RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Palm Beach County Sheriff's detectives say they just got a big break that led to arrests in a staggering number of break-ins.
They say, 30-year-old Antonio Caldwell of Riviera Beach, 22-year-old Amanda Maroe of Palm Springs, 30-year-old Cordy Walton of Mangonia Park and 38-year-old Danny White of Riviera Beach are part of a group that hit hundreds of homes in South Florida, including more than 30 in Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee.
Investigators say, they would get into single family homes by kicking in or prying open front doors and windows, stealing an estimated $70,000 worth of flat-screen televisions, laptops, jewelry and guns.
"I'm just putting everything in the safe. I've secured the doors and windows better. It doesn't really anger me. But, it's just the way it is now," said John Tedesco, a victim of one of the break-in attempts.
Sheriff's detectives got their big break earlier this month, July 9, when a Royal Palm Beach homeowner in the 11000 block of Orange Boulevard spotted someone running from his garage and saw their car, a green 2002 Ford Taurus, in his driveway and wrote down their license number.
Once detectives had that tag number, they made the arrests a week later. They did recover a handgun and a machine gun from the suspects' car. The two guns are believed to have been taken in one of the break-ins. But, a sheriff's detective told us, most of the jewelry, laptops and other items were sold either in pawn shops or on the street.
More arrests are expected.