Police investigate burglary of tented home in Fla.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WHDH) -- Police are have arrested three individuals after the burglary of a home that was under fumigation.
Someone broke into the home on Southwest 18th Avenue and Fourth Street, at about 2 a.m. Wednesday while it was being fumigated. "I heard the alarm go off," said Marlys Cooper.
Cooper lives next door to the home and had a feeling the home would be targeted. "I knew that they were going to get in," she said.
Investigators said the homeowner notified authorities after spotting two suspicious people inside his home on surveillance cameras. "As he was looking at his surveillance footage, he realized that he noticed individuals rummaging through his house," said Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Travis Mandell.
Police said the crooks covered their faces with a scarf and a T-shirt while inside the fumigated home. "These chemicals in these houses are not for human consumption, so someone who's willing to risk their lives to steal a couple of pieces of jewelry doesn't make sense to me," said Mandell.
Police, Hazmat crews and the exterminator responded to the scene. The exterminator had to remove the fumigation tent in order for crews and police to enter the home, but the subjects were nowhere in sight.
Later that morning, authorities set up a perimeter and tracked down three subjects and the stolen goods near the Swap Shop in Sunrise, after receiving a tip. Police arrested two juveniles on burglary charges. A third was arrested, suspected in an unrelated charge.
Police believe two of them were inside the home and the third was the getaway driver. "Thanks to police's stellar work, we were able to obtain information regarding the jewelry that had been stolen in the burglary," said Mandell.
Police have detained three subjects and are now questioning them.