Delray man swims across waterway to elude Boynton police, fails

A 22-year-old Delray Beach man tried to swim away from police officers near Lake Ida after police say he burglarized two cars in Boynton Beach last week.

Luke Clarke-Frost faces charges of fleeing, burglary and grand theft. He was being held on $36,000 bail at the Palm Beach County Jail, according to court records.

Luke Clarke-Frost

Clarke-Frost

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At about 1 a.m. Thursday, a man on the 2500 block of Southwest 11th Court, just east of South Congress Avenue, stepped out of his home and noticed a light on in his Mercedes-Benz, according to the police report. The man said as he approached his car, he noticed a white man wearing a backpack, walking away from the Mercedes.

When he went to check inside his car, he realized the touch-screen stereo system had been removed, according to the report. The man told investigators he checked on the other car in his driveway and saw jewelry and some change were stolen as well.

As police got to the scene, a gray Honda was speeding out of the area where the burglar, later identified as Clarke-Frost, was last seen. The car later turned out to be stolen, police said.

Police initially tried to pull the car over, but Clarke-Frost refused to stop and drove about 3 miles when he turned down a dead-end street on Southwest 37th Court. Officers said Clarke-Frost got out of the car and jumped into the waterway, swimming east to the 800 block of Southwest 36th Street.

Officers made their way to the other street and searched for Clarke-Frost along the waterway and dock with K9 Philip. Police said Clarke-Frost tried to hide under the boat house in the back of one of the residences when he saw the police dog and officers, but eventually surrendered and was arrested. Police said they found a screwdriver, pliers and a flashlight on him.

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