A year after a truck and tractor-trailer carrying $400,000 worth of goods were stolen in Medley, police have arrested a father and son in the robbery.
Antonio Crespo-Alba, 52, and his son, 31-year-old Antonio Crespo-Garcia, were arrested Friday on charges of burglary and grand larceny, Miami-Dade Jail records show.
The truck and tractor-trailer were stolen from a truck yard at 9401 Northwest 106th Street on Nov. 4, 2022, arrest reports said.
Police said it contained cigars, over-the-counter medications, perfumes and shoes that were to be taken to Texas the next morning.
The day after the theft, the truck was found abandoned, but the trailer loaded with the items was still missing.
However, investigators learned from one of the victims that a GPS device had been strategically placed on the merchandise, and after several hours of searching, the trailer was found at a truck yard in the 20900 block of Southwest 172nd Avenue.
The trailer was attached to a truck and while police were arranging the tow, they were approached by Antonio Crespo-Garcia, who said the truck was his, an arrest report said.
Crespo-Garcia further told an investigator that although the truck was his, he had not used it since he loaned it to a friend, the report said.
Investigators determined that Crespo-Garcia was in the area where the truck and tractor-trailer were stolen and in the area where the truck was recovered before, during and after the theft, the report said.
According to the report, vehicles registered to Crespo-Garcia’s family members were also seen following the truck and trailer before it arrived at the truck yard.
Crespo-Alba was also in the area before, during and after the theft and his white Chevy Impala was seen driving into the area, a report said.
Investigators believe surveillance video showed the Impala waiting near the truck yard on the night of the robbery.
Both the father and son were arrested Friday as they left their home on Southwest 197th Street, arrest reports said.
Crespo-Alba invoked his right to remain silent, but Crespo-Garcia denied any involvement in the theft, the reports said.
Crespo-Garcia and Crespo-Alba were booked into jail, where their bond was set at $100,000 each, records show. Attorney information was not available.