Band of burglars targets cell phone store in Allappattah

Miami detectives search for group of 4 burglars

Detectives are searching for a group of four thieves. They wore hats, dark long-sleeve shirts, dark pants, and they used bandanas to cover their faces.

MIAMI – Detectives are searching for a group of four thieves. They wore hats, dark long-sleeve shirts, dark pants, and they used bandanas to cover their faces.  

During a recent heist on Aug. 29, police officers said they broke into The Global Cellulars Store at 2199 NW 20 St. in Miami's Allapattah neighborhood. 

"They had their faces covered with bandanas, plus they had hats and they had gloves on," the store manager told Local 10 News reporter Hatzel Vela.

According to Officer Kiara Delva, the band of burglars took more than 450 cellular phones and $4,000 in cash from a safe.

"They were able to hide around here for an hour before coming in again because the alarm didn't work, and they noticed no police showed up," the manager said. 

Delva is asking anyone with information to call the Miami Police Department's burglary unit at 305-603-6030 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.


About the Authors:

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba. 

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.