Auto burglar arrested after being caught on video
Suspect linked to previous burglary through DNA
Boca Raton, FL On Thursday, December 30 at 9:10 a.m., Boca Raton police officers responded to a report of a burglary to an automobile that occurred at St Paul Lutheran Church and School, 701 West Palmetto Park Road. The victim told officers she arrived at the school about 9:00 a.m., parked her car, and brought her child inside the school. When she got back to her car about 10 minutes later, she found her iPhone had been taken. The victim told officers she had not locked her Porsche SUV.
Officers and detectives viewed the video surveillance of the parking lot and observed a grey Chevrolet Malibu, bearing a New Jersey tag, enter the parking lot right after the victim. The driver of the Malibu parked next to the Porsche, on the passenger side, once the victim went inside the school. The video showed movement from the driver's side of the Malibu, but not the passenger side. After about 10 or 15 seconds, the driver of the Malibu drove out of the parking lot.
Detectives tracked the car to a car rental company and were able to find the person who rented it, James Tisby. Tisby's had active warrants for grand theft and burglary from a burglary committed in March 2010, which was committed at the Boca Museum of Art, 801 West Palmetto Park Rd. During this burglary, a car window was smashed and a purse and iPhone were taken. The suspect cut himself on the smashed window, leaving blood inside the victim's car. A DNA match from the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) linked Tisby to the crime.
About 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, detectives located Tisby in Oakland Park. Tisby confessed to detectives that he stole the phone from the unlocked Porsche but would not say what he did with the phone. Detectives charged Tisby with burglary and grand theft.
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