Five Teens Accused of Burglarizing Home of Elderly Man

Five teenage boys are accused of burglarizing an elderly man’s home while he slept.

According to an article in the Sun Sentinel, the boys were arrested after they tried to run from a police officer after the 2 a.m. burglary on Sunday. An officer had been doing an extra late-night patrol in the Pine Point Villas community due to a recent rash of break-ins.

The officer saw the five boys walking south on Valley Road. When they saw the parol car, the boys started running. Officers caught up to them and took all five into custody. A laptop was allegedly found in the area where the boys had been running.

One of the teens told a detective that he saw the burglary, but did not participate. He said he saw two of his friends go into a house through an unlocked door, where they took a laptop. He was charged with resisting arrest without violence.

The residents of the home confirmed they were missing a laptop. The victim was a 78-year-old man.

The four other boys admitted to the burglary. They each face charges of resisting arrest without violence and burglary to an occupied dwelling. One of the boys also faces a charge of possession of burglary tools after he was found to be carrying a screwdriver and a wrench.