MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two women visiting South Beach from the Pacific Northwest have gone from burglary victims to crime solvers, mostly arresting a woman and returning their stolen goods, a joyous end result made possible by much of the expertise.
Speaking to 7News on the phone on Monday, one of the many victims said she and her good friend were visiting from Oregon when the assailant was somehow able to enter their bedroom. Hilton hotel on Sixth Street and Ocean Drive.
The vacationer said it all happened within hours of their arrival.
“We were [there] 24 hours, ”she said.
The victim said the criminal stole expensive designer handbags, pockets, glasses and headphones.
“My purse went, the whole purse, and then my friend’s wallet came out of her purse, AirPods and chargers, and it was all gone,” the victim said.
But the guests were fortunate that the expensive headphones were among the many slipped items, as they were able to use an iPhone app to find their valuables.
“We started tracking his stolen Apple AirPods through his Apple Find My app,” the victim said.
According to Miami Beach Police, they actually adopted the headphones from location to location in real time.
Meanwhile, the victim said her good friend obtained textual content.
“[She got a] SMS from American Express to say her card was being used in that store, “she said,” and so we were like, ‘OK, so she’s in that store. Let’s go. ‘”
Investigators said a number of victims’ bank cards had been used at a number of businesses near Ninth Street and Washington Avenue.
“All night she was spending the money up and down Ocean Drive on credit cards,” the victim said.
Employees of a few of these stores gave them a glimpse of who used the stolen bank cards.
They eventually realized their belongings were on Lincoln Road.
It was on Lincoln Road that the victims met with police and located the woman who investigators said matched the profile suggested by the retailer’s staff.
“I said, ‘She has my purse and she’s wearing my sunglasses,'” the victim said.
Police arrested 24-year-old Jonnique Budhoo not for theft but for drug possession.
“They found stuff that was not mine in the purse,” said the victim.
What they found, police said, was cocaine and marijuana.
In their arrest report, officers said Budhoo was “being held pending further investigation.”
As for the victims, they bought most of their property, in addition to an unforgettable story of their night spent in South Beach, not to mention the admiration for the application of native law.
“We asked them if they were looking for detectives, and [one officer] is like, ‘Yeah, I have two apps in the car if you want them,’ ”the victim said.
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