Armed invader ties up owner of Coral Gables mansion, escapes in her Aston Martin car

The mansion on Avida Parway in Coral Gables was robbed Thursday night.
The mansion on Avida Parway in Coral Gables was robbed Thursday night.
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The masked robber had his prize: a $120,000 black Aston Martin, black, the kind James Bond likes.

He had just left its owner tied up in her $11 million mansion in Gables Estates, the kind of neighborhood fronted by a guardhouse, ringed by waterways and shrouded in privacy.

The roads were clear for a clean getaway.

Now that he had his car, what to do with it?

Apparently not much.

With the car’s description and license tag flashed all over Miami news stations and websites Friday, the robber abandoned it.

Officers found the empty car in Kendall, on Southwest 146th Lane at 126th Place. No stolen items were found inside.

The robber was still on the loose Friday evening.

The home invasion shocked the female resident of the mansion exiting the bathroom, and then shocked the whole exclusive neighborhood.

“He bound and tied her up and ransacked the home,” Coral Gables police spokesman Kelly Denham told reporters. “She was able to untie herself and contact the Coral Gables Police Department.”

But not before the mansion was ransacked and the two-door 2011 sports car gone.

Police swarmed the neighborhood after the robbery and stayed most of Friday morning looking for clues.

Detectives also viewed security camera footage for possible leads.

The woman was not hurt in the home invasion.

Property records show the home is owned by Steven and Linda Ruffe.

Steven Ruffe is the president of Ruffe Systems Inc., a medical billing service provider based in Coral Gables. He did not return a message left at his workplace.

The brazen robber got past private security guards that patrol the community on grounds and water.

“The security here is unbelievable. It’s one of the reasons we moved here; and quite frankly, it’s a big surprise, big, big surprise,” Gables Estates resident Benjamin Leon told CBS4. “I’m sure the way they’ve always dealt with these kind of situations, they’ll catch this guy.”

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