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Career burglar might have been busted by a baby monitor

The latest mugshot of Mark Lodigensky, one of the aliases of a career burglar arrested after a baby monitor caught a pair of robbers strolling through a Sunny Isles Beach home.
The latest mugshot of Mark Lodigensky, one of the aliases of a career burglar arrested after a baby monitor caught a pair of robbers strolling through a Sunny Isles Beach home. Miami Dade Corrections

A Florida Department of Law Enforcement records search reveals that Mark Lodigensky has devoted most of his life to taking others’ possessions. Among his own possessions are: a burglary career spanning more than 40 years, convictions on 23 felony charges, six aliases, and at least as many stretches in jail.

Lodigensky, 62, sits in Metro West Detention Center on a total of $60,000 bond on four counts of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and four counts of third-degree grand theft, allegedly because of a baby monitor.

Sunny Isles Beach resident Imadelle Previllon called police on April 19 when her home baby monitor sent her cellphone pictures of two men coming into her condominium — an older guy in a white baseball cap and light blue shirt with gloves, and a man wearing a red-and-white striped shirt with blue jeans. No baby was at home, but previous experience had prompted Previllon to use modern parenting technology for home security.

“We were burglarized before,” Previllon told the Herald. “So, we said, let’s point a camera at the door in case someone comes in while we’re gone.”

When the police arrived, they stopped 20-year-old Mike Mendoza, who was wearing a striped shirt and jeans. Mendoza, who faces two counts of burglary of an occupied dwelling and two counts of third-degree grand theft, made his $10,000 bond.

Meanwhile, Sunny Isles Beach police put out a flier with Lodigensky’s face. The City of Miami and Miramar police departments, among others, contacted Sunny Isles and helped bring in the career criminal.

At his bond hearing, Lodigensky pleaded for a $40,000 bond or less. Judge Mindy Glazer countered it should be far more, considering Lodigensky’s prolific pilfering.

40 year burglary career

23 convictions on felony charges

6 aliases

Neither the Sunny Isles condominium building at 17000 North Bay Rd. nor video baby monitors that could send pictures to your cellphone existed back when Lodigensky took his first conviction, for car burglary in June 1975.

The whole baby monitor setup still would’ve been considered Jetsons technology almost 30 years ago when Lodigensky took Fort Lauderdale police on a driving tour of homes he’d hit, according to a 1986 Sun Sentinel story. The story says Lodigensky told police about more than 50 break-ins he’d done in the Fort Lauderdale area. He got caught when a 12-year-old refused to let him in the front door. When Lodigensky climbed in a second floor window, the tween ordered him out, then scampered to a neighbor’s house and called police.

Soon after, Lodigensky did two years for car burglary.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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