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Two teenagers arrested after witness reports burglary

Boca Raton, FL – On Sunday, June 25 at about 2:30 in the morning, Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of a possible burglary at 373 NW 4th Diagonal. A witness told officers he saw three males trying to break into a car.

Officers searching the area for the suspects located a 16 year old male walking through the parking lot of a closed business at 115 Crawford Blvd. As the officer stopped to speak to the juvenile, the juvenile ran behind nearby hedges where the officer lost sight of him. Officers quickly located the juvenile at 345 W. Palmetto Park Road. The juvenile told officers two different stories and said he ran from police because he was smoking marijuana.

Meanwhile, the K9 unit tracked from the original location to where officers were speaking to the juvenile. The K9 unit continued tracking and located a second juvenile, identified as Jerome Clay, who was hiding in an enclosed, fenced area to the rear of 345 W. Palmetto Park Road. Clay told officers he ran because he is on home detention and is not supposed to be out.

The witness later told officers that he only saw the suspects near the car, not actually breaking into the car. The witness identified the two suspects he saw in the parking lot near the car. Officers arrested both juveniles. The first juvenile was charged with loitering and prowling, Clay was charged with burglary to a fenced area and resisting without violence.


Jerome Clay                  W/M juvenile
16 years old                  16 years old
Boca Raton, FL             Boca Raton, Fl