A Lake Park man is facing charges after he allegedly broke into a neighbor’s home and stole computers and TVs the day after Hurricane Irma struck South Florida, according to an arrest report.
Justin Cantrell, 27, is facing charges of burglary of a dwelling during a state of emergency and grand theft between $300 and $5,000. Cantrell’s bail has not been set because he refused to show up for a court appearance Thursday morning, court records show.
Cantrell allegedly broke into the home on the 9200 block of Matso Drive on Sept. 11 by breaking a rear window then unlocking a back door. The resident was staying elsewhere during the hurricane and reported to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies that two desktop computers and two flat-screen televisions were stolen from the home.
One of the stolen computers was found in the home Cantrell rents when PBSO narcotics agents executed a search warrant Oct. 20 in reference to heroin sales.
A witness who lives in the neighborhood told detectives that she saw Cantrell going back and forth from his residence to the burglary victim’s home on Sept. 11 carrying items into his house.
The victim reported the stolen items were worth around $4,000.
Cantrell has a long arrest record involving drugs and thefts Palm Beach County.
State records show that Cantrell served 26 months in prison after he was convicted in December 2012 of burglary and grand theft in Palm Beach County. Cantrell and two others were accused of breaking into a home in Royal Palm Beach and stealing items that included handguns, one of which went off accidentally and struck a man in the back, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Cantrell was released in March 2015 after being sentenced to 41 months.
He is scheduled for another bond appearance Friday.