FAU student arrested for burglary twice in three days

Dylan Bouscher

Stephen Rodriguez. Photo courtesy of Boca Raton Police Department.

FAU student Stephen Rodriguez committed two burglaries in three days — in his own neighborhood, according to a police report.

Last Thursday, Sept. 20, Rodriguez tried breaking into a car and opening the glove compartment before realizing the victim was sitting in the car. So he started running away.

While running, he dropped his wallet and confessed to Boca police when one of their K-9 units caught up with him. He was charged with burglary to a conveyance — or trying to break into a car while someone was sitting in it.

Boca PD released the 23-year-old Rodriguez. Two days later, according to police, he committed another burglary.

It was half past midnight on Sunday, Sept. 23, when Catherine Abbott woke up to the sound of Rodriguez’s voice. He was kneeling on the floor in front of her bedroom door, waving his arms.

“I had come here to talk to you. I was told to,” Rodriguez said. “You need to talk to me.”

Then Abbott, a 44-year-old mother with her two sons and dog still sleeping, told the shirtless man kneeling in front of her bedroom door to leave.

“I’m sorry, my name is Rodriguez, and you need to talk to me now,” he said. “I’m your neighbor.”

When Abbott asked her neighbor to leave again, Rodriguez walked out her front door and headed north on Northwest Seventh Avenue.

Then, Boca PD caught up to Rodriguez around 1:45 a.m. on Northwest Fourth Street — near the Boca Raton Community Church and Christian School — less than a mile away from his neighborhood.

Rodriguez kept running toward a skate park nearby before he was arrested and charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling — or breaking into Abbott’s house — and resisting arrest without violence.

On his way to the holding cells after being booked, Rodriguez allegedly struck an officer in the face and was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer.

The UP will continue to update this story as more develops.