Missing trailer recovered by police in Sunrise after it was stolen in North Miami

It’s a huge sigh of relief for Sylvia Vanni, who is the co-founder of the Mystic Force Foundation, after police recovered her missing tailer.

The trailer used by the organization was stolen from her driveway at her home in North Miami, early Monday morning. Vanni took to social media and created fliers, desperately hoping someone would come forward. 

Vanni said she received huge support online. 

“We had over 1,000 shares (on Facebook) and that is actually the way that we were able to recover our trailer,” Vanni said. “A friend on Facebook saw the post, saw the trailer and called it in. Another friend also saw it and called it in. It was a mutual effort by so many and the news stations that covered it.”

Police were able to find the stolen trailer parked at a home in Sunrise, Monday evening. At this point, it’s not clear if the toys were still inside.

“I am totally ecstatic that Sunrise PD did an absolutely phenomenal job in recovering our trailer,” Vanni said. 

Police are questioning some people, but it’s not clear if anyone has been arrested or charged. 

The Mystic Force Foundation helps raise money for cancer research. It also collects toys for children who are undergoing cancer treatment in the hospital. Vanni made her mission to help children with cancer after losing her own son, who died of stage 4 neuroblastoma. 

If you’d like to donate, head to the website

Salvatore passed away just a month short of his eighth birthday. His death motivated Vanni to co-found the Mystic Force Foundation with her husband.

 

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Stolen trailer full of toys recovered in Sunrise

A stolen trailer containing toys intended for children with cancer was recovered late Monday night in Sunrise.

It’s a huge sigh of relief for Sylvia Vanni, who is the co-founder of the Mystic Force Foundation.

The trailer used by the organization was stolen from her driveway at her North Miami home early Monday morning. Vanni took to social media and created fliers, desperately hoping someone would come forward. 

Vanni said she received huge support online.

Tips led police to a home in Sunrise, where they found the trailer and many of the toys.

“When we arrived there, the toys were not in the trailer, but we waited until about 2:30 in the morning when Sunrise police obtained a search warrant for a shed that’s in the backyard,” Vanni told Local 10 News. “When we opened the shed, the majority of the toys were there.”

The Mystic Force Foundation helps raise money for cancer research. It also collects toys for children who are undergoing cancer treatment. Vanni made her mission to help children with cancer after losing her own son, who died of stage 4 neuroblastoma. 

Sunrise police arrested Dudley Merus, 30, and a teenager. They face charges of grand theft.

Vanni said the toys will be given to children who are battling cancer at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital next month.

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Palmer Trinity School student found with knife after threatening to kill classmate

A 17-year-old student at Palmer Trinity School was arrested Monday morning after he threatened via text message to kill his classmate. 

In the text, Daniel Rafael Villacampa wrote that he was going to shoot the victim and then stab him in the neck, police said.

A parent of another student caught wind of the threat and informed Palmetto Bay police.

Police went to the school and interviewed Villacampa. They then found a knife in his possession.

The student told police, “I carry it all the time, but never pull it out.”

Villacampa was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a deadly weapon on school property. 

A student reacted to the incident by saying it’s “sad.” 

“Just seeing what our world’s come to and stuff,” Brock Serrate said. “Hoping for a change in the future.” 

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Palmer Trinity School student found with knife after threatening to kill classmate

A 17-year-old student at Palmer Trinity School was arrested Monday morning after he threatened via text message to kill his classmate. 

In the text, Daniel Villacampa wrote that he was going to shoot the victim and then stab him in the neck, police said.

A parent of another student found out about the threat and informed Palmetto Bay police.

Police went to the school and interviewed Villacampa. Police said they found a knife in his possession.

“I carry it all the time, but never pull it out,” Villacampa told police, according to a police report.

Villacampa was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a deadly weapon on school property. 

A student who spoke to Local 10 News called the incident “sad.” 

“Just seeing what our world’s come to and stuff,” student Brock Serrate said. “Hopefully, hoping for a change in the future.” 

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Police find missing trailer filled with toys for children with cancer in Sunrise

A trailer packed full of toys that was stolen early Monday from the front of a home in North Miami was found at a home in Sunrise. 

Earlier in the day the trailer was reported missing by Sylvia Vanni the  co-founder of the Mystic Force Foundation. 

Vanni has made it her mission to help children with cancer after her son, Salvatore, died of stage 4 neuroblastoma. 

“He was 4 1/2 years old and he went through treatment for 3 1/2 years. He died one month shy of his eighth birthday,” Vanni said. 

Her son’s death motivated her to co-found the Mystic Force Foundation with her husband. 

“One hundred percent of our funds go to research. But we also try to help children throughout their treatment,” Vanni said. 

For Vanni, that means injecting a little bit of fun into young patients’ lives.

“Whenever we can bring happiness to them, we do,” Vanni said. 

Vanni collects hundreds of toys for the children on a regular basis — toys like the ones that made her son so happy.

But she was heartbroken Monday morning when she discovered that someone stole a trailer filled with toys from in front of her home in North Miami.

“Well, this morning my friend got here and said, ‘Where’s the trailer? Did you move it?’ And I thought she was kidding, and I realized, no, the trailer is really gone,” Vanni said. “I ran right over because I couldn’t believe that somebody could drive into our guard-gated community, hook up a trailer and just drive out like it was nothing.”

Vanni called North Miami police and posted fliers in the neighborhood and online.

“I want them to know that they’re stealing from kids with cancer,” Vanni said of the thieves.

By the end of the day the trailer was found in Sunrise. 

Those looking to donate toys can find information at mysticforcefoundation.com.

 

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5 in custody after police chase ends at Miami MacArthur South Senior High School

Five people were taken into custody Monday morning after a police chase ended in a crash at Miami MacArthur South Senior High School in Naranja.

Sky 10 was above the scene shortly after 11:30 a.m. as the suspects were handcuffed and put into the back of police cruisers.

Police chased the suspects south on Florida’s Turnpike before their car crashed into the side of a building at the school at 13990 SW 264th St. Authorities said the driver backed up and struck a Miami-Dade police vehicle.

“He just came down here and all of a sudden — sharp turn. As soon as they got in (the school), someone got out,” Christian Hansley, who witnessed the chase, said.

The suspects, who were driving a blue Hyundai Sonata, are believed to have been involved in two robberies.

Authorities said the suspects, who range in age from 12 to 27, first snatched a purse from a 60-year-old woman at a bus stop on Southwest 200th Street and U.S. 1before snatching a purse from a 94-year-old woman in the parking lot of the Sears department store at Southland Mall.

“There could have been other robberies other than the ones we have right now,” Miami-Dade police spokesman Dan Ferran said.

Authorities said the high school was placed on lockdown during the incident. The lockdown has since been lifted.

The portion of the building that the vehicle collided into sustained minor damage.

Police said the elderly victim had minor cuts after the robbery. No other injuries were reported.

The suspects’ identities were not immediately released.

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