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Public tips lead police to quick arrest in burglary

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office thanks public for help

Surveillance image from burglary; booking photo of Lorenza McQueen
Surveillance image from burglary; booking photo of Lorenza McQueen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police have arrested a 39-year-old man suspected of burglarizing a home in the Beauclerc neighborhood Wednesday after receiving numerous tips from the public.

Police released surveillance video of a man on Wednesday stealing a laptop, jewelry and other items from a home on Front Road.

Just after 11 a.m., a homeowner received a notification on his cellphone from his security system that there was someone inside his house on Front Road.  The man opened up the app to view live video from inside his home, which showed a man rummaging through his drawers, police said. 

"I saw him rummaging through more of my belongings, and he was about to take some more of my electrical equipment, so I set off the alarm and scared him out of the house," said the homeowner, who did not wish to be identified. 

According to the police report, Lorenza McQueen gave a false name when he was pulled over Thursday on Phillips Highway. When the officer said he learned McQueen's true identity, he learned there were several outstanding arrest warrants from Georgia for the man.

The arresting officer noted that McQueen looked like the man in the surveillance video and was wearing the same necklace.

When the homeowner saw the intruder take one of his computers, he was able to trigger his home alarm remotely, which caused the burglar to run out, investigators said. 

The homeowner then rushed home from work.

"I was worried he might still be there when I got there. But  I think I scared him off with the siren," he said. "It was a little scary, it's a little violating to see someone running through and going through all your belongs." 

The homeowner credits his surveillance camera, which he bought a couple of months ago, not thinking it would catch crystal-clear images of a burglar. 

"The system got two great videos, so police have those," the homeowner said. "I hope police get you!"

Police said they're are also investigating whether the same man broke into another home in the neighborhood on Beauclerc Road. That homeowner said he told investigators that he bumped into a man who was leaving his yard and later discovered his home had been ransacked, but nothing had been taken.