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Thieves Charged in Multiple Crimes in Boca Raton

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Boca Raton police have arrested Matthew Winegard and Benjamin Ward in relation to several related related automobile burglaries and related auto thefts. According to Police, one such incident happened on July 22 at 5660 NE Trieste Way, in which a 2014 Mercedes-Benz was stolen from the driveway. Surveillance video showed two males who entered the development by scaling the wall between Boca Marina and Trieste. One suspect tried the door handle of the Mercedes, both suspects then got into the car and drove away. The keys had been left inside the unlocked vehicle.

The owner told Boca Police detectives the vehicle was equipped with a tracking system and they subsequently located the unoccupied vehicle in Hollywood. The vehicle was impounded and then processed by crime scene personnel who recovered a latent fingerprint belonging to Matthew Winegard.

Detectives received information that Winegard was in an apartment at 299 NW 52 Terrace in Boca Raton. They set up surveillance and saw Winegard and several companions, including Benjamin Ward who lives in the apartment, exit the apartment with a black, rolling suitcase. Detectives discovered items in the suitcase and inside Ward's apartment linking both suspects to numerous burglaries throughout the City.

Winegard is charged with one count of grand theft auto, two counts of grand theft and one count each of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Ward is charged with one count each of burglary and grand theft.

The investigation is on-going and additional charges may be forthcoming. If anyone has information about these or other related crimes, please call Detective Kelly Shifflett at (561) 620-6134 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

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