NEW: Acreage neighbor attacked woman who caught him thieving, cops say


It’s said that good fences make good neighbors. An Acreage woman might buy a better fence after she said she discovered her neighbor had pushed in her fence and burglarized her house.

She discovered the thefts from her Coconut Boulevard home Thursday night. According to a probable cause affidavit, she said she looked out her yard and saw her neighbor, later identified as Joseph Peter Beaton III, 33, with a cart or wheelbarrow in his front yard loaded with tools. She also saw what looked like wheelbarrow tracks leading fron her yard out past her gate.

Two accused in thefts from several Home Depots

Missing from her house were a broad variety of tools and one gun, including a saw worth more than $6,000. The woman told deputies she went across the street where Beaton and his father, Joseph Beaton II, 68, were standing with a woman holding one of her husband’s drills. The victim said she would call police and took two pictures before the son grabbed her phone, threw it to the ground and pushed her to the ground. The elder Beaton did not intervene or help.

A deputy who knew the Beatons from previous experiences went to the father’s house on 52nd Road North in the Acreage, where he saw property being taken from a car to a shed. Deputies later stopped their car and found a tool identified as the victim’s.

Joseph Beaton III and Joseph Beaton II were charged with burglary to a dwelling while armed, grand theft and strong armed robbery. Joseph Beaton III also faces charges of failure to appear, unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure, and damage to property over $200 but under $1,000. The woman with the Beatons was not charged.




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