Car Burglars Caught in the Act by an Off-Duty Detective

Patrick Ruel Brinson Jr. and Jovan Michael.

By: Jen Russon

Two men were arrested after an off-duty detective witnessed them attempting to break into a car outside of a Coral Springs daycare.

On August 19, at approximately 9 a.m. the theft occurred during the end of the two-hour window in which parents drop children off at preschool at Temple Beth Orr located at 2151 Riverside Dr.

According to Fort Lauderdale Police Detective. J. Torres, who witnessed the crime, suspects Jovan Michael, 27, and Patrick Ruel Brinson Jr., 29, both from Fort Lauderdale, drove into the parking lot, exited their silver Volkswagen Passat, and walked up to the victim’s Honda.

Michael was observed smashing the front driver’s side window, while Brinson appeared to stand watch.

Torres said daycare centers are a typical target for vehicle burglaries and that the two suspects spent several minutes in the lot, moving to multiple parking spots before the theft.

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The pair fled the scene empty-handed and were later arrested in Plantation at 12:27 p.m. that day.

When police interviewed the victim, she said no property was stolen.

Michael and Brinson were taken into custody by Plantation Police and members of the South Florida Burglary Task Force and charged with theft.

Coral Springs Police tell residents always to remember to secure valuables in the trunk or take them inside.

If you see suspicious activity, report it to “Make a Call, Make a Difference” by contacting their non-emergency number 954-344-1800.

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