“We have one suspect in custody and the arrest of the other suspect is imminent,” said Miami Springs Police Detective Harry Mayer.
Since early October 2012, Mayer has been working on the burglary of a home in the 200 block of Carlisle Drive. The case has been a top priority because two teenage male suspects allegedly stole almost $9,000 in property, including four high-powered rifles, a shotgun and 8,000 rounds of various caliber ammunition.
The rifles include an Enfield 303, Remington 270, Sig Sauer 522 and a Bushmaster AR-15, along with a 12-gauge Remington shotgun. Cases for all the guns were also taken. The burglars also took a K-bar knife, two computers, a GPS, coin collection, cell phone and two backpacks.
Mayer said police officers from several agencies have helped follow the trail of the guns, which led to the recent recovery of the Enfield and the arrest of one of the suspects who was already in jail on an unrelated burglary charge.
According to a report, the 17-year-old waived his rights and admitted his role in the burglary. The boy said he and another 17-year-old boy (who turned 18 in early January) found a large rock in the yard of the targeted home, wrapped it in a T-shirt, and used it to break a kitchen window. The two entered the home through the window, gathered the loot, and left through the kitchen door.
The suspect said the shotgun was sold to a Hialeah friend and the GPS was sold at a mobile phone store in Hialeah. The boy said his partner sold the AR-15 to an unidentified relative. Detectives followed evidence to Palm Beach County to recover the Enfield from a person who bought it without knowing it had been stolen.
The jailed youth’s confession and evidence gathered from the crime scene led to the identification of the second suspect, a Virginia Gardens resident and Miami Springs High School dropout.
“I’ve been negotiating with his attorney for the suspect to turn himself in,” said Mayer. “The main thing I want is to recover the guns and get them off the streets.”