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Why BSO is Saying Lock Your Doors

car-burglary-broward-county_180x120Burglary is a crime where the charges can depend on the monetary value of the items stolen or the damage done. While unfortunate, burglary is very common especially in South Florida. This summer, the rate of stolen AC units for the copper materials reached an all time high. Cars are a constant target, especially for electronics like GPS units and other items of value left in the vehicle. In Broward County, the Sheriff’s Office is noticing that criminals are targeting cars with unlocked doors and are unfortunately finding many vehicles that provide an open invitation for burglary.

Burglary and the Law

According to Florida Statute 810.02: “Burglary” means:

(1) Entering a dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance with the intent to
commit an offense therein, unless the premises are at the time open to
the public or the defendant is licensed or invited to enter.

(2) Burglary is a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment
for a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment or as provided in
s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

Burglary in Broward County

Two brothers may have set a burglary record Monday night by breaking into almost 30 vehicles in four hours, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The main reason? Because the doors were unlocked.

They were caught by a woman who stepped outside for a smoke when she saw a man ransacking her neighbor’s 2006 GMC Sierra. He turned and ran and she immediately called 911. A Sheriff’s Office canine found a man identified as Andrew Cherry, 18, of Pompano Beach, wearing a backpack filled with stolen property a few blocks away, authorities said.

Police found his brother, Anthony Cherry, 20, at their home in Pompano Beach. At the house, sheriff’s deputies said they found another backpack and more stolen property, according to WPTV News.

The arrest report stated that the brothers confessed to burglarizing anywhere from 20 to 30 cars in the same neighborhood between 8 p.m. and midnight. BSO said about 75 electronic items — including GPS devices, an iPad and cellphones — were recovered. About half of the items were returned to their owners.

Anthony and Andrew Cherry are each charged with burglary of a conveyance. They were both booked into the county jail. Most of the cars, BSO said, were unlocked.

Burglary Criminal Defense

There are a lot of possible outcomes for committing a crime like burglary, but usually burglary will go wrong. If you have been caught or accused of burglary, you need to contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately so that you at least have a chance of defending yourself. A criminal defense lawyer can help you build a strong defense so you can get the best possible result out of your trial.

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