Men accused of burglarizing Cooper City homes arrested

Detectives believe men searched for guns while breaking into people's homes

From left: Rene Velasco and Timothy Miller
From left: Rene Velasco and Timothy Miller

COOPER CITY, Fla. – Two men accused of burglarizing homes in Cooper City while searching for guns were arrested by members of the Broward Sheriff's Office Burglary Apprehension Team.

BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter said Rene Velasco, 24, and Timothy Miller, 22, were caught in the act by authorities Wednesday while burglarizing a home in the city's Flamingo Gardens neighborhood.

According to Carter, Velasco was dropped off down the street from the victim's home at about 7:40 p.m. She said Miller parked the car just west of the victim's house and stayed inside the vehicle.

Carter said Velasco checked the woman's mailbox and then walked to her backyard.

"He broke into the victim's home by prying open one of the home's sliding glass doors. Velasco was in the home for approximately 20 minutes and came out of the house with a pillowcase in hand," Carter said.

Both men were arrested at Palm Avenue and Pines Boulevard. Carter said a handgun that was stolen from the victim's house and the pillowcase were found in the suspects' car.

Velasco, a convicted felon, faces charges for burglary of a dwelling, grand theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and driving with a suspended license. Miller faces charges of burglary of a dwelling and grand theft.

Detectives believe the men are responsible for other burglaries in the area.

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