Miami-Dade police detectives had noticed that crime victims were followed from their financial institution in northwest Miami-Dade and were subsequently robbed or had their vehicles burglarized.
On Wednesday, they set up surveillance that led to the arrest of five men in their 20s. The five were charged with a vehicle burglary, grand theft of a firearm, petit theft stemming from stealing video games, loitering and prowling and possession of marijuana, according to a police report.
On the day of their arrests, Shane Rahmings, 20; Caleb Brown, 21; Andrew Ramos, 22; Christian Velazquez, 20; and Devonte Carter, 21, were spotted around 10:30 a.m. in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot on Northwest 186th Street and 67th Avenue. Police were surveilling the lot due to recent vehicle burglaries in bank parking lots in the area.
Detectives spotted the five men smoking marijuana in and around a silver Nissan Altima before they exited the parking lot, the arrest record says. The detectives followed the men to the Walmart on NW 5851 177th St., according to the report.
Detectives used the store’s video surveillance system to witness Brown placing five to six video games in a book bag as the four others gathered around him, according to the arrest reports
After the men left Walmart without attempting to pay for the game, the detectives arrested them. In searching the car, detectives found marijuana, bullets, a black mask and a stolen gun, according to the arrest reports.