‘They gutted us’: $900,000 in watches stolen from SW Miami-Dade business – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida business owner hopes clear surveillance video will help police catch thieves who he said broke in and took off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in high-end watches.

The costly heist unfolded on May 1 at Grobartig Watch Company, located along the 13500 block of Southwest 128th Street.

“We were robbed. We were robbed all night, between noon and around 6 a.m.,” said business owner Juan Torrens.

Security footage captured sparks as the crooks forced their way through the business using noisy power tools.

“They would cut my metal steel door,” Torrens said. “It’s steel, and there are crosses in the middle.”

Once they arrived, Torrens said, the subjects got to work and cleaned up the business, taking off with the expensive watches.

“All of this here was full of watches,” he said, pointing to now-empty shelves.

When asked for an estimate of the value of the slipped TechnoMarine watches, the business owner replied, “It was around $900,000.”

When asked how many watch boxes the thieves took away, Torrens replied, “Hundreds, thousands.”

The crooks took away the blue boxes, each containing 10 watches, which were stacked from floor to ceiling.

“They gutted us,” Torrens said.

Audio from the surveillance video captured the perpetrators speaking to each other in Spanish.

According to the business owner, the thieves said they had filled their van to capacity and should return to strike his business again if possible.

After the thieves fled, surveillance video from a nearby gas station showed the van turning right from Southwest 128th Street to 137th Avenue.

Before leaving, Torrens said, the subjects destroyed a laundry room that powered the internet for the watch store and several other businesses.

Miami-Dade police responded to the case shortly thereafter.

Friday evening, the thieves are still at large.

“They knew there were a lot of watches here, and they certainly worked for that,” Torrens said. “They came prepared. They were professionals; they came ready.

The owners of Grobartig Watch Company are offering $5,000 for information about the theft in addition to the $5,000 offered by Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers.

If you have any information about this theft or the whereabouts of the subjects, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Don’t forget that you can always remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a $10,000 reward.

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