A 16 year old Plantation Key teen was arrested Wednesday for burglarizing a home. He was identified as the suspect after he left a computer in the burglarized home logged in to his Facebook account.
When Deputy Luis Gomez responded to the Gardenia Street home, he met with the victim who said someone had been in his home and moved things around. He said he and his wife left that morning and returned at 1 p.m. to find someone had entered the residence. He said he doesn’t ever lock the house and doesn’t even have a key to it.
He told Deputy Gomez he could tell someone had been on his computer. He said the computer’s browser history showed many visits to pornography sites and to YouTube while he had been gone from the house. An Ipad had been moved, and someone had charged it. The Ipad was still logged in to the Facebook page of a 16 year old boy.
Deputy Gomez called School Resource Deputy Larry O’Neill, who works at Coral Shores High School. He asked Deputy O’Neill if the boy from the Facebook page was a student at the school. Deputy O’Neill confirmed he was. The boy was interviewed and admitted to entering the house and accessing the computer equipment. He said he also ate a Pop Tart and drank a soda. He said he’d been inside the home before. He said he left school and walked around the neighborhood until he found a house with no cars in the driveway. When he found the door unlocked, he went inside.
The boy was arrested. He was charged with burglary and theft and he was booked at the Plantation Key Jail.