Pinecrest

Cops say thieves stole $500,000 jewelry, sold it, flashed cash on Facebook

One of the main entranceways at the Southland Mall in Cutler Bay.
One of the main entranceways at the Southland Mall in Cutler Bay.

Raderius Collins pleaded not guilty in court to seven felony charges stemming from two Pinecrest burglaries and, on his Facebook page, to any charges of giving up his alleged accomplices. Collins claims to be “too real for that.”

But it’s Collins who police say gave up the place at Southland Mall where police say they found most of a $500,000 jewelry theft. And it’s a video on Collins’ Facebook page that Pinecrest police hope leads to identifying the third member of the trio they believe committed robberies along with Collins, 18, and Marcus Parker, 27.

The video shows Collins and his pals flashing cash hours after robbers hit a Pinecrest home on May 27 for a safe and that half million worth of jewelry. Police say Collins admitted each member of the group got $1,300 from the fence at Xodium Jewelry & Watch repairs. At one point, Collins says, “We got a safe.”

Collins blamed Facebook. The arrest affidavit said Collins got upset when he learned he’d sold approximately $400,000 worth of stolen goods for $3,900.

The affidavit also says police found the stolen safe about 1,000 feet from Collins’ home, in the 22000 block of Southwest 114th Place. That put them onto Collins, whose learner’s permit doesn’t allow him to drive solo, as he did when he drove a truck rented by his aunt. Police say they followed Collins on June 10, busted him after what looked like a drug buy and found a screwdriver stolen from a set in a home robbery the previous night.

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

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