,it’s hard,” said Jimenez. “It says something, it’s material, it’s nothing like a life but still, you know, it’s somebody who comes to get something that doesn’t belong to them.”
Jimenez’s boat is white and red and has the word Fountain on each side. Anyone with information on its whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.