Miami, FL – A Montreal family is turning to the public for help, hoping someone saw the thief who stole their luggage from their car in broad daylight shortly after they landed in Miami.
Shlomo and Devory Kadosh had just arrived in South Florida with five of their children and were on their way to their hotel when they made a short stop at Haulover Beach on Collins Avenue at approximately noon on Wednesday to enjoy the sunshine, reported WSVN News (http://bit.ly/2FzNmAQ).
Returning to their white Toyota, which they had parked in a public lot, they found that the SUV’s two passenger side windows had been shattered and the interior of the vehicle completely emptied out.
“They took our clothes,” said Shlomo Kadosh. “They took our valuables. They took … cash, personal items.”
“All they left behind is thousands of pieces of glass over the car and the floor,” added Kadosh.
Kadosh said that they had locked the SUV’s doors when they went to enjoy the scenery and that he was under the impression that there were regular police patrols in the area. Also missing were credit cards, all of the family passports and a copy of the recent wedding of another Kadosh daughter.
The Kadoshes spent Wednesday night in Walmart, picking up items for the children to wear.
Mark Rosenberg, who resides in Miami, and director of Florida’s Chesed Shel Emes, said that robberies like this are common in the Miami area, with would be thieves on the lookout for visitors on their way to and from the airport.
“They look in and they see the suitcases and they may not need your tefillin or your fur coat or your shtreimel but they don’t know what is in your bags so they just take everything,” Rosenberg told VIN News.
Haulover Beach, which typically does not attract swimmers due to riptides and strong currents, is known to be a popular spot for Orthodox Jews who want to enjoy beautiful ocean vistas while avoiding those who are immodestly clad.
A small booth in the parking area gives visitors the impression that the area is under watch, but Rosenberg said that it is unmanned, lulling visitors into a false sense of security.
Once visitors pass a row of large palm trees in the area to get to the beach, they can no longer see their cars, making it easy for a prime spot for thieves who move in quickly to snatch their ill-gotten gains.
“The message has to go out there,” said Rosenberg. “There are people who sit a lot just waiting for cars loaded with suitcases to pull in and once you leave your car, even if your car is locked and has an alarm, they will still grab what they can and run.”
Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Police said that callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.