Burglary arrests earn honors for Kendall,Hammocks cops

Twin burglaries in Kendall’s two police districts resulted in multiple arrests and honors for Miami-Dade Police Kendall and Hammocks District officers in April. In both instances, police were able to identify and apprehend four unidentified culprits.


Detective Frank Reynolds of Kendall District was selected as Officer of the Month for his actions on Mar. 5 when he and a fellow officer were able to corral a suspect in the act of burglarizing a residence at 9011 SW 45 St.

The suspect was apprehended when Det. Reynolds saw a male attempting to exit the rear door, and upon eye contact saw him race into the arms of a second detective waiting at the home’s front door. Entrance had been gained to the residence by removal of jalousie window slats in a rear bathroom.

The arrested subject was in possession of approximately $1,000 in jewelry that was recovered and restored to the homeowner. The subject was charged with burglary, grand theft, possession of burglary tools and criminal mischief.

For his observation and investigative savvy, Det. Reynolds was honored for “a job well done” by chair Barry White at the Apr. 30 Citizens Advisory Committee meeting.


In Hammocks District, seven officers combined to pinpoint and arrest a subject who burglarized a southwest area home taking watches and other property.

Named as Officers of the Month were Sgt. Lazaro Perez, Detectives Jessica Bermudez, Karin Bobe, Julian Chica, Edward Henriquez, Fabian Owens and Frank Vargas.

On Apr. 8, the victim, leaving for work, had noted a burgundy-colored Mercury Sable parked in her assigned space, and upon returning home, found her door unlocked and her home burglarized.

In a follow-up investigation, the officers found that burgundy-colored Sable had been serviced at a Mobil gas station across the street from the home, one day before the thefts, thanks to the memory of an alert station attendant.

As a result, the officers were able to undertake a surveillance of the address on the vehicle registration, obtain a consent warrant for a search of the house and recovered the victim’s stolen watches.

The apprehended car owner informed the detectives of two others involved in the thefts leading to the recovery of a stolen Play Station 3 Game from a second home, and the victim’s security box, left in a dumpster at SW 184 Street and 137th Avenue.

All officers were honored on Apr. 30 with citations by chair James Blough of the Hammocks Citizens Advisory Committee upon recommendation by Maj. Arnold Palmer.

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