Joint surveillance effort nets three potential burglars
Boca Raton, FL – On the morning of Wednesday, August 17 officers from the Boca Raton Police Department's Special Investigations Unit and Tactical Team were conducting surveillance in the southwest area of the City in response to a recent surge in residential burglaries.
During the surveillance, officers saw a silver four-door Nissan Sentra occupied by three people driving slowly through a neighborhood. Officers conducted a computer check on the license tag of the vehicle and discovered the registered owner lives in Miami. As officers continued to watch the vehicle, it became apparent that the occupants suspected they were being followed. Officers backed off and a short time later, they saw the vehicle parked in the driveway of a house near 1600 SW 12th Avenue. There were no other vehicles in the driveway. As officers watched, they saw a male walk from the north side of the house and go to the resident's front door. At this point, officers made contact with the vehicle and occupants.
The driver, identified as Leslie Lopez, told officers they were in Boca Raton looking for a house to buy. She said they had only been in the area for about 20 minutes, even though officers had been watching them for close to an hour, and had no real estate listings or specific addresses in which she was interested. She also said the men with her were not realtors. Officers then spoke with the passengers, Alberto Serrano and Ismael Zamora. They both said they were in Boca Raton looking for a house to buy. There were no writing materials inside the car and the house where they had stopped did not have for sale sign in the yard.
All three have extensive criminal histories which include burglary and theft. They were all charged with loitering and prowling.
Leslie Lopez Ismael Zamora Alberto Serrano
DOB 12/08/1973 DOB 03/24/1955 DOB 03/12/1961
Leigh, FL Miami, FL Miami, FL