Delray Beach man on probation arrested in series of burglaries



A man on probation is in the Palm Beach County Jail after he allegedly broke into several vehicles while under surveillance by police agencies, according to an arrest report.

John Thomas MacNeil is also facing charges that he walked into a home in Palm Beach and stole a wallet containing $1,500.

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MacNeil, 32, is facing a dozen charges including various counts of burglary and probation violation. McNeil is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail without bond. He was sentenced to two years probation through September 2017 after he was convicted in Broward County in 2015 of burglary of an occupied structure.

Among other charges, MacNeil is accused of walking into a home on the 100 block of Canterbury Lane in Palm Beach and stealing a woman’s purse containing $1,500 and several gift cards, the report said. MacNeil was able to enter the home by posing as a construction worker, the report said.

MacNeil is also being charged with breaking into several vehicles in Boca Raton. MacNeil was witnessed entering vehicles by members of the South Florida Task Force before his arrest Friday.

Asked about breaking into a landscape truck in Boca Raton, MacNeil told told police: “I was out snooping around today, yea. I’ll keep it [expletive] real with you guys,” the report said.
MacNeil added that “when I get high, I do stupid [expletive].”

As Boca Raton detectives were completing their investigation, MacNeil’s fiancée showed up at the police department about a bag she found in her car that didn’t belong to her. MacNeil was allegedly using the woman’s car when he was arrested. The vehicle was then towed to a tow yard, the report said.

The bag was allegedly stolen out of a truck from a woman working for a landscaping business.


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