Crime

They broke in and stole $40,000 of merchandise, cops say. Then they crashed.

Niarco Garcia-Gonzalez, left and Alain Pacheco Puig
Niarco Garcia-Gonzalez, left and Alain Pacheco Puig - Miami-Dade police

Two men were arrested and a third was on the run after police say they burglarized the headquarters of Starboard Cruise Services just outside of Doral, took off in an SUV and then crashed into a tree, sparking a fire.

Niarco Garcia-Gonzalez, 57, and Alain Pacheco Puig, 45, were being held in Miami-Dade’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center Wednesday night on charges of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.

Police say they found stolen merchandise valued at $40,000 inside the SUV.

It all started just before 4 a.m. Wednesday when a security guard called 911 reporting an “in progress” burglary at Starboard Cruise Services, 9290 NW 112 Ave.

Doral police officers were the first to arrive and saw the men leave in a black Lincoln Navigator, Miami-Dade police said. “[Doral] officers were able to maintain a visual of the Navigator as it fled, losing sight of it at times,” police said.

At Northwest 114th Avenue and Northwest 74th Street, the driver lost control of the SUV and crashed into a tree.

Police said they quickly apprehended the driver, Garcia-Gonzalez. Officers were able to arrest Pacheco Puig in the nearby Palm Gardens community, police said.

A third man was not found.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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