$13,000 stolen from safe at Miami Burger King, police say

Detectives believe 1 burglar was former employee

MIAMI – A burglary was reported early Monday at a Burger King in Miami, authorities said.

According to Miami police, two men broke into the Burger King at 1309 NW 20th St. about 3 a.m. and stole $13,000 from a safe that was anchored down under the front counter.

The men used a crowbar to break in through the drive-thru window and spent half an hour taking the safe off its bolts before they left with it through the rear door, police said.

Detectives said the thieves covered their face and hands, and it was clear that they "knew what he was doing."

According to police, one man has a distinctive tattoo that leads them to believe that he might be a former employee at the fast food restaurant.

"Anything is a possibility right now as far as a former employee or somebody that knows the system here -- somebody that's been watching them," Miami police spokesman Freddie Cruz said. 

Police said the burglars left in a van.

A similar burglary was reported a couple of weeks ago at a Burger King on Coral Way.

Detectives said the burglar did not cover his face during that burglary and they believe the incidents might be connected.

"We have to stop these guys. I mean, this is a very serious crime," Cruz said. "All fast food corporations should be on notice that these individuals came in at 3 a.m. and again, will they strike again? That's possible, so we need to apprehend them immediately."

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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