Thieves caught on camera stealing safe from Miami home

MIAMI – Miami police are searching for two burglars who were captured on surveillance video breaking into a home in Miami and then taking off with the victim’s safe.

Police publicly released the video Friday, which was captured on Jan. 23 in the 5100 block of Northwest Second Terrace.

According to Officer Michael Vega, who is also a spokesman for the police department, the victim’s brother left the home around 10:30 a.m. that day, and the victim returned home around 3 p.m. to find the front window screen removed and the front door unlocked.

The victim told police he then entered his home and saw that it had been ransacked.

He reviewed his home surveillance video and saw that two men had knocked on the front door of his home at 11:28 a.m.

The men are then seen trying to open the door before one of them removes the screen to the front window and leans in to unlock the door.

Police said the burglars then entered the home and are seen leaving a short time later with the victim’s safe.

Miami resident Maria Julia Diaz told Local 10 News she was surprised to hear of the break-in that happened in what she described as a quiet neighborhood.

“Around here--we don’t see that type of thing,” said Diaz. “It happens in other areas but not here.”

Neighbors like Diaz say they’re afraid they may become the next victim and hopes police will catch the crooks before they’re able to walk off with their property.

“I’m scared because I come outside frequently to get packages,” she said.

According to police, the safe had at least $1,000 in it and personal documents that belonged to the victim.

They described both burglars as Hispanic men between the ages of 30 and 40. Both appear to be between 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 5 feet, 10 inches tall. Police believe one weighs around 220 pounds and the other weighs between 230 to 240 pounds.

Anyone with information about their identities is asked to call the Miami Police Department’s Burglary Unit at 305-603-6030 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Local 10 News reporter Roy Ramos contributed to this story.

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