Two young men arrested by Hialeah police Friday night face charges of burglary and cruelty to animals after a residential break-in that involved what investigators termed a “heinous and cruel” killing of the family pet, a 6-year-old Yorkie.
Police first charged Luis Jimenez, 18, and Sadiel Iglesias, 19, with residential burglary, animal cruelty, grand theft and criminal mischief, but detectives found enough probable cause to charge the men for seven other burglaries that occurred in Hialeah’s Mango Hill area.
“They were pretty much terrorizing the neighborhood where Luis Jimenez lived,” said Carl Zogby, a Hialeah police spokesman. The two men were characterized in a news release by the police department as “cold-blooded criminals.”
Jimenez and Iglesias broke into a home in the 3000 block of West 11th Ave in Hialeah on Thursday, and at some point “brutally killed” the family’s small dog, according to police. Police did not say how the two killed the dog, or what was stolen from the home.
“We all understand that the act of invading someone’s home to steal from them is bad enough, but what the suspects did went beyond all that and demonstrated a disturbing propensity for evil,” Zogby said.
The two will be “exhaustively investigated by detectives,” officials said.