Two more men are facing enhanced burglary charges for reported car break-ins near West Palm Beach.
WEST PALM BEACH — Two more people are facing enhanced burglary charges for reportedly pulling on car door handles near West Palm Beach during the Hurricane Dorian-prompted state of emergency.
A neighbor reported seeing Jesus Lacott, 34, and Michael Altieri, 41, tug on car door handles shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday along the 4800 block of Orleans Court, off Military Trail south of Belvedere Road, as some of the storm’s outer bands gusted through Palm Beach County. One of the men entered a brown BMW that the neighbor knew belonged to someone who lived nearby.
With images from the neighbor’s Ring doorbell camera, detectives quickly found and detained Altieri.
Lacott, however, reportedly ran toward a detective with something in his hands, prompting the detective to point a gun at him and order him to the ground.
He had a bag with heroin, records show.
Both men face charges of burglary during a state of emergency, meaning a third-degree burglary charge typical for unarmed burglaries when no one is present is upgraded to a second-degree felony offense.
They also face charges in additional cases: Altieri for reportedly stealing a car and Lacott for failing to appear to court. They remain jailed in lieu of bond.
Their arrests mark the seventh and eighth such arrests on the enhanced burglary charges since Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered a state of emergency last week ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
Boynton Beach police arrested four Miami-area men - Bryan T. Adderly, 20; Nigel Francois, 19; Anton L. Hammond, Jr., 21; and Kadiel D. Smith, 19 - on similarly enhanced charges after they reportedly were caught rummaging through cars Tuesday morning.
In West Palm Beach, police arrested Jamie Lima on the enhanced charge for reportedly breaking into a car late Saturday on the south end of the city and Dontay Brice for allegedly burglarizing a restaurant Monday in the Northwood neighborhood.
At least 16 people faced similarly enhanced charges for reportedly looting before, during and after Hurricane Irma two years ago in Palm Beach County.