Thieves Target Warehouse For Cigars

Burglars targeted a Tamarac warehouse in search of cigars for the second time since July. This time, however, one of the suspects was caught.

According to an article in the Sun Sentinel, Hermes Perez was arrested shortly after deputies interrupted four suspects who were breaking into the Florida Distributors warehouse. Detective are trying to determine if this group was the same one that on July 26 drove a white van into the parking lot, climbed a tree next to the warehouse, pried open the bars on the roof and then used a rope to climb down through a ceiling vent. After that break-in, the thieves stole an estimated $500,000 worth of cigars in 700 boxes. This time, however, the burglars left empty-handed.

The group followed the same pattern as the July group, but a security company saw them on surveillance video and called police. Deputies saw a white van drive away before the suspects ran off in different directions. Perez was caught and is now charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools. Deputies also found a sheet metal saw and extra blades in the van, which had been reported stolen in Miami. The men used the saw to cut through a garage door when they were unable to access the warehouse from the roof. The also left the rope at the scene.