Delray Beach Police Community Service Aide Nabs Suspect


DELRAY BEACH, FL ( — Like many folks throughout South Florida, you may not take “Community Service Aides” seriously as they drive around in their quasi-mock police cars complete with yellow lights. But in Delray Beach, a young man by the name of Justin Chase will always know it was a Community Service Aide who led to his arrest.

We — and other media — ran a photo last week of a man allegedly trying to break into a home that had surveillance cameras and hurricane glass. The glass bounced the brick he threw back. The camera caught it on tape.

Now, an arrest of a suspect in the case:

The Community Service Aide stated that she had investigated a car accident that occurred the day before the attempted burglary and Chase was one of the driver’s. The Community Service Aide had no doubt that the person portrayed on the news was in fact Chase. Coincidentally, Detective Ferreri received two tips through Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers where anonymous tipsters identified the person seen in the surveillance video as Chase. Detective Ferreri confirmed via an old photo and identifying Chase’s tattoos.

Chase is currently being held in the Okaloosa County jail on unrelated charges. Upon his release, he will be charged with Burglary for the case caught on video.The second subject still remains unidentified and at large at this time.

Attached is Okaloosa County’s booking photo of Justin Chase.

(Photos: Booking Photo from Okaloosa County, and Surveillance Shot of attempted home burglary in Delray Beach).



Paul Saperstein


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