Delray Beach police credit concerned citizens for helping them arrest three alleged burglars yesterday.
After 2 p.m. yesterday Delray Beach Police received a call reporting a burglary in progress at 319 N.W. Second Ave.
Three men were seen loading a television into a black Volkswagen Jetta, the caller reported.
A police sergeant met with a witness who said he saw the Jetta driving in the area and then saw three men walking from the back of the home wearing backpacks. He told police he knew that the men did not live there, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
Police searched the area and within nine minutes of the call found the Jetta. Police tried pulling the car over; however, the driver sped off down Swinton Avenue. The driver allegedly hit a vehicle and continued, while police followed.
After police lost sight of the Jetta, dispatchers received a call about the Jetta being at 245 N.E. 20th St. A police sergeant arrived there and saw one of the men traveling north on Northridge Road. Police were able to detain him and a witness later positively identified him.
With the permission of the homeowner, police entered the Northeast 20th Street home and found the two remaining suspects. The witness positively identified them, too.
One of the men told police that he hired the others to perform the burglary and paid them for the stolen property. The others also bought him a revolver and a pump shotgun. Police later found the guns.
“This is a perfect example of the community partnering with the Delray Beach Police Department to stop criminal activity in our community,” police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said in a prepared statement. “This case would not have reached such a successful conclusion without the help of the citizens.”
Arrested was 21-year-old Zayfeus Chevallier and 16-year-old Shamaal Irving, both of Delray Beach. Irving is being charged as an adult.
One other teen, a minor, was also arrested. His name is being withheld.