SHORES OF MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN)-Residents of a South Florida neighborhood had their cars broken into, with one victim saying she had been hit twice.
The sounds of breaking glass play in the background from surveillance cameras that caught the thieves in the act.
Residents along Northwest 105th Street in Miami Shores are fed up.
“It’s a shame and very disappointing just to look at the cameras and see how little scared they were,” Elise Stewart said.
“All the glass is on the floor, someone came and broke the window,” said Helio Coelho.
On Monday morning, many residents woke up to severe damage.
Miami Shores police reported that at least 22 vehicles were stolen overnight, most of them on the 105 between North Miami and Northwest Second avenues.
“I have four or five cameras in my house, and that’s not enough because they wear the mask and I have alerts, people know they’re being recorded and they just don’t care,” Coelho said.
“Breaking into a car is a big deal,” said Louis Belhoste.
He said that he and his neighbors have been beaten over and over again.
“It’s crazy. It’s like breaking windows, not even checking to see if the door is locked,” Belhoste said. “It’s just breaking windows and going in.”
Vehicle break-ins are a huge problem throughout South Florida and have become common.
“When I got out, the door of my truck was open. Everything was taken out of my vehicle,” said Tony López.
A gated community in Miami Lakes was attacked over the weekend. Thieves raided dozens of attractions along Northwest Courthouse 87 early Sunday.
“They stole my two cell phones, my firearm, papers, things for my business,” López said.
Surveillance video caught the robbers going from house to house, just as the other group did, a day later in Miami Shores.
“There’s a lot going on in the neighborhood, and we’re tired of this, you know,” Coelho said.
“It’s disgusting, it’s disgusting how brazen they are,” Stewart said.
“Clearly they are not afraid. They are not afraid,” said a woman in a yellow shirt.
A neighbor said he got a good look at the car they were in and noticed it was a white Volkswagen Passat.
If you have information about this latest series of carjackings, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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