Creeper arrested for breaking into home while residents slept
Boca Raton, FL Waking from a deep sleep to the sound of someone trying to break into your home is enough to rattle anyone's nerves. For Virginia and Gary Paris, that's exactly what happened early Tuesday morning at their New Floresta home. It was shortly after midnight when Virginia woke to noises outside. When she looked out her bedroom window, she saw a male crouched on the roof of her garage trying to open a window. Virginia immediately woke her husband, who went downstairs and observed the suspect inside the screened pool enclosure. When confronted by the homeowner, the suspect fled.
Once on scene, officers were able to lift a fingerprint from one of the windows on the garage door in the area where the suspect was last seen. Boca Raton Police Latent Print Examiner James Coats was able to match the fingerprint to Timothy J. Thorn of Boca Raton.
Once located and taken into custody, Thorn admitted to trying to enter the Paris residence. Thorn said he had a drug problem and went to the New Floresta neighborhood on his bicycle to do some creeping. He said he noticed a house with no cars in the driveway, so he rang the doorbell. When no one answered, he started removing screens to try to gain access into the home. Thorn was arrested and charged with one count of Burglary to an Occupied Dwelling.
Timothy J. Thorn
20 Tam O Shanter Lane
Boca Raton, FL