Burglar arrested after leaving prints at scene of crime
Boca Raton, FL – On Friday evening, July 20, Boca Raton Police officers responded to a burglary to an apartment at 1200 NW 13th Street. The victim told officers that sometime between Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and Friday at 2:00 a.m., an unknown person broke into his apartment through the kitchen window and stole his handgun. The victim noticed his kitchen table, which sits under the window, was moved. The curtain rod was also moved and the screen was not flush with the window.
Boca Raton Crime Scene technicians processed the apartment and recovered several handprints, shoeprints, and bare footprints from the kitchen table. The location of the prints, along with the movement of the window curtain, is consistent with the kitchen window being the point of entry and exit for the burglary. The victim said he had just cleaned the table the day before the burglary, so it should have been free of prints. He added that although he speaks to several of his neighbors, he doesn’t socialize with them or invite them into his apartment. Officers spoke with his neighbors, including Patrick Hovsepian, who said he was home during the timeframe, but did not hear anything.
The prints were examined and it was determined that a palm print from the kitchen table was identified as belonging to Patrick Hovsepian. Hovsepian is one of the neighbors with whom the victim occasionally speaks. On Tuesday, July 24, detectives arrested Hovsepian and charged him with armed burglary and grand theft of a firearm.
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