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Miami-Dade family's home, business burglarized just weeks apart

Victims believe same culprits were involved in both burglaries

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Police are searching for burglars who broke into a South Florida family's home and their business just weeks apart.

Surveillance video shows the crooks breaking into the family's southwest Miami-Dade home on July 4, where they went straight for a safe.

"The way that they came straight to it, it's got to be somebody we know or (who) knows about us," Robert Lopez said. "They know that we weren't home. They knew that there was nobody here at the time."

Lopez said the thieves stole jewelry, guns and even the family's pet, an African grey parrot.

"I had my guns, we had jewelry, we had a lot of personal items -- stuff that's irreplaceable, stuff that belonged to my father, and stuff that I could never get again," Lopez said. 

In all, the thieves stole at least $100,000 worth of items from the home, Lopez said. 

The family believes the same thieves broke into their business early Monday.

Surveillance video shows the crooks snooping around for a little while, apparently searching for something specific.

The victims said the burglars didn't manage to find what they were looking for, so they ran out of the building and took off in a dark-colored, four-door sedan.

The family believes the crooks, who had their faces covered, knew who they were targeting.

"It's probably somebody really close to us that knows (us), that sees us, that eats with us, so we want to get to the bottom of it and let the authorities handle it," Lopez said.  

Police are still searching for the people involved in both burglaries.

"It's not what they took," Lopez said. "(They) violated your safe space, your home. Your kids and your family think that it's their protected area, so you feel pretty much violated."

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. The family is offering a $10,000 reward for any tips that lead to an arrest.
 


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