Police: 3 teens burglarize tented home, 2 arrested
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (WSVN) -- A 911 call from a watchful neighbor led to the arrest of two teenage boys who are being charged with breaking into a South Florida home that was being fumigated for bugs, investigators said.
Police arrived at the residence at 1200 Harrison St. in Hollywood around 3 a.m. Sunday. Officials said 19-year-old Robert Taylor and his 16-year-old accomplice fled from authorities when they confronted them. They were taken into custody after a perimeter search and charged with burglary to a residence and resisting arrest without violence.
According to the detectives who questioned the suspects, there was one more subject involved in the alleged break-in who remains at large and has been identified as a juvenile male.
From his second story apartment, next-door neighbor Terry Tibbs heard the three perpetrators park their car in the alley that separates him from the tented home. From his bedroom, he saw the teens exit from the vehicle, climb over his neighbors' fence and enter the yard. "When I see somebody get into the backyard, I knew right away, that's not right," said Tibbs, who immediately dialed 911.
He then saw the suspects peel away the tent and, despite the signs warning of toxic fumes, they went inside. Police rushed to the home a few minutes later.
"About five minutes after that, I mean, all hell broke loose," said Tibbs., who added he saw the teens flee from the house. Authorities said officers lost sight of them and eventually decided to look closer to the epicenter of the scene. "I guess they figured, 'They still have to be here. They didn't get out,' and they didn't," said Tibbs.
Police found Taylor and the 16-year-old about 45 minutes later, hiding in the tented home's backyard.
Fire Rescue crews examined the house around 9 a.m. due to the potential hazard the chemicals used to fumigate the property may have posed to the subjects. No one was located inside the residence.
The homeowners returned to the house Sunday afternoon and thanked Tibbs for calling authorities. They declined to comment.
Tibbs said he was just doing what he would want any neighbor to do if he had been in the homeowners' place. "Wouldn't you want somebody to do that for you? I don't know the people that well, but somebody that violates somebody's residence just bugs me, man," said Tibbs.
If you have any information on this burglary or the whereabouts of the third suspect, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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