PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- Nine people have been arrested for at least ten burglaries and one suspect remains a fugitive, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.
Operation Firehouse focused on the Riviera Beach-based Firehouse Gang and Monroe Heights Posse for break-ins around Loxahatchee, Palm Beach County Estates and Jupiter Farms Neighborhoods, investigators said.
The burglary ring would target homes between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. when victims were at work or school. One suspect would knock at the front door to see if anyone would answer while a second suspect would break-in through a sliding glass door or window around back and unlock the front door. A third suspect would be waiting in a rental car in the driveway for the getaway, detectives said.
It didn't always go according to plan.
A Palm Beach Country Estates homeowner shot and wounded one burglar who was caught in the act. That teenager has been released from the hospital, detectives said.
Among those arrested were: Erika Johnson, 29, Johnnie Thomas, 18, Ti' Asha Wingfield, 18, Mirmonde Pierre, 23, Shakria Graham, 22, Laterria Ingraham, 19, Sharrod Dunston, 18, Zannon Roberts, 20, and Chad Brown, 24. Terry Graham, 21, is still being sought, according to the arrest reports.