Accused Boynton Beach burglar arrested

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A man is behind bars Thursday, accused of going on a burglary spree at a Boynton Beach strip mall. And what's really interesting is how police were able to track him down.

"He came through and we have a big sign inside that says 'God Shop,' but that didn't stop him," said church administrator with Grace Community Church, David Holley.

It didn't stop Kenneth Ellis. Police say he broke into a total of four businesses in this strip mall. One of them was a recreation room for the church, which owns the whole property.

"It's good to know he's behind bars and he's not going to be breaking into any other places, but you hate to see something like this happen," added Holley.

The burglaries happened July 31st. Boynton beach police say Ellis first got into the Try Thai restaurant through a roof-top air duct . The restaurant's owner is still amazed with how it all went down.

"I can't believe they're going to come from the roof," said owner, Larpsuk Sopona.

Ellis allegedly then broke open a hole in the wall and got into the second business. According to authorities, he did this a total of four times, going from business to business. Some of the crime was even caught on surveillance video.

"We were all shocked and surprised, all excited that these things can happen. Who would have thought anybody was going to come through the walls like that," said salon owner, Christel Cunningham.

Among a few hundred dollars in cash and other items taken from the businesses was a corporate checkbook. Ellis apparently gave one of those checks to an acquaintance.

Police tracked down that man, who led them to Ellis. A suspect who created quite a headache for business owners here.

"It's sad. It really is sad," said Holley.

Apart from what he stole, Ellis caused thousands of dollars in damages to those businesses. He's been charged with four counts of burglary and three counts of grand theft.