Arrests made in Surfside stolen identities case

Law enforcement and prosecutors have taken several people into custody in connection with the stolen identities of the victims of the Surfside condo collapse.

According to sources, the suspects took the identities of seven people who either died in the collapse of the Champlain Towers South or survived, and opened up debit/credit cards in their names.

They were able to get names and dates of births from news reports, sources say.

The suspects are caught on surveillance video using the victims’ identity shopping at a department store

The Miami-Dade state attorney is expected to hold a news conference later Wednesday detailing the arrests, and videos and audio will be released.

Local 10 News first reported on these crimes back in July.

“I can’t wait to put a face to these deeds right now, and I think all of South Florida is eager to see who would do something like this,” Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said at the time. “What kind of person would do something like this? … I wouldn’t want to be that person right now.”

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