Men target tourists' vehicles, steal valuables, police say

Police say suspects target business areas looking for travelers

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor
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From left: Julio Morales-Boches, Jose Manuel Ortiz

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. - Police arrested two men who they say targeted the vehicles of tourists in South Florida.

Julio Morales-Boches, 45, and Jose Manuel Ortiz, 44, are accused of breaking into multiple vehicles in both the Florida City and Key Largo area.

Officers said the men target business areas such as gas stations and restaurants, and break into tourists' cars to steal their luggage, electronics and other valuables.

The suspects were arrested in Florida City on Aug. 9. They were released on bond and were then arrested this week in Orlando for allegedly committing the same type of crimes. They are still in custody at this time.

Anyone with more information on these two suspects is asked to call detective Lyn Robinson at 305-247-8223, extension 314.

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