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Possible burglar arrested for loitering and prowling


Boca Raton, FL – On Friday, July 13, at about 10:45 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a burglary attempt in the area of 200 SW 5th Avenue, in which a juvenile was home when a male tried to throw a brick through a rear window.  Officers were a block away when the call came out and on the scene in less than a minute.


As an officer arrived in the neighborhood, he saw a male matching the description given by the victim, walking through a grassy area just north of the burglary.  The suspect, identified as Zachary West, was wearing a black, long sleeved fleece jacket, was sweating profusely and concealed his left hand inside the sleeve of the jacket.  When West crossed the street, detectives stopped him.  In the front pocket of West’s jacket, detectives found a pair of latex gloves and saw that West’s hands had a number of fresh cuts on them. 


West gave detectives several different stories about his purpose and destination.  He admitted to walking next to the victim’s home at the time the crime happened, but denied having any involvement.  Officers arrested West and charged him with loitering and prowling.


A short time later at a nearby residence, officers met with the homeowner who discovered an attempted burglary to their house. During this burglary the suspect pried off a screen and attempted to break a rear window, but was unable to gain access due to hurricane glass.  Crime Scene investigators processed the scene and recovered blood found on the window.  The investigation is on-going and further charges may be pending.






  Zachary West   

  DOB 05/15/1991

  Boca Raton, FL