Boca Raton Police TAC Team turns a triple play
One suspect wanted in two other states
Boca Raton, FL Due to a rash of car burglaries at city parks, members of the Boca Raton Police Services Department TAC Team were keeping an eye on the parking lots. It was shortly before 8:00 pm Tuesday night when they saw a Grey Chrysler 300 pull into the parking lot at South Beach Park. The Chrysler was driven by a female, with two male passengers. After the female backed the car into a parking space, where one of the occupants got out and looked through the window of the car parked next to them. He then got back into the car and they drove to a different section of the lot. They parked next to a black Cadillac Escalade and all three got out of the car. While two kept watch, the third suspect used a punch tool to defeat the lock of the SUV.
Officers conducting surveillance watched the suspect take a handbag and other items from the Escalade. After observing the crime in progress, officers arrested all three individuals without incident. During a search following the arrest, officers found a handbag and two envelopes containing more than $3,000 in cash. Both envelopes were marked with the words, For Funeral Expenses. The owner of the vehicle later told police his family owned a funeral home business.
Arrested were Johnny Cook, Alphonson Goodgame and Tracy Thomas. Goodgame and Thomas were charged with Burglary. Cook was charged with Possession of Burglary Tools along with Burglary. A computer check revealed that Cook had an active warrant out of Alabama for Larceny and two warrants out of Georgia, one for Burglary to Auto and a second for Larceny from Auto. Cook will be extradited to face charges in Georgia and Alabama.
Anyone with any additional information about this case is asked to call Detective Tim Kurdys at 561-338-1377 or Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS
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