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High-End Birkin Heist

Duo Stuffs $2 Million Worth of Hermès Handbags in Garbage Cans at Miami Beach Hotel

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – In a daring predawn heist reminiscent of Hollywood blockbusters, a duo executed a meticulously planned raid on a high-end store nestled within the luxurious confines of a five-star Miami Beach hotel. Their target? The prestigious Hermès handbags, valued at nearly $2 million. However, their audacious scheme was thwarted by swift police action, leading to the apprehension of at least one suspect.

The meticulously orchestrated robbery unfolded shortly after 2:45 a.m. at Wrist Aficionado, an upscale boutique ensconced within The Setai hotel at 2001 Collins Ave. on South Beach. According to law enforcement authorities, surveillance footage captured the clandestine operation as it unfolded in the dead of night.

Dressed in black attire accentuated by a yellow reflective raincoat, one of the perpetrators emerged from a pilfered work van, swiftly manipulating the locks of the targeted establishment. Subsequently, Eduardo Travieso Garcia, 45, hailing from southwest Miami-Dade, emerged from the shadows, brandishing a sizable gray garbage bin. Accompanied by his cohort, another bin was strategically placed outside the store’s entrance.

Undeterred by the risk, the duo re-entered the premises, voraciously scooping up a staggering cache of Hermès Birkin bags, coveted for their opulent allure and exorbitant price tags. Within moments, they emerged, their loot concealed within the innocuous guise of garbage bins, their value far exceeding their outward appearance.

With their ill-gotten gains secured, the duo hastily retreated, fleeing the scene in their respective vehicles – the stolen work van and an orange Hyundai Santa Fe, linked to Garcia. However, their bid for freedom was short-lived, as law enforcement agencies swiftly mobilized, utilizing advanced license plate recognition technology to trace their movements.

Notably, the orange Hyundai Santa Fe had piqued the interest of authorities in Hillsborough County, its involvement in a prior jewelry store heist echoing the brazen tactics employed in the Miami Beach robbery. Armed with incriminating evidence, detectives converged on Garcia’s residence in the Olympia Heights area, promptly taking him into custody.

During subsequent interrogation, Garcia reportedly provided authorities with a comprehensive confession, shedding light on the intricacies of the meticulously planned operation. Charged with first-degree grand theft, burglary, and unlawful use of a communications device, Garcia now resides within the confines of the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, his freedom contingent upon a formidable $100,000 bond.

As the legal proceedings unfold, lingering questions persist regarding the identity of Garcia’s alleged accomplice and the fate of the purloined Hermès handbags. Nevertheless, the swift apprehension of one perpetrator stands as a testament to law enforcement’s unwavering commitment to upholding justice in the face of audacious criminal endeavors.


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