Great police work leads to arrest of robbery suspect
Boca Raton, FL – Shortly before 5:00 am Saturday morning Boca Raton Police responded to a reported unarmed robbery in the area of 1999 North Federal Highway. At the scene, officers met with the 63 year old victim who said he was sitting on the bench waiting for a bus when he was approached by a man asking for a cigarette. When the victim told him he didn’t smoke, the man asked for money. The victim told him he didn’t have any money. The man then sat down on the bench and quickly grabbed the victim’s backpack. A struggle ensued and the victim fell to the ground as the suspect took off with his backpack.
A short time later an officer found what appeared to be the stolen backpack behind 1921 North Federal Highway. Because this location is near the Boca Inn, investigators checked to see if a man matching the suspect’s description was registered as a guest. It was quickly determined that he was located at the hotel. Investigators then conducted a photo lineup at the hospital where the victim as being treated for minor injuries. He confirmed that one of the people in the lineup was the one responsible for the robbery.
Officers knocked repeatedly on the door, but neither the suspect nor his roommates would answer. Since 11:00 am is checkout time, officers waited. The suspect came out and agreed to be questioned by police. Back at the Boca Raton Police Services Department, the suspect, Christopher Harshbarger, said he remembered sitting on the bench with the victim but was too drunk at the time to remember anything else. He said he did have a backpack that didn’t belong to him but didn’t remember taking it. Harsbarger was charged with Robbery by Sudden Snatching.
Boynton Beach, FL
Robber with AK 47 tattoo arrested
Boca Raton, FL – On Wednesday, September 3 at just before 6:00 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a robbery that occurred in the 800 block of Butternut Terrace.
The victim told officers he got a phone call from a friend who asked to meet as his house on Butternut Terrace. The victim waited in his car outside the house on Butternut Terrance for his friend to arrive. As he waited with his car door open, a black Hyundai occupied by two males pulled up next to him. One male got out of the Hyundai and demanded his valuables and told the victim that he had a gun. The victim gave the suspect his cell phone and car keys. The suspect then displayed a black semi-automatic handgun while reaching into the victim’s car to grab his wallet.
The victim described the suspect as a black male, approximately 25 years old with a tattoo of an AK-47 on his left arm. The victim was not injured.
Early Thursday morning, detectives with the Delray Beach Police Department contacted Detective Clare and told him they arrested Jean Pierre on unrelated charges and he was in possession of the victim’s iPhone and credit cards. Pierre matched the description given by the victim. Boca Raton detectives conducted a photo line-up with the victim, who immediately identified Pierre as the robber. The victim also identified the AK 47 tattoo.
Boca Raton detectives charged Pierre with robbery with a deadly weapon.
Lake Worth, FL
Boca Raton Police looking to identify burglary suspects caught on camera
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Boca Raton, FL – On Saturday, August 23, 2014, at approximately 7:30 pm, officers responded to a reported burglary at 120 SE 5th Avenue. Once on scene, officers met with the building’s security guard who explained that about 40 minutes earlier, he responded to an alarm in apartment 248. When he arrived he found the front door pried open. The residents arrived on scene a few minutes later and advised that a safe containing several pieces of jewelry was missing.
Video was obtained from both inside the apartment and the front entrance of the building. The video from inside the apartment shows two males walking in and out of the camera’s view. A few minutes later they walk toward the apartment front door and off camera. As they come back into the camera’s view, they have a hand dolly. Minutes later the two leave with the safe. Video from the front entrance shows two males walking into the building. A few minutes later a third male is seen entering the building and a short time later, exits then quickly returns with a hand dolly. All three are seen leaving the building with the safe on the hand dolly. The suspects possibly left in a green minivan.
If anyone has information about the identities of the suspects, please call Detective Harding at 561-620-6229 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS
Dark t-shirt, white shorts, dark hat, sunglasses
Hispanic male, approx. 40 years old
White shirt, dark shirts, dark hair
Hispanic male, approx. 40 years old
White shirt, tan shorts, teal hat
Boca Raton Police assist Delray Police with arrest and uncover more crimes by suspect
Boca Raton, FL – At approximately 7:30 am, Tuesday, August 26th, officers from the Boca Raton Police Services Department were dispatched to assist Delray Beach Police in apprehending a suspect who had entered our city. The suspect hit a Delray Beach Police car with his car and then fled on foot.
Within the perimeter established by officers, the suspect ran between homes and jumped in and out of a canal. He also broke into a home where he was confronted by the resident. The suspect then fled again, this time jumping into the Intracoastal Waterway where he was apprehended by a Boca Raton Police Marine Unit officer. The suspect was identified as Daniel Esteban Pinedo-Velapatino.
A search of the vehicle the suspect was driving revealed 42 Xanax pills, 3 morphine pills, 2 Oxycodone pills and $6,000 cash. While investigating this incident, other officers responded to a theft call at the Best Western Hotel on North Federal Highway. The victim explained that he and his friend were partying in the hotel room taking cocaine, Xanax and marijuana along with a third friend, later identified as Pinedo-Velapatino. The victim further explained that he had $15,000 cash in his wallet and when he woke up in the morning, $9,000 was missing and Pinedo-Velapatino was gone. While in booking on the initial charges, officers questioned Pinedo-Velapatino about the theft from the Best Western Hotel. After giving several different stories, he admitted to taking the cash from his friend. Also while in custody, detectives questioned Pinedo-Velapatino about a car theft he was suspected in from June 2014. Although he denied actually stealing the car, he did admit to driving it after knowing it was stolen.
Boca Raton Police charged Pinedo-Velapatino with Burglary to an Occupied Dwelling, Possession of Xanax, Morphine, and Oxycodone, Grand Theft over $5,000 and Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle.
Daniel Esteban Pindeo-Velapatino
Boca Raton, FL