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MASKED LOCKSMITH IN STICKY SITUATION

BSO Case Number: PB02-07-03684
PIO Number: 02-7-24
Date: July 9, 2002
Place of Occurrence: 777 South Andrews Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL

Victim(s):

  • Colin Allan, 54, 2/18/48 (former police officer, address withheld)

Suspect(s):

  • David Lee Merkatz, 43, 5/23/59, 5030 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton, FL

Description of Incident:

A Boca Raton locksmith stands accused of vandalizing at least one Pompano Beach business by squirting glue into the lock of the company.

It’s not known if 43-year old David Lee Merkatz was trying to generate a need for his services or if he similarly sabotaged other companies, however, when Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested him, a list of area businesses was found in his possession. It is possible some of those listed businesses had had their locks damaged as well.

Shortly before 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2002, deputies were called to Custom Designed Trust Company at 777 South Andrews Avenue in Pompano Beach. When deputies arrived, they found Merkatz fighting with another man.

After separating the fighting pair, BSO detectives pieced together the story. The man fighting with Merkatz was 54-year old Colin Allan, a private investigator hired by Custom Designed Trust to look into previous vandalism at the building.

According to Allan, he was watching Custom Designed Trust from his car when he saw Merkatz pull up to the business in a van. Allan says Merkatz, wearing a long coat and a mask, walked up to the front door of the company and tampered with the lock. Allan pulled his car into the lot and blocked Merkatz’s van, then attempted to detain Merkatz at gunpoint while calling BSO. At that point, Merkatz reportedly punched Allan and the two began scuffling until deputies arrived.

David Lee Merkatz was taken to the Broward Sheriff's Office Main Jail where he bonded out on several charges, including criminal mischief, battery, loitering or prowling, and wearing a mask, hood or other device on property of another.

Anyone with information on similar vandalism in the Pompano Beach area should contact Detective D. Mellies at (954) 786-4568.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. D. Mellies D11/CI
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 7/19/02 10:00 a.m.

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