MIRAMAR

Intruders impersonating cops ransack Miramar home

 

cherrera@MiamiHerald.com

Three men impersonating police burst into a Miramar home early Thursday, beat up the homeowner and made off with cash, jewelry and electronics.

The incident began about 1:15 a.m. when a woman knocked on the door of the home on the 2000 block of Southwest 117th Avenue in the gated community of Villages of Renaissance.

Rick Estrada, 51, had just finished watching the Miami Heat victory over the Indianapolis Pacers when he told police a woman knocked on the door and asked him to verify the address, then she turned and left.

Soon after, there was another knock on the door at the home, said Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues.

This time, three men wearing bulletproof vests emblazoned with the word “police” and carrying swat badges and guns, were at the door. They were shouting that they had a search warrant. They burst into the house, followed by the woman.

They punched Estrada in the face several times, leaving him with purple bruises over his face and arms, and needing several stitches. They even put a gun to his elderly father’s head, he said.

“[My father] had no clue what they were looking for,” Estrada said.

As the four ransacked the house, Estrada was able to escape through the back door.

The intruders took about $20,000 worth of jewelry and cash from a safe in the home. They also took a plasma TV, several watches and other items.

Police are investigating the robbery.

“He’s shaken up, but my dad’s strong,” Richard Estrada said. “He’s just happy to live another day.”

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