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As a result of a joint Miami-Dade County Police Department and Miami-Dade State Attorney`s Office investigation, 9 year Miami Dade Police Department Detective Karel Rosario has been arrested and charged with:

  • 1 count Dealing in Stolen Property 2nd Degree Felony
  • 1 count Grand Theft 2nd Degree Felony

After the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) executed a May 20, 2015 search warrant at the residence of Mrs. Yulia Martinez which resulted in her being taken into Federal custody and bonding out of jail, Yulia Martinez discovered that several pieces of jewelry, including a Cartier watch containing a custom diamond bezel, a gold bracelet with diamonds, Cartier-style Nail bracelet, Rolex Daytona watch, a Bulgari ring, Bulgari bracelet, a David Yurman bracelet and several expensive bottles of perfume, were missing from her residence. No receipts were left at the residence specifying the items that were seized during the search warrant, as is the normal police procedure.

On May 27, 2015, Rosario met at the Seybold Jewelry Building with jeweler Mr. Joel Hernandez in an effort to sell a Cartier watch and Cartier style Nail bracelet. Mr. Hernandez told Rosario that he was not interested in the purchase. However, Mr. Hernandez posted pictures of the Cartier watch to post on a social site named WhatsApp so that others in the jewelry trade could see it and respond if interested. These negotiations were captured on the jewelry store`s video surveillance camera.

Mr. Hernandez was soon contacted by jeweler Joel Vigo who sought to learn who was in possession of the Cartier watch and the Cartier style Nail bracelet. Mr. Vigo told Mr. Hernandez that he had sold that specific Cartier watch which contained a diamond bezel and the Cartier style Nail bracelet to Yulia Martinez` husband. Mr. Vigo later contacted Yulia Martinez and advised her of the incident. Yulia Martinez notified a member of the private defense bar because these items were missing after the search of her residence. On June 1, 2015, the attorney contacted the Miami Dade State Attorney`s Office (SAO) initiating a criminal investigation. Thereafter, State Attorney Investigator Supervisors working with the State Attorney`s Office Public Corruption Task Force made contact with Ms. Martinez, Mr. Hernandez, and Mr. Vigo. All parties were interviewed and Officer Rosario`s identification was verified.

Good police work always depends on an officer`s honesty and integrity. Honesty and integrity are the core values of every effective police agency, said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Detective Rosario`s stealing makes him no different than the thieves he would apprehend. This is a sad day for the law enforcement community.

Our integrity is fundamental to the Miami-Dade Police Department maintaining the trust of the community we protect and serve, stated Miami-Dade Police Director J.D. Patterson. That integrity, and the need to maintain the absolute trust of the community, requires that whenever one of our officers breaks the law, we hold that officer accountable.


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