Alleged Royal Palm Beach burglar returns laptop but goes to jail anyway

A repentant alleged burglar caught inside a Royal Palm Beach home by a resident returned an item he took, but that didn’t keep the man from landing in the Palm Beach County Jail, according to an arrest report.

Shively

Shively

John Shively, of Wellington, is facing charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools and grand theft between $300 and $5,000 and remains in jail in lieu of $21,000.

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Shively, 48, was inside the home on the 100 block of Wild Oats Court when the 59-year-old female resident entered the house, the report said. Shively was allegedly standing by a sliding glass door holding a laptop computer.

The woman was so shaken that she knocked over a lamp before she asked Shively what he was doing.

Shively left, but not before handing the computer back to the resident, the report said.

Shively was found nearby about one hour later by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies in possession of a set of pliers. The resident picked Shively out of a photo lineup as the man who was in her home, the report said.

Shively told PBSO he thought the home belonged to a friend and pointed out he returned the laptop to the woman. The arrest report indicates that jewelry was taken from the home. Shively said he knew nothing about the missing jewelry.

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