Alert officer ID's and arrests suspect for vandalizing church
Boca Raton, FL – A suspect who vandalized Boca Raton Community Church on NW 4th Avenue did not suspect a video camera was watching him while he was committing the crime. When the Boca Raton police officer arrived shortly before 11 am on July 29, 2011, a church employee told him that he found a front window shattered and four bollard sidewalk lights knocked over. The church employee gave the officer a copy of the video from the security cameras on the church that showed the suspect committing the crime.
The officer viewed the video and saw the suspect throw a sprinkler donut through the window. The officer recognized the person in the video as Jeraad Valkenaar, a local resident who has had numerous contacts with officers over the past several years and lives only a quarter of a mile from the church. In the early afternoon of August 4, 2011, the same officer was on patrol and saw Valkenaar walking down the street. The officer pulled over and engaged Valkenaar, who confessed to the crimes.
Valkenaar was arrested and charged with vandalism to a church, synagogue, mosque or religious art.
Boca Raton, FL