Squatter arrested for several burglaries
Boca Raton, FL On Thursday, June 2, Boca Raton Police detectives were following up on leads from several residential burglaries that occurred the week before. The first burglary occurred on Wednesday, May 25 at 1700 Spanish River Road. During this burglary, a vacation home was broken into and the suspect appeared to have lived in the house. The second burglary happened on Friday, May 27 at 1131 Banyan Road. This time, the suspect broke into the resident's summer vacation home and rifled through several drawers inside the house and then left, stealing the silver Pontiac G6, which was parked inside the garage. In both of these cases, there were no obvious signs of forced entry. However, the suspect left behind physical evidence and fingerprints in both cases.
On Saturday, May 28 the silver Pontiac G6 was recovered in Deerfield Beach and several latent fingerprints were recovered. The fingerprints from both crimes, and from the Pontiac, were analyzed and searched through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). The fingerprints were identified as belonging to Lamont Shuler.
Since the vehicle was recovered in Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton Police detectives contacted detectives with the Broward County Sheriff's Office (BSO) on June 2 to see if they had experienced similar crimes. Later that day, a BSO detective informed Boca Raton detectives they had found an apartment near the beach in Deerfield in which it appeared that the suspect was still living. Detectives set up surveillance outside the apartment, while others worked the crime scene inside the apartment. A short time later, a black male was seen scaling the wall around the building and then climbing through the bedroom window into the apartment. The suspect, identified as Lamont Shuler, was apprehended after a brief struggle with detectives inside the apartment.
Shuler is charged with two counts of burglary to a dwelling and one count of grand theft for the aforementioned crimes, plus three additional counts of burglary to a dwelling for three additional break-ins to which he confessed. Shuler may also face additional charges for crimes committed in other jurisdictions.
(photo courtesy of BSO)