Fort Lauderdale homeowner helps police catch burglary suspect

A Lauderhill teen was arrested after Fort Lauderdale police say he broke into a home on Monday and was caught in the process of stealing jewelry and electronics by the homeowner.

Police said 19-year-old Quavon A. Woodcock — who was chased down the street by the homeowner —later admitted to at least six other home burglaries.

“Our residents are tired of being victimized,” Fort Lauderdale Det. DeAnna Greenlaw said Tuesday. “They are working alongside us to get the criminals off the street.”

Police said the homeowner was alerted by a neighbor that someone was in his home. He arrived at his house on the 2800 block of northwest 25th Street to find Woodcock rummaging through his things.

He chased Woodcock down the street where police had set up a perimeter. Woodcock dropped a loaded duffel bag filled with about $3,500 worth of jewelry and electronics, according to the arrest report.

Surveillance video from an October home burglary — where someone got away with four guns, $50,000 in cash and a game unit —was also linked to Woodcock. For that burglary, he was charged with armed burglary, grand theft of a firearm and grand theft.

Greenlaw said Woodcock is cooperating and detectives are hoping to solve other burglary cases in the city.

“We are hoping to be able to close a lot more cases,” she said.

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