The victim told Sgt. Jason Madnick he got home around 9 p.m. and immediately noticed something was wrong. He said doors were open, lights were on and he heard people talking inside. He said when he yelled “Hello” he saw several people running out the back of the house.
Further investigation revealed a door to the house had been pried opening, causing damage to the door jam. Several bottles of liquor had been opened and consumed, food had been eaten, the guest bedroom was in disarray and the door to one of the bathrooms had been damaged. A Marijuana pipe was found inside and a bicycle was found in the garage that did not belong to the victim.
Deputies responding to the scene encountered three juveniles walking along the road near the victim’s house. When the juveniles saw the officers, two of them tried to hide. They were stopped, detained and identified as 15 year old Edward Hill of Tavernier, 16 year old Alexander Amado of Key Largo and 14 year old Joseph Roth of Tavernier. They said they’d just left the home of a friend who lives nearby, 16 year old Arnaldo Diaz of Key Largo.
Detective Patrick Crozier responded to the scene. Hill, Roth and Amado all admitted they had been inside the burglarized house. Interviews with the boys revealed Amado and Diaz allegedly entered first at about 3:30 p.m. by using a razor knife and prying tool to force open a door. They then called the other two boys, told them they were inside the house and asked them to “come and hang out”.
The razor knife was found stuck in a box in the garage. One of the boys told Sgt. Madnick the bike in the garage belonged to Diaz.
All four boys were arrested. They were charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief and they were booked at the Monroe County Detention Center.