Off duty Boca Raton detective witnesses iPhone theft
Boca Raton, FL – On Wednesday, October 9th, an off duty Boca Raton Police detective witnessed the theft of an iPhone while he was coaching a youth team at Woodlands Park in the area of St. Andrews Blvd. While on the field, Detective Jeff Clare noticed the suspect driving around on a blue scooter before sitting on the bleachers next to bags that belonged to several players. As he continued watching, the detective saw the suspect pick something up and put it in his pocket and leave the area. The detective asked his players if they left anything outside the bags, and one player said he left his cell phone out.
Detective Clare immediately called in the crime via his police radio, alerting nearby Tactical Team officers of his observations. Officers located the blue scooter in the neighborhood across the street from the park. Tactical Team officers saw Travis Brown inside the garage of a house on Burning Tree Lane. They also noticed a bright orange shirt, which matched the clothing description of the suspect, on the floorboard of a vehicle parked in the driveway. After getting consent from the homeowner, officers searched the garage and found the iPhone, which was confirmed to be the one left on the bleachers by the player.
Brown was arrested for Grand Theft and Tampering with Evidence.
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