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Peephole camera catches burglars breaking into an apartment with power tools

A pair of brazen crooks use power tools to break into Miami apartment

A pair of brazen crooks used a drill to break into a Miami apartment on March 31, 2017.
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A pair of brazen crooks used a drill to break into a Miami apartment on March 31, 2017.

A man used a drill and a screwdriver to get into a locked apartment, while his buddy watched.

The two men can then be seen leaving, one with a black duffel bag and one with a colorful, rolling suitcase.

Both men were likely not aware that a peephole camera captured their every move. On Wednesday, Miami police released video of the men in hopes of identifying them.

Police say officers were called to the Oak Plaza Apartments, 1415 NW 15th Ave., on March 31 by a woman who said someone broke into her unit while she was out.

Video shows a closeup of a man wearing gloves and using a drill to jimmy the lock. Meanwhile, another man stands nearby and looks directly into the camera.

They are then seen leaving with the apartment owner’s luggage and $5,000 in cash and $10,000 in other valuables, police say.

The first man is described as having short hair and a full beard. He is between 30 and 35 years old and is 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall. Police say the man, who weighs about 175 pounds, was wearing a gray polo shirt and dark pants.

The second man is described as having a full beard, being between 20 and 30 years old and being 5 feet, 10 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall. Police say the man, who weighs about 160 pounds, was wearing a dark gray hoodie and dark pants.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Miami Police Department’s burglary office at 305-603-6030 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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