UPDATE: Investigators continue to recover stolen property
Pair charged in multiple Boca Raton residential burglaries
Jewelry found hidden in toys
Boca Raton, FL Over the weekend investigators with the Boca Raton Police Services Department recovered more stolen property belonging to victims of multiple residential crimes in the city. Jewelry, laptops, watches and many other items have been recovered. Boca Raton Police are in the process of contacting victims of these crimes and returning their belongings to them. If you feel you might be one of the victims of this house burglary duo, contact BRPD at 561-338-1234.
On Monday, February 1, at about 1:35 p.m., officers from the Boca Raton Police Services Department, responded to a report of a residential alarm that was activated at 4399 NW 27th Avenue. When the officer approached the house, he saw that a front window was smashed out. As the officer waited for the back-up officer to arrive, he saw a black Ford F-150 pick-up truck parked in front of a nearby residence and a male carrying a backpack get into the driver's side of the vehicle.
Several days earlier, there were three similar residential burglaries. During two of the burglaries a black pick-up was seen. The first responding officer was aware of these previous burglaries and informed the other officers as the vehicle was leaving the neighborhood. Another officer, hearing this information, saw the truck on St. Andrews Boulevard and pulled the driver over. The driver of the truck, Pedro Dos Santos, told officers his driver's license was currently suspended. Officers arrested Dos Santos for the traffic offense. Officers found a pillowcase that contained jewelry and a backpack that also contained jewelry and burglary tools, inside the truck, which is registered to Tiffany Erickson. The property was identified as belonging to several different Boca Raton victims.
Knowing that there were several burglaries in the recent past involving the same suspect vehicle, the Boca Raton Police Special Investigations Unit (SIU) conducted surveillance on Dos Santos' girlfriend, Tiffany Erickson in Broward County. Detectives watched as Erickson placed garbage bags in her neighbor's trash cans. Those bags were recovered and contained several items, including jewelry stolen in residential burglaries. After obtaining a search warrant for the house, several more items of jewelry were recovered from various hidden locations in the house, even inside children's toys. All of the recovered property was displayed for victims at the Boca Raton Police Services Department. So far, two-thirds of the items have been identified and returned to the owners. Dos Santos was arrested back in December of 2009 on similar charges. This time, Dos Santos is charged with multiple counts of burglary to a residence, grand theft, petit theft, criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools. Boca Raton Detectives believe that he is responsible for over 25 residential burglaries in Boca Raton
Tiffany Erickson was arrested on a traffic warrant and additionally charged with multiple counts of accessory after the fact. The investigation is on-going and there may be further charges filed on both individuals. If anyone has information about these crimes or similar crimes, they are asked to call Detective Ronald Mello at (561) 620-6186 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
Pedro Eduardo Dos Santos
Ft Lauderdale, FL
Ft Lauderdale, FL