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     Early morning thief steals backflow preventers

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Boca Raton, FL – Early Christmas morning, Boca Raton Police officers took five backflow preventer thefts at the following locations:

West Way Towing, 1600 NW Madrid Way
Art & Framing, 108 NW 20th St
City Electric Supply, 143 NW 16th Street
Kraeer Funeral Home, 1353 North Federal Highway
Investments Limited, 850 North Federal Highway.

The West Way Towing backflow preventer theft was captured on video. The video shows a gold older model SUV enter the area at 4:13 a.m. and park in the shadows in front of West Way Towing near the backflow preventer. The suspect exited the SUV and after a few minutes, got back into his SUV and drove away. There is additional video from a business near the Kraeer Funeral Home theft.

Thefts of these devices have climbed across the country, as the value of the metal components has increased. If anyone has information about these crimes, please call Detective Brandon Harding at (561) 620-6229 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Example of backflow preventer