Piercing Pagoda perp arrested
Jewelry valued at close to $100,000 recovered
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Boca Raton, FL – On Sunday, March 21, at about 8:20 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to the Town Center at Boca Raton for a report of a suspicious black male, wearing all black clothing and carrying a black bag. The male was seen by a security officer, crouching down inside the Piercing Pagoda, 6000 West Glades Road.
Mall security told an officer, who was already patrolling the area, that the suspect was leaving via one of the access corridors. The officer entered the hallway and saw the suspect, who was later identified as Greggie Zamort. Zamort looked at the officer, then turned and ran in the opposite direction. A brief foot chase ensued and ended when Zamort entered another corridor, with locked exterior doors. Zamort threatened the officer with a screwdriver, but dropped the weapon when ordered to do so, at gunpoint. While the officer was taking Zamort into custody, Zamort resisted, but was quickly handcuffed.
When officers searched Zamort, they found a Piercing Pagoda bag which contained almost $350 in cash. The officers checked the Piercing Pagoda and discovered that the business had been burglarized. Retracing the suspect's escape route, officers located gloves and assorted jewelry, valued at over $100,000. Video surveillance also shows the suspect dressed in the same clothing as Zamort.
Zamort is charged with burglary, grand theft, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest with violence. Boca Raton Police detectives are looking into his role in other similar cases.