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Published on June 12, 2024
Miami Shores Police Nab Suspect in Golf Course Theft Tied to Multi-State Crime SpreeSource: Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation

A 54-year-old man has been apprehended by Miami Shores Police for a recent theft at a local golf course, and is now facing charges related to a multi-state crime spree. Ivan Urquiza, also known by the alias "Philip Vincente," was arrested on June 4 after being found with stolen items, which included a Rolex watch, a firearm, and personal identification documents taken on May 30. WSVN reported that Urquiza has been eluding capture since 2013 and is wanted in multiple states for similar offenses.

The Miami Shores Police Department utilized surveillance footage and license plate reader technology to trace the items to Urquiza, ensuring they were quickly able to arrest him at his residence. This evidence linked him firmly to the theft incident that occurred during a round of golf when the victim's belongings were swiped from a golf cart. Jail records indicate Urquiza is now charged with third-degree grand theft, unlawful possession of a stolen debit or credit card, and dealing in stolen property, among other offenses. His arrest has also tied him to another crime at the Miami Beach Golf Club on January 15, noted Local 10.

During the investigation, detectives uncovered that Urquiza had been using the website to exploit young women. He painted a facade of affluence while allegedly using these women in conjunction to his orchestrated thefts at golf courses, as he traveled regularly across the country to carry out these criminal activities. "Given the scope of his activities, we suspect there are additional victims," the Miami Shores Police said, as per Local10.

Currently held at the Metro West Detention Center, Urquiza has been ruled ineligible to bond out due to outstanding warrants for theft and probation violations from out-of-state and out-of-county jurisdictions. He appeared in a Miami-Dade courtroom, where a judge waived his extradition on the warrants and ordered to stay away from the Miami Shores Country Club. Individuals who feel they may have been victimized by Urquiza are encouraged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 or the Miami Shores Police Department at 305-759-2468, for further assistance.

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