Broward Sheriffs Office

Teen Who Broke Into Dania Beach House While Boy was Home Alone Arrested: BSO

A teen who was caught on camera breaking into a Dania Beach house while a 12-year-old boy was home alone has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday.

The 17-year-old boy is charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling in the break-in happened back on the morning of July 26 at the home in the 400 block of Southeast 4th Terrace, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

He's also facing charges of burglary of a conveyance, grand theft of a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm for two other incidents in August, officials said.

Officials said the 12-year-old boy was in his bedroom watching television when he heard a knock at the door but didn't answer since he was alone. A short time later he heard a loud noise and footsteps in the house.

The boy walked out of his room and saw the suspect in his sister's room. The suspect saw him and told him to stay in his bathroom, authorities said.

The suspect rummaged through the home stealing about $1,000 worth of items, officials said. The boy called 911 but by the time deputies got to the home the suspect was gone, authorities said. The boy wasn't injured.

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