Broward Sheriffs Office

Teen Arrested for Car Burglaries in Oakland Park: BSO

Detectives have arrested a teen who they said was responsible for a rash of car burglaries in Oakland Park.

On Oct. 20 and 29, residents of the La Estancia and Lake Emerald communities woke up to find their windows had been smashed and their contents had been riffled through.

While some of the cars had random items stolen, for the most part, the burglaries seemed to be mostly futile, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Oakland Park detectives, assisted by BSO, conducted an extensive investigation. Oakland Park CSI team members discovered blood left at the scene when a burglar cut himself on one of the smashed windows.

BSO's crime lab obtained DNA results that confirmed a 17-year-old's blood was left at the Lake Emerald crime scene. He's from Pompano Beach.

That same day, the teen was taken into custody without incident and described to detectives how he climbed the communities' walls to get to the cars and his part in the burglaries at La Estancia and Lake Emerald.

Because the suspect is a minor, his name will not be released by NBC 6, unless he's charged as an adult.

The teen now faces charges for 21 counts of burglary conveyance, 20 counts of criminal mischief, one count of grand theft, four counts of petit theft and violation of probation.

BSO said he has a criminal history including charges for robbery, burglary of an occupied dwelling, petit theft, grand theft, battery, obstruction, trespassing, loitering and prowling and violation of probation.

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