Miami Springs police have made another arrest of a man suspected of car burglary, after witnesses told officers they saw him try to enter vehicles then crash a stolen car while trying to escape.
Police arrested Earnest Edward Tynes, 24, last weekend and charged him with burglary of a vehicle, possession of a stolen car and fleeing. Other charges are pending. Police are investigating whether Tynes is involved in other recent crimes committed along Northwest 36th Street.
Tynes is the second man Miami Springs police have arrested recently in connection with car burglaries in the area. Police previously arrested Frederick Rolle, 37.
According to a report, at 8:15 a.m. on Sept. 27, a hotel employee saw Tynes rummaging through a car in the parking lot of Embassy Suites, 3974 NW South River Drive. The employee confronted the man and he ran. Two other people saw the suspect jump into a black Toyota Corolla and drive away.
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In his haste, Tynes crashed the Corolla into the rear of a parked pickup truck and the getaway car got hung up on the truck’s trailer hitch. Witnesses told police they saw Tynes bail out of the car and run away.
While police were searching the area, a resident called police to report that she saw a man trying to open vehicles at Lee Drive and South Royal Poinciana Boulevard. Sgt. Andres Quintanilla and Officer Carlos Nunez found the man trying to hide behind car in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 400 block of South Royal Poinciana Boulevard, where they arrested him.
Police said Tynes gave officers a false name but his true identity was quickly revealed. Police said the Corolla Tynes was driving had been reported stolen in the city of Miami.
Witnesses were brought to the scene and all identified Tynes. Police also obtained security video footage from the hotel. Tynes denied everything.