DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Delray Beach Police Department) — A 60-year-old woman with an extensive criminal history is facing multiple burglary and grand theft over $100,000 charges after cutting locks and pilfering multiple storage units, amassing a cache of stolen items that includes assorted household items, electronics, musical instruments and taxidermy as well as the Preakness Cup, gilded horseshoes and other memorabilia from the 1969 Preakness Stakes.
Alicia Elaine Murphy of Boca Raton was taken into custody Wednesday evening after Delray Beach police officers and detectives arrived at her Enfield Street house with a box truck and a search warrant. After finding several stolen items in the home, they confiscated the items and arrested Murphy.
The warrant was the culmination of an investigation into about a dozen storage unit burglaries at Cubesmart,14216 S. Military Trail in Delray Beach, that have happened since July. DBPD’s Problem-Oriented Policing Unit officers and criminal investigations detectives determined that Murphy rented a storage unit at the facility, routinely stole property and pawned it. Detectives estimate the value of the hundreds of stolen items to be between $350,000 and $400,000.
Murphy sent the Preakness Cup and other mementos from the 1969 race to an auction house in New York that specializes in sports collectibles. The auction company had already given Murphy a $15,000 advance on the cup.
The investigation into the extent of Murphy’s thefts is ongoing. Anyone with information can report it to DBPD Det. Christopher Trapasso at (561) 243-7868.