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Tac Team takes a bite out of crime at dog park


Boca Raton, FL – On Tuesday, March 19th, at approximately 4:00 pm, while conducting surveillance at the Mizner Bark Dog Park on Banyan Trail, members of the Boca Raton Police Services Tactical (Tac) Team observed a suspicious vehicle with dark tinted windows driving slowly around the two parking lots.  The car stopped and pulled into parking spaces a few times before exiting the park. 


After observing several traffic violations, Tac Team members watched the car enter the parking garage of Office Depot’s headquarters and pull into an empty parking space on the second floor.  At that time, a traffic stop was conducted for the previous traffic violations. When officers approached the car, they could instantly smell marijuana.  All three occupants, two women and one man, were separated and questioned.  The first suspect, Tierra Jones, who was wearing medical scrubs, said she was just picked up from Broward College where she is a nursing student, and brought to Boca to pick up her son on 15th Avenue, although that street was nowhere near the dog park.  The driver, Christopher Lafavor, told officers the group came to Boca Raton to break into cars.  He added he overheard others in Broward County talking about how they come to Boca to break into cars at gyms and parks.  He said he is a self-proclaimed retail thief and this was his first attempt at breaking into cars.  The third suspect, Shantierra Jones, also in nursing scrubs, said they came to Boca Raton to go to the mall.


A search of the vehicle turned up marijuana, two window punches, a laptop computer, multiple credit cards, costume jewelry and a wallet.  Detectives said Tierra Jones admitted that she and Shantierra were not nursing students and the scrubs were worn as a decoy.


All three were charged with Loitering & Prowling, Tierra Jones and Christopher Lafavor were also charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Burglary Tools.


jonestierra        jonesshantierra       lafavor

Tierra Jones                     Shantierra Jones             Christopher Lafavor

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