Woman accused of breaking into vehicles outside Miami fire station

Chelsea Lee Velez, 18, spent more than $500 on stolen credit card, police say

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI - A South Florida woman was arrested Thursday for breaking into vehicles overnight outside a Miami fire station, authorities said.

Miami police said Chelsea Lee Velez, 18, burglarized 10 vehicles overnight Wednesday that belong to firefighters at the Miami Fire Rescue Station 9 at 69 NE 62nd St.

According to an arrest report, Velez smashed the windows of the vehicles and stole three handguns and multiple wallets from the cars.

Authorities said Velez jumped an enclosed iron gate to get on the property.

Detectives said they were able to identify her after she used one of the victim's credit cards to make an online clothing purchase of $579.09. The shipping address was her home in Miami, police said.

Authorities served a search warrant at Velez's home in Little Haiti on Thursday and found two guns, multiple credit cards and IDs, two Canon cameras, multiple cellphones, a Samsung Galaxy tablet and several boxes of live ammunition for different types of weapons, the report said.

Police said Velez confessed to being near the scene of the burglaries with other people, but denied going onto the property of the fire station. 

She was arrested on charges of armed burglary, criminal mischief, fraudulent use of a credit card and armed grand theft. 


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