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Police ask for help in locating laser machine thieves


Special to the Miami Herald

Police are asking for your help in apprehending at least two men and 10 laser hair removal machines, worth $40,000 to $125,000. One suspect was arrested after three males were seen on video camera stealing a $68,000 Candela laser hair removal machine at 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 27 from Spyros Med Spa, 5790 Bird Rd.

Twelve burglaries of these machines and laptop computers have occurred between Miami-Dade County and Indian River Shores, according to the South Miami Police Department.

“We want to emphasize that the investigation is still ongoing and if anyone has dealt with these guys or recently purchased machines that are stolen, to please contact us,” SMPD Sgt. Henry Guzman said. “We want to see if we can turn over some of these stones and try to get these individuals captured. Our main thing is we still have a lot of evidence and stolen property from a lot of jurisdictions and counties up to Indian River. We want to make sure to get the property back to as many owners as we can.”

Kelsey Williams, of Miami Gardens, was arrested in Miami Beach and charged with burglary, grand theft, and criminal mischief. In the video, Williams, 25, is shown with two other men in hoods after smashing through the front door of the South Miami spa. The suspects used a dark colored Ford F-150 with the license plate 190XBD in the burglary.

“We don’t want to give out too much information on how we got this guy,” Guzman said. “It was basically physical evidence is what I can tell you.”

On April 1, two machines were recovered by the South Miami Police Department. One machine, valued at $100,000, was stolen from Fort Lauderdale while the second machine, valued at $40,000, was stolen from Indian River Shores. Burglaries have also been reported in Coral Gables, Hialeah, Stuart, and throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

“We recovered those two because someone that bought them brought them both in,” SMPD chief Rene Landa said. “They came in and gave us the story of where they bought them from and everything else and it happened to be the same guy we were looking for. We arrested him (Williams) at 3:56 a.m. on Sunday.”

Anyone with information regarding the case should call SMPD detective Lisa King at 305-663-6308 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

“I think what happened is the driver of truck that was used in the situation had worked at a few of these properties,” Landa said. “What he does is, he used to fix the machines. Obviously knowing the machines and how much they cost when he fixed them. The next thing he did was realize: ‘hey, we are going to steal these machines with two other guys. We are going to come in at 2 a.m. and break a window and go inside and grab these machines and put them in a truck, drive away and resell them.’ 

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