Police track spike in burglaries in South Grove

30 burglaries reported there so far in 2013

By Christina Vazquez - Reporter

MIAMI - Police are tracking a spike in burglaries in Miami's South Coconut Grove neighborhood.

Police reported a total of 25 burglaries in the area west of Southwest 37th Avenue and south of Loquat Avenue in 2012. So far this year, they've reported 30 burglaries and half happened in June and August.

"We are in the midst of what is undeniably a crime spike that is taking place all across Coconut Grove," said Fernand Amandi, a burglary victim who lives and works in Coconut Grove. "There is zero tolerance now. Residents are no longer willing to tolerate even the crimes that in the past, we've been told it's just the way of life here."

"There's very few problems that are property related that can have such a negative impact as a burglary," said Miami Police Commander Manuel Morales. "Certainly August was an incredibly busy month."

Morales said crime statistics in Coconut Grove show burglaries tend to rise during the summer months. Police recently arrested two men -- Angel Mirando, who is accused of stealing several bicycles; and, Edward Rolle, who is accused of stealing handguns from a federal judge's home.

Police have added two additional patrol officers to the area and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, officials will be meeting with residents at Miami City Hall.

"To those people who say we don't put a high priority on burglaries, I would tell you that they can't be more dead wrong," said Morales.

"We are demanding action. They're going to be held accountable," said Amandi.

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