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Police in Miami-Dade continue search after new video shows masked bandit striking again

Police in Miami-Dade County are searching for a masked bandit who is apparently on a crime spree.
Police in Miami-Dade County are searching for a masked bandit who is apparently on a crime spree.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Police in Miami-Dade County are searching for a masked bandit who is apparently on a crime spree.

Surveillance video obtained by Local 10 News shows what appears to be a man in a mask and a hoodie, hurling what looks like a brick into the Cartagena Colombian restaurant off Northwest 183rd Street.

Less than a minute later, the crook is seen leaving with something in his hand.

Miami Gardens police said the incident happened on Sept. 24 at 3:34 a.m.

Owners of the 2 Anointed Hands salon, which is located in the same strip mall, told Local 10 News they heard about the incident.

“It’s scary and it’s sad at the same time, because you never know when they’re going to strike,” said Dominique S., who declined to give her last name.

Police said the masked crook is a repeat offender that has burglarized multiple businesses in Miami Gardens and Miami Lakes over the last few weeks.

Most of the crimes have occurred between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. near Northwest 27th Avenue between 166th and 193rd Streets, and Northwest 183rd Street between 17th and 37th Avenues.

The suspect is said to have a thin build, wearing a black hoodie, a yellow Halloween-style mask and a red drawstring backpack.

In some cases, according to police, he steals cash. In other cases, he steals cigarettes and cigars.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

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About the Author:

Janine Stanwood joined Local 10 News in February 2004 as an assignment editor. She is now a general assignment reporter. Before moving to South Florida from her Washington home, Janine was the senior legislative correspondent for a United States senator on Capitol Hill.