The North Miami Police Department’s "Officer of the Month” for November 2011 is Acting Sergeant Tim Belcher, who is currently assigned to the Patrol Section, Afternoon shift. Commander Peter Cruz nominated him for his initiative, investigative skills and due diligence.
On November 2, 2011, Sgt. Belcher noticed a black male standing on the north side of a local BP gas station, glancing back at a second male standing behind an unoccupied Mercedes. He circled the block, so as not to be seen, and observed the first subject make physical contact with the second male and a black female. After noticing Sgt. Belcher, the second subject placed a yellow envelope in the right rear of the car. The female placed a yellow envelope in the left rear of the Mercedes. The female placed a small white box through the left rear passenger door. The three subjects then entered a Dodge Charger parked at a pump. A fourth subject walked away. Sgt. Belcher conducted a traffic stop while requesting backup.
The female driver had no DL and the two males did not have any ID. Sgt. Belcher noticed the front passenger making furtive movement with his right hand, so Sgt. Belcher conducted a pat down and a search of the passenger compartment. During the pat down a “Infiniti” key with remote was discovered along with a Florida Driver’s License and ID card and a Visa credit card all belonging to victims of a recent burglary. The subject was escorted to the Mercedes and removed a a white box containing a “Tablet” computer along with the yellow envelope. The mother of the female subject advised she was the owner of the Mercedes and the computer belonged to her daughter. The female subject confirmed it was hers, but she had no receipt as she had purchased it from a Flea Market, used. The yellow envelope contained multiple forms of identifications belonging to the victims of the recent robbery. The subject retrieving the envelope advised it belonged to a friend of his who asked him to hold it. He was placed in custody for investigative purposes. The female subject was cited for Driving with a Suspended License with Knowledge. The first subject gave a false name and as Sgt. Belcher approached the vehicle to get his correct name, he saw him lying in the rear passenger seat near a black bag and yellow bag. He provided his correct name which showed an active bench warrant for Driving While License Suspended.
A check of the bags revealed items including tennis shoes, a green paint ball gun, miscellaneous jewelry, five rolls of toilet paper and a flat head screwdriver. After making contact with the burglary victim, who advised of a recent burglary to his residence, the missing items matched the items discovered in the Mercedes and the Dodge Charger. All three subjects were arrested for charges of Burglary to an Unoccupied Dwelling, Criminal Use of Personal Identification, Grant Theft and Possession of Burglary Tools.
Acting Sergeant Belcher was chosen as Officer of the Month for November 2011 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club, on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Noon.