BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Message to potential burglars: Boca Raton Police will catch you. For the second time in really just a matter of hours, Boca Raton Police nabbed a man accused of stealing items from area homes. In this case, they say 27 year old Gregory Chrystal of Lake Worth committed one burglary — was almost caught — and then came back to Boca to do it again.
According to Boca Raton Police:
The first crime occurred on Friday, March 9 at 7377 Rosewood Circle. The caller told Boca Raton Police officers that she saw an unknown male walking out of her father’s open garage carrying an unknown object. She told her father and her husband, who followed the suspect until he got into a white Honda. The husband and father continued to follow the suspect as he drove north on I-95. At one point the suspect pulled off of the road and they confronted the suspect. After a brief exchange, the suspect drove off and the husband and father returned home and discovered that a number of power tools were stolen.
The officer did a computer check on the tag the victim had provided and found the Honda was registered to Gregory Chrystal. Detectives showed the victims a photo line-up and they were able to identify Chrystal as the person in their garage.
Two days later another caller reported seeing an unknown male, later identified as Chrystal, leaving her father’s open garage at 311 Cottonwood Lane. The victim confronted Chrystal, who was carrying a leaf blower, wake board, and air compressor. Chrystal walked away and got into the same white Honda. A responding officer saw the car heading south on NW 2nd Avenue and attempted to pull it over. However, the driver made several evasive maneuvers before officers stopped him in a parking lot on West Yamato Road.
Officers identified Chrystal as the driver and the victim was brought to their location and identified Chrystal as the suspect seen outside his home. When officers searched Chrystal’s car, they found several pawn slips and drug paraphernalia. Officers charged Chrystal with two counts of burglary, one count each of fleeing and eluding an officer, driving with a suspended license, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
Public Service Announcement from BocaNewsNow.com: Chasing a thief is probably not the smartest idea, especially on I-95 — we don’t want to be reporting on anything happening to you. “Stuff” is replaceable. However, a big “nice job” to the homeowners who chased Chrystal and obtained enough information to let the police do what they do best.