Nearly $150,000 worth of jewelry stolen from Miami Beach home

Surveillance video shows 3 men jumping front gate of home

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Miami Beach police are searching for three men who were captured on surveillance video earlier this year jumping over the front gate of a home.

The burglary was reported Jan. 20 at a home on Hibiscus Drive.

According to an incident report, the victim returned home just after 11 a.m. from her workout and found that her bedroom had been ransacked.

The woman told police that she did not activate her alarm when she left, but locked all the doors and windows.

"We didn't have the alarm on at the time. That was stupid, but nobody does it," the woman's husband, who did not want to be identified, said. "Nowadays, everybody's doing it. But nobody does it (in this neighborhood) because you feel safe here. I mean, nothing happens."

Police said the thieves broke into the home by prying open a kitchen window. They said a wall safe had also been forced open and $146,500 worth of jewelry had been stolen, including a $25,000 women's wedding ring and a $2,500 men's wedding band.

Other rings, bracelets and watches were also stolen, police said.

A witness told detectives that he saw a man walking back and forth in front of the victim's home earlier that morning between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

He said the man was speaking on a cellphone.

The witness said he eventually lost sight of the man and then saw someone on a motorcycle drive around the block several times.

Authorities said three men were later captured on surveillance video jumping over the front gate of the home.

Anyone with information about the burglars' identities is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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