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Burglar arrested after giving police fake name


Boca Raton, FL – On Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at about 3:40 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an attempted burglary at 480 NW 20th Street.  The caller told officers he saw a male attempting to break into his neighbor’s apartment.


Officer’s made contact with a male several blocks away who matched the description of the suspect.  The male identified himself as “Paul Citarela,” and gave an address and date of birth.  He added that he had a New Jersey driver’s license, but when officers checked they discovered there was no record.  When officers used a portable fingerprint scanner, they were able to determine the subject was Michael Garofalo.  The witness identified Garofalo as the person he saw trying to break into the apartment.


Detectives later spoke with Garofalo, who told them he was trying to retrieve his property from an apartment.  Garofalo was charged with giving a false name and attempted burglary to an unoccupied dwelling.


Michael Garofalo

DOB: 6/25/89

Margate, FL