Five alleged serial burglars have been arrested and several stolen weapons have been recovered, thanks to a collaborative effort in Broward County.
Early Thursday morning, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Burglary Apprehension Team (BAT) responded to reports of a residential burglary in Deerfield Beach. They said the suspects had ransacked a victim's home and stolen an AR15 assault rifle and a 9mm handgun.
The suspects were seen leaving the home in a grey Toyota Camry which had previously been reported stolen out of Oakland Park. Detectives located the car shortly after at a townhome in the 3500 block of Northwest 14th Court in Lauderhill.
BAT detectives, along with Lauderhill Police, set up surveillance on the home. Several males were observed coming from the home and getting into the stolen Toyota. During the stakeout, a second car pulled up to the home, and two other males emerged from the townhouse and got into that vehicle, according to detectives.
BAT and Lauderhill detectives followed the second vehicle and performed a traffic stop at the Swap Shop in Fort Lauderdale. The two subjects in the car were detained and positively identified. One of the juveniles had six active warrants, and the other allegedly had the victim's jewelry in his pockets.
Back at the townhouse, three other juveniles got into the stolen Toyota Camry. BAT detectives and Lauderhill K9 performed a traffic stop and detained the three suspects. Two of the suspects reportedly had the victim's property on them, and all three were currently on felony probation.
Inside the townhome, detectives found an AR15 assault rifle and a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun. Detectives also recovered a 38 caliber revolver that did not belong to the Deerfield Beach victim and various stolen items including some jewelry.
All five juveniles confessed to their involvement in the burglaries and are now facing charges for armed burglary, possession of burglary tools, grand theft of a firearm, grand theft auto and probation violation.
BSO's Aviation Unit, Fugitive Team, Deerfield Beach Criminal Investigations Unit and Lauderhill Police Department’s Selective Enforcement Team (SET) all assisted in the effort.