Thieves seeking Jeep parts at airports exploit areas without cameras

Detectives arrest 2 suspects in crimes at 3 airports

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Two men, ages 22 and 25, stand accused of stealing from Jeeps parked at Miami, Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood international airports.

The suspects, Jonathan Quintero and Diogenes Morel Martinez, took the hood, the front bumper, a spare tire, and an antenna from a traveler’s Jeep on Sept. 7 at MIA, according to police.

“How in they heck could this happen in a parking garage?” the victim said. “They had taken the hood, the front bumper, both right and left fenders on the front, the spare tire and the antenna.”

The victim told Local 10 News that two or three other vehicles were also stripped of parts in the same parking garage.

MIA released a statement saying the surveillance cameras in the garages didn’t cover the area of the heist.

Last week, there were similar cases at Palm Beach International Airport in spots where there weren’t any surveillance cameras.

Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives said they witnessed the suspects stealing headlights and grills from two Jeep Wranglers Saturday inside a parking garage at Fort Lauderdale’s airport.

From there, they say the duo tried to commit a similar crime at Sawgrass Mills Mall, but were taken into custody.

They each face multiple charges, including armed burglary and grand theft.

Detectives were asking anyone with information about the case to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 and Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

About the Authors:

Alex Finnie joined the Local 10 News team in May 2018. South Florida is home! She was raised in Miami and attended the Cushman School and New World School of the Arts for high school.

Sanela Sabovic joined Local 10 News in September 2012 as an assignment editor and associate producer. In August 2015, she became a full-time reporter and fill-in traffic reporter. Sanela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a concentration in radio, television and film from DePaul University.