Miami Gardens - Opa-locka

Police: Man arrested in Opa-locka after stealing $116,000 worth of merchandise

A man was arrested Tuesday after police say he stole a tractor, trailer and several pallets of clothing.

Jeronimo Becerra Alvarez, 42, now faces charges of cargo theft, grand theft, fleeing and eluding and resisting without violence.

According to police, it all began Sunday when the trailer and pallets of clothing going to Greenfield, Indiana, were stolen from 7151 NW 27th Ave.

The $116,000 worth of equipment and merchandise, however, was recovered Monday and returned to the leasing company, police said.

But detectives say that about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday the trailer and merchandise were stolen for a second time. With the help of a GPS tracker, officers arrived at Northwest 116th Street and Northwest 34th Avenue in Opa-locka, where they found Alvarez attaching the trailer to a stolen tractor, police said.

Officers followed him, and he attempted to flee, according to police. Alvarez was arrested and the stolen equipment and merchandise were recovered.