Boca Raton police say home security camera helped catch man breaking into cars

Boca Raton police say home security camera helped catch man breaking into cars

BOCA RATON, Fla. — A homeowner’s security camera helped Boca Raton police catch a man who they say was breaking into cars.

Police said a homeowner woke up to his doorbell camera alerting him that his car was being stolen in his driveway near SW 12th Ave. and Camino Real on June 6.

Boca Raton police arrested 18-year-old Henry Hurtado after they said he broke into several cars and stole a truck.

David Kelly lives in the area and said he was glad to hear Hurtado was caught.

"Thankfully the neighborhood does watch each other’s back, and that is what makes it a unique spot here," said Kelly.

Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander posted surveillance video on Facebook showing someone getting into a Toyota truck and driving off with it.


Arrest Results from Ring Alert

Last Thursday morning just before 1:00 a.m., a resident along the 1300 block of SW 12th Avenue was alerted by his Ring system (video below) to a subject in the driveway of his residence. He quickly notified Boca Raton Police when he observed the subject stealing his silver Toyota Tundra. We spotted the vehicle along the 300 block of W. Camino Real and the driver fled behind a CVS. He abandoned the truck and officers saw the suspect running with a purse in his hand. After a foot pursuit, 18-year-old Henry Hurtado was taken into custody. Recovered stolen property helped officers identify auto burglaries along the 1100 block of SW 13th Place and the 1000 block of SW 13th Drive. Hurtado was charged with Grand Theft Auto, Auto Burglary, Grand Theft, Fleeing & Eluding, Resisting an Officer Without Violence and Driving Without a License. Remember to lock your car doors and bring your valuables inside. Consider a camera system as an extra layer of protection for your home and call us when you see something suspicious. Let’s be careful out there.

Posted by BocaChief on Monday, June 10, 2019

The homeowner called 911 when he saw this and officers nearby were able to find Hurtado. The police report said he had a black purse, wallets, and cash with him and inside the truck.

"I had about 14 credit cards. All were recovered. Everything in the wallet was recovered," said Neil Rabin, a victim who had his car broken into. "You have to give credit to this area. People are vigilant about what is going on in this area. We have a big NextDoor online."

Police said this is the perfect example of technology helping police make an arrest.

"Technology is really helping us with that mission of see something, say something," said Jessica Desir, Public Information Officer for the Boca Raton Police Department.

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