Broward County

A boy in the house doesn’t deter a robber who knocked first

Suspect sends victim to his room during break-in

Broward police are searching for a burglar who was captured by the security system at a Dania Beach home. Ernesto Pena, 12, was home alone watching television when a man entered the home. Ernesto stepped out of his room and saw a heavyset stranger
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Broward police are searching for a burglar who was captured by the security system at a Dania Beach home. Ernesto Pena, 12, was home alone watching television when a man entered the home. Ernesto stepped out of his room and saw a heavyset stranger

Ernesto Pena heard a knock on the front door of his Dania Beach home. Alone, 12 years old, and unsure what problems might walk in when he opened the door, he ignored it.

A robber came in through a window. Ernesto came out to find the man in his sister’s room.

He ordered Ernesto back to his room, where the boy stayed until the robber departed with several electronic items, jewelry and passports.

Surveillance video inside the house caught a man in his 20s, with hair cut short and a goatee. He wore a white T-shirt, black shorts and black shoes.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact Broward Sheriff’s Office Detective Peter McGowan at 954-518-0155 or Broward Crime Stoppers via the website or 954-493-8477. The latter offers up to $3,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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