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Vigilant witness alerts police to burglary

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Boca Raton, FL – On Thursday, August 18 at just after 3:20 in the morning, Boca Raton Police received a call about a male “snooping around” a boatyard at 2069 NW 1st Place.  While one officer went to the boat yard, other officers began checking the area for the suspect vehicle, a green pickup truck. Officers saw the truck as it got on I-95 and conducted a traffic stop for a traffic violation.


Officers made contact with the driver, identified as Eric Kovacs, and the passenger, identified as Louis Leff.  Kovacs told officers his license was suspended and he was subsequently arrested for that violation.  When officers questioned Kovacs about the boatyard, he told them he had entered the property, but had not taken anything.  When officers searched Kovacs they found a cut lock in his pants pocket.  He told officer he found the lock in his truck.  Officers spoke with Leff, who said they were at the boatyard, but he had stayed in the truck the entire time while Kovacs went inside the fenced area.


Officers had a tow truck respond to remove Kovacs vehicle.  When the tow truck arrived on scene, the driver told officers he was the one who had seen the male at the boatyard and called police.  The driver then identified Kovacs as the person he had seen inside the fenced area. 


Later, detectives went to the boatyard, inspected the scene and met with the owners.  They found a hole cut in the fence, near where the tow truck driver saw Kovacs.  The owners had video surveillance of the boatyard which captured Kovacs and Leff cutting through the fence.  It was determined that nothing was taken in the burglary.


Kovacs was arrested for driving with a suspended license and later charged with burglary.  Leff was also arrested for burglary.

kovacs             leff

Eric Kovacs                           Louis Leff                      

DOB 12/26/1981                  DOB 07/24/1964

Boca Raton, FL                     Boca Raton, FL