Two roofers face burglary charges after $70,000 in goods stolen from Lake Worth work site

Two men were arrested recently after detectives say they stole $70,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and other property from a Lake Worth apartment on the same day they repaired its roof.

Daniel Thompson, 28, of Lantana was arrested Thursday on charges of residential burglary, dealing in stolen property, grand theft, false verification of ownership and escape from custody. He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $60,000 bail.

His co-defendant, Christopher Carmichael, 26, of suburban Lake Worth also is being held at the jail on similar charges in lieu of $16,000 bail, jail records show. He was arrested Dec. 30.

Carmichael and Thompson were hired to repair the roof of an apartment on Second Avenue North, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office probable-cause affidavit.

A resident left the apartment Dec. 29 and locked the door. When she returned, she found it "ransacked," the affidavit said. The list of missing items included her passports, Social Security cards, cell phones, six watches, other jewelry, an Apple laptop computer, a camera and a camcorder.

Carmichael and Thompson had been working on her roof earlier in the day.

The next day, detectives met with the men's supervisor and the victim's husband. The boss told deputies he had had problems with Thompson - that he will be "doing a job and the house ends up burglarized," the affidavit said.

Carmichael later admitted to detectives that he pawned some of the items and knew they were stolen. He blamed the burglary on Thompson and denied being involved in it.

Thompson was arrested Thursday at a Publix super market on Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach. After being handcuffed, Thompson briefly escaped before being captured.