FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – In response to an increase in car burglaries, police set up a decoy vehicle, with a laptop inside, in the affected area of NW 7th Avenue and West Sunrise Boulevard.
A 16-year-old male was arrested after he walked up to the decoy vehicle, opened the passenger door, and took the laptop, marked with SmartWater CSI, from the backseat of the decoy car.
The 16-year-old who removed the laptop was accompanied by two others. All three tried to get away, fleeing southbound across Sunrise Boulevard.
The three suspects, residents of Ft. Lauderdale, were taken into custody in the 900 block of Northwest 7 Terrace.
The sting was organized in response to the recent crime-spike and was assigned to the Burglary Investigation Suppression Team of the Criminal Investigations Division.
The detectives used a black light to detect the presence of SmartWater CSI on the laptop and confirmed it was the one stolen from the decoy vehicle.
The 16-year-old was arrested and charged with one count of burglary.
Anyone with information regarding car burglaries in the area should contact Detective Lauren Dukanauskas at 954-828-6357.