Fingerprints on broken TV results in Boynton Beach man’s arrest

While allegedly burglarizing a home in suburban Boynton Beach last September that residents had evacuated as Hurricane Irma approached, Oskar Lopez dropped a television set he was attempting to steal, authorities said.

The television’s screen cracked, causing Lopez to leave it behind, according to an arrest report.

Lopez also left his fingerprints behind.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was able to recover Lopez’s fingerprints from the TV, leading to his arrest on Monday at his home in Boynton Beach.

Lopez, 23, is facing charges of burglary during a state of emergency, grand theft between $300 and $5,000 and criminal mischief under $1,000. He is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $11,000 bail.

Lopez allegedly stole $580 worth of video-game consoles from the home. The television he damaged was valued at $900, and he also caused $275 of damage to the front door while breaking into the home, the report said.

The break-in occurred between Sept. 8 and Sept. 11 at Sand & Sea Village, a mobile-home community west of Interstate 95 and north of Gateway Boulevard.

During the time frame when Lopez allegedly committed the burglary, seven other residences were broken into in Sand & Sea Village, the report said. Lopez has not been connected to the other burglaries.

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