George Fraga knew something was amiss when he spotted someone loitering and lurking in an area where he was performing landscaping duties.
Fraga, owner and operator of George’s Lawn Service, on March 11 saw a man pry open the front door of a residence in the 9800 block of Southwest 222th Street.
He called 911 and reported the man and his activities, while staying on the line with police. Officer Deborah Fleites, from the town’s policing unit, was nearby at the time and responded to the burglary in progress.
Fleites entered the house and found the burglar hiding in the master-bedroom closet, clutching jewelry from inside the residence. She arrested Ryan Troiano, 35, who is charged with burglary to an unoccupied dwelling, grand theft and possession of burglary tools.
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Fraga and Fleites were each honored with a certificate at the June 17 town council meeting at town hall.
“This is the very best example of our citizens working with our police to stop crime in Cutler Bay,” Mayor Peggy Bell said. “We are most grateful to both Mr. Fraga, and Officer Fleites for their bravery and quick action in stopping a crime in progress.”