Two burglary suspects caught in the wrong place at the wrong time
Boca Raton, FL – The Boca Raton Police Tactical (Tac) Team arrested two men who were burglarizing a closed business thanks to an unrelated traffic stop by officers from the Delray Beach Police Department. It started shortly before 5:00pm Thursday afternoon. That’s when Boca Raton Police received a phone call from Delray Beach Police officers about a pickup truck they had just stopped at the south end of their city on Federal Highway. They were concerned because the truck had a large amount of aluminum and electrical items in its bed. They asked if we’d check closed businesses along North Federal Highway in Boca Raton to see if any had been burglarized.
After checking the Levitz Plaza, units moved down the street to the former Crabby Jacks restaurant. Upon pulling into the parking lot, officers noticed the back doors to the building were open. Moments later, two men came out of the building, saw the officers, and took off running through an adjacent wooded area and into a grassy field. A member of the Boca Raton Police Tac Team responding to the area, drove around to the field and spotted a pickup truck trying to leave, spinning its tires in the wet mud. The officer stopped the truck and saw several items in the bed of the truck, including cabinets and a vending machine. Also in the cab of the pickup were various burglary tools. At first, the two men said the items were just on the ground outside the building. When faced with the fact that they were seen running from the building, they admitted they were inside and had committed the burglary.
It should be noted the vehicle pulled over in Delray Beach by Delray Beach Police was not related to this incident. However, that stop led to Boca Raton Police searching the area and catching these two men in the act. Both were charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Structure and Possession of Burglary Tools.
Randall Thomas Louis Simon
Palm Springs, FL Palm Springs, FL
DOB: 3/16/67 DOB: 12/19/63