Neighbor alerts police to burglar
Boca Raton, FL – On Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 12:05 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to 580 NW 13th Drive after they received a report of a suspicious male carrying a laptop, wearing a striped shirt and walking around the outside of the residence.
Arriving officers saw a male matching the suspect’s description walk from the rear of 580 NW 13th Drive then turn around and walk back behind the house. The officer also saw the male, identified as Matthew Benvenuto, tampering with the patio screen. Benvenuto left the rear of the house and walked to NW 13th Drive, then headed east.
The officer approached Benvenuto, who initially denied breaking into any homes. Officers checking the area found a laptop behind the home at 580 NW 13th Drive in the grass next to the screened patio. They also observed that the patio screen was ripped. Benvenuto told officer he dropped the laptop there and admitted to taking it from a nearby home, 544 NW 13th Drive. Benvenuto also admitted to removing the screen at 580 NW 13th Drive, but said he did not go inside the home.
Officers spoke with the resident at 544 NW 13th Drive and she identified the laptop as hers. Officers arrested Benvenuto and when they searched him, they found a prescription pill bottle in his pocket belonging to the victim. Benvenuto is currently on probation for burglary to an occupied dwelling.
Officers charged Benvenuto with two counts of burglary and violation of probation.