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Miami burglary crew with appetite for luxury preys on flashy social media users

MIAMI – On Instagram, Aroldis Chapman shows off his love of luxury watches, thick gold chains and big diamond earrings.

Xandi Garcia, a convicted felon who is already facing charges in a $1.7 million burglary victimizing Eric “The Jeweler” Mavashev, placed Chapman’s home in Davie under surveillance with the help of two accomplices, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.

“They used social media to find victims and we used social media to find them,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said.

Before Garcia, 30, of Miami Lakes, could target Chapman, a flashy Instagram user helped one of his alleged victims to identify him as the suspected burglar late last year.

His 32-year-old girlfriend, Maybel Sanchez, was allegedly using Instagram to show off some of the items that he was accused of stealing — including Rolex watches and a diamond pendant.

To stalk their victims, detectives said the crew also used real-time Global Positioning System satellite tracking devices and other technology. Their alleged use of satellite imagery prompted Fernandez Rundle to compare their tactics to those used by seasoned police investigators.

“When the bad guys are using mobile tracking devices and putting them on innocent victims’ cars that’s a game-changer,” said Howard Rosen, the deputy chief for special prosecutions.

Click here to see Local 10’s coverage of this operation.

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