Beefed up patrols yield more arrests of suspects targeting homes
Boca Raton, FL – The Boca Raton Police Services Department Tactical (TAC) Team and other officers were busy on Tuesday cracking down on suspects committing residential burglaries. Around 10:30 AM members of the TAC Team were patrolling the neighborhoods in Strathmore and Boca Madera.
While on patrol, officers spotted a dark blue Chrysler 300 with windows tinted, much darker than allowed by law. Officers monitored the car as the occupants drove down NW 34th Street. A check of the license plate showed the car came back to a rental car agency. Officers observed the car as it drove throughout the neighborhood without an apparent destination before pulling it over.
Officers immediately smelled marijuana coming from the car. Both occupants were questioned and had differing stories. One occupant, Adrian Brown said he was from Lauderhill but could not explain why they were in that neighborhood. The other suspect, Rodney Stephens, also from Lauderhill said he was going to a job interview but could not provide where it was or provide any verifying information. Stephens later admitted that they came to Boca Raton to break into houses.
Both suspects were charged with Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and not wearing seatbelts. Brown was also charged with not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign and the tint being too dark on the vehicles windows.
Adrian Brown Rodney Stephens
DOB: 1/21/91 DOB: 5/17/92
Lauderhill, FL Lauderhill, FL