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Thief with stars tattoos targeted several carpenters in Broward County, deputies say

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. – The Broward Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest after a man was captured on surveillance video last month breaking into a woodshop in Oakland Park and stealing about $10,000 worth of tools.

The victim, Way Hoyt, said last month that his nine surveillance cameras captured a thief stealing two generators and all of his hand tools and cordless drills.

“I was pretty dismayed,” Hoyt said, adding “I have worked a long time to get all this stuff.”

Detectives believe Hoyt wasn’t Steven Cyriack’s only victim. Mike Fanslow, a carpenter in Broward County, also had surveillance video of a burglar who looked just like Cyriack. He said the thief stole about $3,000 in tools out of his work truck.

Cyriacks, 33, was taken into custody Thursday on charges of petty theft, burglary and grand theft. Cyriacks also faces charges of possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and bringing contraband into a detention facility.

“I hope he will be put away for a long time,” Hoyt said.

The burglar walked right through the front door to his shop and then used his tools to cut his fence open.

“I didn’t lock the deadbolt on the building — the one night that I don’t do that,” said Hoyt, who owns Tree Trimmers & Associates.

Kelly Rinaldi, Hoyt’s assistant, set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to help Hoyt recover from the loss.


About the Authors:

Christian De La Rosa joined Local 10 News in April 2017 after spending time as a reporter and anchor in Atlanta, San Diego, Orlando and Panama City Beach.

Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.