Anonymous tip leads detectives to burglar
Boca Raton, FL On Thursday, July 14, Boca Raton Police officers investigated a residential burglary at 1000 East Camino Real. The victim, Marco Callegaro, told officers he left his apartment about 7:00 a.m. and when he returned at 8:45, he discovered the door's glass panes smashed out. Callegaro told officers his safe deposit box was emptied of jewelry and cash. Callegaro was unsure if other items were missing since he had an estate sale the previous Saturday and the apartment was in disarray.
On Monday, July 18, detectives received an anonymous call from a person who said Jeffrey Cooper had committed the burglary. The tipster provided information about Cooper's living arrangement, what kind of car he was driving, and that Cooper had attended Callegaro's estate sale. The tipster also described the property Cooper had stolen, which included a specific item not originally reported by Callegaro.
Detectives ran a computer check on Cooper and discovered he has an extensive criminal history, a suspended driver's license and an outstanding warrant out of Orange County for DUI. Boca Raton detectives located Cooper's girlfriend's address, which was near Callegaro's home. On Friday, July 22, detectives went to Cooper's girlfriend's residence and located the vehicle Cooper was known to drive. A short time later, detectives saw Cooper get into the car and drive away. Boca Raton officers initiated a traffic stop a short distance away and detectives spoke with Cooper. Cooper confessed to committing the burglary and told detectives where they could find the stolen property.
Detectives recovered Callegaro's property and charged Cooper with burglary and grand theft.
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