Miami Springs Police arrested two men on May 27 and charged them with loitering and prowling. The men were identified as Joseph Perez, 37, and Alan Garcia, 34. Both gave City of Miami addresses and both have lengthy records for burglary.
According to a report, the men were parked in front of a home in the 200 block of Palmetto Drive and a neighbor called police because she didn’t recognize the 2008 black Mercedes. When the caller walked outside, she saw one of the men walking toward her neighbor’s home.
When the man saw the witness, he got back into the car and sped away, just as Officer Jimmy Pessolano turned onto the block. The Mercedes fled the area at a high rate of speed as backup officers raced to assist. The car was pulled over at Westward Drive and Ludlam Road and the suspects were arrested at gunpoint.
Police found garden gloves inside the car and both men gave conflicting stories as to why they were in the area. However, loitering and prowling were the only charges that could be levied under the law.
“These guys are pros,” said Detective Harry Mayer. “They’re not going to admit to anything. The neighbor made this happen. We want people to be vigilant and call the police.”