Florida Parking Officer on Ride-Along Stole Credit Cards

A Miami Beach parking enforcement officer has been arrested after being accused of stealing while he was on a ride-along with a police officer.


MIAMI BEACH, Fla. --

A Miami Beach parking enforcement officer has been arrested after being accused of stealing while he was on a ride-along with a police officer.

According to the arrest report, Ramon Soler, 23, a parking enforcement officer, was on a ride-along assignment with a Miami Beach police officer on Feb. 19 when the officer pulled someone over on Alton Road on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Miami Beach police said that while the officer was conducting sobriety tests, Soler went into the person's car and stole $500 in cash and several credit cards from his wallet.

After the ride-along was over, Soler used the victim's Chase card for three transactions totaling $49.80 at a Miami gas station, according to the arrest report.

That same day, Soler bought parts for his Mustang online worth $9,694.44 using the victim's American Express card, Miami Beach police said. American Express placed a hold on the transaction because the shipping address was different from the customer's billing address and e-mailed the cardholder about the order, according to police.

On Feb. 21 and 22, Soler used the victim's Citi card six times, for a total of $171.75, according to the arrest affidavit, bringing the total of the thefts to $10,415.99.

Soler was arrested, and he faces several charges of fraud and theft. Miami Beach police said he confessed.

A representative of the city of Miami Beach said Soler has been relieved of his duties, and that the incident is under investigation.

Soler has been released from jail on bond.

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