Dramatic home invasion video of a 'case built on tattoos'

Dramatic home invasion video of a ‘case built on tattoos’

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Dramatic home invasion video of a 'case built on tattoos'

Monday, September 8, 2014 1:39pm

CLEARWATER — The three robbers burst in like commandos, with masks covering their faces and gloves on their hands, as they waved guns and ransacked the home. Related News/Archive

They ripped down surveillance cameras. They pointed their weapons at peoples’ heads. They stole cash, televisions, video games and a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun.

And then they disappeared, without ever showing their faces or leaving a fingerprint.

No one was arrested. At first.

But the robbers missed something. They failed to notice a third surveillance camera, and it captured more than 200 pictures of the robbery, providing rare, scary and dramatic images of a home invasion in progress.

Even though the robbers covered their faces and hands, two left their arms uncovered. The camera photographed their tattoos.

So in a trial scheduled for this fall, prosecutors are expected to argue in court that in September 2012, Andre Miles, 27, and Tristan Hamilton, 29, were two of the men who broke into the home in the 1300 block of Union Street in Clearwater.

The proof, they will say, is inked on the men’s skin."This case is built on … tattoos," Assistant State Attorney Frank Piazza said in a preliminary hearing last week.Miles has previous convictions for aggravated assault, cocaine possession and other crimes. Hamilton has previous convictions for armed burglary and other crimes. Both are from Clearwater and have done prison time.Authorities suspect the robbers may have targeted people involved in drugs. One of the victims, Kyle DiChiera, is awaiting trial on a charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. But others who were in the house at the time were just visiting.The series of 200 photos shows one of the robbery victims being brought into a room at gunpoint. And then another robber drags a man across the floor by his shirt, while aiming his gun at the first victim. Multiple images show the robbers stalking through the house, sometimes pointing their guns. Two women and […]