Four visitors from Broward found with stolen property
Boca Raton, FL – On Friday, February 14 at 12:50 p.m., officers of the Boca Raton Police Department’s Tactical Team were conducting surveillance at the BP gas station at 5440 West Glades Road, when they saw a dark SUV matching the description of a vehicle described in a recent crime bulletin regarding gas station burglaries.
The driver of the SUV parked for about 10 minutes, but no one ever got out of the vehicle. The driver drove out of the parking lot without coming to a complete stop before entering Glades Road. Officers stopped the vehicle on southbound I-95. They engaged the driver, Linton Cooper, and the three passengers, Antonio Carter, Brittany Ramkelawan and James Austin. Officers immediately detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle.
Officers discovered that Carter had an active warrant out of Illinois for fraud and Austin was on probation for burglary. When officers searched the vehicle, they found a Chase Bank envelope in the back seat center console. Inside the envelope they found three checkbooks, multiple credit cards issued to two different people, a Florida driver’s license and two New York driver’s licenses. In the front center console, officers found a UK passport and an Apple Macbook Pro wedged under the rear seat. They also found a window punch, two flashlights, a screwdriver, latex gloves and pieces of broken automobile glass scattered throughout the vehicle.
Officers tracked down the owner of the Macbook Pro who told them the computer, his passport and many other items were stolen in an auto burglary in Ft. Lauderdale on February 12. The passport found in the center console also belonged to him. All of the occupants gave different reasons for being in Boca Raton and could offer no explanation for the property found in their vehicle.
Officers arrested all four suspects and charged them with loitering and prowling, possession of burglary tools, and grand theft. Ramkelawan was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Antonio Carter James Austin
DOB 12/17/1978 12/12/1975
Ft. Lauderdale Lauderhill
Brittany Ramkelawan Linton Cooper
DOB 06/23/1991 01/03/1979
Ft. Lauderdale Ft. Lauderdale
Alert resident notifies police of potential burglary suspects
Boca Raton, FL – On Tuesday, February 18 at about 1:30 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a suspected burglary in the area of East Jeffery Street and NW 7th Avenue. A witness called police when she saw a male run from a home across the street and get into a waiting grey Suzuki. The witness noticed two other people in the Suzuki and was able to write down the license plate.
Officers found evidence of burglary attempts at two homes, although entry was not gained on either residence. Officers of the Tactical Team located and stopped the vehicle as it headed south on I-95. Justin Clark, the driver, and the two occupants, Jodi Myles and Dominick Akinpelu, were detained and questioned.
Akinpelu refused to speak with officers. However, Clark and Myles initially gave different versions of why they were in Boca Raton before refusing to say more. A search of the vehicle revealed several pieces of broken spark plugs and an empty spark plug box, along with a credit card belonging to an unknown female.The witness identified Myles as the suspect she saw running from the area.
Officers arrested all three suspects and charged them with attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, and resisting an officer.
Justin Clark Jordi Myles Dominick Akinpelu
DOB: 3/15/93 DOB: 8/17/93 DOB: 4/20/95
Coral Springs, FL Tamarac, FL Margate, FL
Two charged in shooting death of friend
Boca Raton, FL – Investigators from the Boca Raton Police Services Department have charged two people in connection with the shooting death of Justin Holt.
On Sunday, December 1, 2013, just before 11:00 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Gables of Town Place Apartments, 21445 Town Lakes Drive. When officers arrived, they met with a group of people and a male who had been shot in the chest.
Detectives interviewed the four people who were present at the apartment when the shooting occurred. They all provided the same version of events. The resident, Madison Flint, and her friend, Joshua Henry, were hanging out and called some other friends to come over to Flint’s apartment. Erin Steele, Justin Holt, and another friend arrived at the apartment a short time later. Henry brought a handgun with him, was showing the group the gun and allowed members of the group to dry fire the pistol. Henry re-loaded the gun and set it on the counter. Later in the evening, Steele picked the gun up from the counter, pointed it at Holt and fired it. Holt was transported to Delray Medical Center where he died shortly thereafter. Steele smoked marijuana earlier in the evening and had a high level of THC in her system.
Both Steele and Henry have been charged with Manslaughter by Culpable Negligence.
Erin Steele Joshua Henry
DOB: 3/15/93 DOB: 11/21/90
Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach, FL
Bicyclist seriously injured in hit and run
Boca Raton, FL – Early Friday morning at about 4:42 a.m., officers of the Boca Raton Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit responded a serious injury hit and run crash, which occurred in the 6300 block of West Glades Road.
The operator of a black Pedego electric bicycle was traveling west on Glades Road and was struck from behind by a maroon 2013 Kia. The Kia was later found abandoned and parked in a nearby residential neighborhood. As the investigation progressed, traffic homicide investigators were able to identify the driver of the Kia.
The bicycle operator was transported to Delray Medical Center with serious injuries.
If anyone has additional information regarding the crash, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Chris Somers at (561) 620-6141 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
2013 Kia driver:
24 years old
Coral Springs, FL
Pedego Bicycle operator:
53 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Injury: Serious Bodily Injury
Woman fends off attack with well placed kick
Responding officers nab suspect
Boca Raton, FL – On Monday, January 27, at about 9:50 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of an aggravated battery which occurred outside the CVS at 520 South Federal Highway.
The victim told officers she had just finished shopping and was getting into her car, but before she was able to close the door, a male stepped between the door and the frame. The suspect, later identified as Daryl Lewis, held an edged weapon that the victim described as a “shank,” and told her he “needed to get home so he could bury his mother.”
The victim began screaming and kicking Lewis, who cut the victim, causing several superficial wounds. The victim landed a kick to Lewis’s groin which caused him to take a step back. A witness pulled up behind the victim’s car and yelled at Lewis who then tried to explain he was the victim’s boyfriend. When the victim denied the statement, Lewis ran off.
Officers located Lewis several blocks away and the victim identified Lewis as her attacker. Officers arrested Lewis and charged him with aggravated battery, armed burglary with a battery, and armed kidnapping. Lewis also had an active violation of probation warrant for theft out of Broward County.
Alert citizen and off duty Boca Raton officer spot car burglar
click for video
Boca Raton, FL – Just before 3:00 pm Wednesday on January 22, 2014, Boca Raton Police received a call from someone at the Town Center Mall who was watching a suspicious man in the parking lot trying to open the doors to several cars. A Boca Raton Officer, working an extra duty detail, responded and quickly located the subject, later identified as Joel Garcia. The officer kept eyes on Garcia until Tactical Team officers arrived on scene.
Once on scene, the officers observed Garcia remove his button down shirt, wrap it around his hand and continue trying various car doors in the parking lot. After approximately 45 minutes, Garcia went into the mall, where undercover detectives continued to watch him. A short time later Garcia exited the mall into the parking lot where he continued to try car doors. Shortly after 4:00 pm, an hour after he was first observed, Garcia found and entered an unlocked car. Tactical Team officers approached the vehicle and observed Garcia rummaging through the center console. Officers ordered Garcia out of the car and placed him under arrest.
Garcia told officers that he was going through rough times and had ridden on a bus from Canal Point, Florida with the intent to break into cars and steal money. Garcia was charged with Burglary to Auto and Possession of Marijuana.
Canal Point, FL
Savvy resident notifies police of burglar
Boca Raton, FL – On Wednesday, January 22 at about noon, a resident in the 600 block of SW 5th Street called a Boca Raton Police sergeant and told him a young male wearing a fluorescent traffic vest knocked on his door and asked for a “Mr. Alexander,” and said he was looking for 700 SW 5th Street. The caller described the male and the brown Mercedes, which he had parked in the driveway.
Responding officers saw the vehicle in the driveway of 801 Elderberry Way and as it drove away, one officer followed it. The driver drove through the neighborhood, committing several traffic violations before the officer attempted a traffic stop. The driver did not initially stop. However, after driving down several streets, he was forced to stop behind a boat on a trailer, which was obstructing the roadway.
Officers made contact with the driver, Dayonte Resiles, who was wearing a bright green shirt and traffic vest. The story Resiles gave officers for being in the area was quickly disproved. The caller identified Resiles as the male with whom he spoke at his front door. Officers arrested Resiles and charged him with loitering and prowling and resisting arrest without violence. Officers found a window punch in Resiles pocket and black and yellow gloves in the center console of the car. Officers also found a woman’s watch and $1,003 in cash in the center console, as well as a jewelry scale, laptop computer, camera, an iPad, and a large amount of jewelry placed throughout the passenger compartment of the car.
Officers confirmed that the items belonged to the resident of 801 Elderberry Way, where officer found the rear slider to the home smashed. The resident identified the items as hers. Officers also charged Resiles with burglary to a residence, possession of burglary tools and obstruction.
Lauderdale Lakes, FL