Police ID suspects accused in string of Doral car thefts

Suspects seen breaking into vehicles in Doral. (WPLG)

DORAL, Fla. – Doral police have identified three of four suspects believed to be connected to a string of car burglaries in Doral.

Eduardo Macias, 20, and Josiah Lebron, 17, are facing 18 counts of vehicle burglary, three counts of automobile theft, one count of criminal mischief and one count of violating probation.

Police also said that 18-year-old Joyce Ismael and an unidentified minor are facing two counts of resisting arrest without violence.

According to police, officers responded to the Las Brisas Community at 5707 NW 114th Ave. after a victim’s Hyundai Tucson was reported stolen.

Police said that upon arrival, they were approached by 17 victims who informed them that their vehicles were burglarized.

According to the arrest report, all the victims claimed that their vehicles were parked in the parking lot overnight last Wednesday and Thursday.

Police said the victims stated they found their vehicle interiors in disarray as if they had been ransacked and had various items missing from each.

Local 10 News obtained surveillance video from the community and from a vehicle dash camera that depicted two light-skinned men walking around the apartment complex.

The men were seen walking together throughout the community, opening multiple vehicle doors by pulling on the door handles.

Police said that around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, the suspect was observed driving toward the back of the community in a Hyundai Tucson, the same vehicle that was reported stolen.

According to the arrest report, one of the suspects exited the Hyundai, walked towards a black GMC Yukon and then entered the vehicle.

Police said both vehicles were seen speeding away from the community.

Authorities said the stolen Hyundai Tucson was recovered abandoned near the 5900 block of Northwest 114th Avenue, just two blocks away from where the call to police was made.

According to detectives, further investigation revealed multiple vehicle burglaries and an additional auto theft occurred in the Community of the Courts at 6400 NW 114th Ave.

After investigating the area, police said they located a 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe which was reported stolen on Thursday parked in an unoccupied parking lot at W. 110th Street and W. 34th Way.

After locating Lebron near the unoccupied vehicle, police took him into custody.

Authorities said the GMC Yukon that was taken in the crime spree was later recovered in the same community where Macias lives.

Police said they found Macias’ driver’s license inside the SUV.

Eduardo Macias, 20, is facing 18 counts of vehicle burglary, three counts of automobile theft, one count of criminal mischief and one count of violating probation. (Doral Police Department)

According to the arrest report, police recovered $1,067 in stolen merchandise from 17 vehicles.

Police said Macias was transported to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

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