Two suspected burglars arrested outside LA Fitness
Boca Raton, FL – On Monday, October 17th, at about 5:50 in the evening, Boca Raton Police Officers responded to a report of a suspicious incident at the L.A. Fitness, 4950 Technology Way. The caller said there were two males in the parking lot trying to break into cars.
When officers arrived, they met with two witnesses who said they saw two males in a Green Ford Focus pull up next to several different vehicles. The driver of the Focus would park next to a vehicle and one male would get out, look in the car, and try to open the door. The witnesses watched as the suspects did this two separate times before calling police.
Officers located the Ford Focus and made contact with the two occupants, identified as Christopher Nelson and Eric Burns. Officers first spoke with Nelson, who said he and Burns had driven straight to Boca Raton because Burns wanted to join LA Fitness and workout. However, Burns did not have any workout clothes, money, or identification with him. Officers then spoke with Burns who said he and Nelson happened to be in Boca Raton and decided they wanted to workout. Burns said they came up from Ft. Lauderdale and stopped at an unknown park before going to LA Fitness. Nelson told officers the Focus was rented by his girlfriend. When officers spoke with Nelson’s girlfriend, she said she had loaned the car to a friend and did not know Nelson was driving it.
Due to the high incidence of auto burglaries at LA Fitness, Nelson and Burns’ described actions and their conflicting stories, officers arrested them for loitering and prowling. When officers inventoried the Focus they found shards of glass on the floorboards, two black t-shirts on the backseat, and a piece of copper pipe in the trunk.
Christopher Nelson Eric Burns
DOB: 08/13/83 DOB: 01/23/92
Wilton Manors , FL Ft. Lauderdale, FL