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BSO BUSTS ‘BROTHERS BURGLAR’ Thief Suspected in Dozens of Crimes

BSO Case Number: TM02-11-02999, PB02-11-09851, LS02-11-00412 (more pending)
PIO Number: 02-12-19
Date: November 24th and 27th, 2002
Place of Occurrence: Dozens throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties

Victim(s):

  • Dozens throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties

Suspect(s):

  • Robert E. Lewis, 33, 4/15/69, 284 NE 42nd Street, Pompano Beach, FL

Description of Incident:

The Broward Sheriff's Office has put an end to the short but prolific criminal career of the “Brothers Burglar”, otherwise known as 33-year old Robert E. Lewis. So far, Lewis has confessed to more than sixty burglaries and may be responsible for dozens more in Broward and Palm Beach counties

According to BSO detectives, Lewis started his one-man crime spree this past October and used all the proceeds to feed his drug habit. Typically, Lewis would smash the window of a business, quickly make his way to the cash register, and steal whatever money was available. He was usually in and out in less than two minutes.

During the early morning hours of Sunday, November 24, 2002, cameras caught Lewis as he broke into the Video Outlet III store at 3803 W. Commercial Boulevard in Tamarac and stole about 20-dollars in cash. He was dubbed the “Brothers Burglar” after cameras caught him late that same evening as he tore into the cash register at Brothers restaurant, 1325 S. Pompano Parkway in Pompano Beach. On November 27th, shortly before 4:00 a.m., cameras again picked-up Lewis as he burgled the Dairy Queen at 235-C East Commercial Road in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.

Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives put an end to Lewis’ burglary binge on Thursday, December 5, 2002. Using information developed by BSO detectives and a tip from Lighthouse Point Police, Lewis was arrested at his home at 284 NE 42nd Street in Pompano Beach.

Detectives say Lewis has confessed to thirty-eight burglaries in Pompano Beach, eleven in BSO’s North Broward District, nearly two-dozen in Deerfield Beach, several in Tamarac, and at least one in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Investigators from Lighthouse Point, Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Margate, and Plantation are also working with BSO to see if Lewis is behind similar crimes in those cities.

Robert E. Lewis is in the Broward Sheriff's Office Main Jail on five theft-related charges, but many more charges are likely pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.

(Attention media: Decent quality video of three of Lewis’ burglaries is available at the Broward Sheriff's Office Media Relations Office M-F from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. )

INVESTIGATORS: Det. I. Doriot, D-10, Dets. D. Mellies & J. Schott, D-11, Det. A. DelPozzo, D-13, Det. S. Popps, D-7,
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 12/11/02 2:00 pm

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