Snapchat tip helps police solve historic home burglary, vandalism

FELLSMERE — An anonymous tip of a burglary and vandalism of a historic home led police to question two suspects, one of whom posted the incident in Snapchat photos and videos, police said.

The boys, ages 15 and 14, both of Fellsmere, confessed to police of their involvement in the crime. Police will fill out juvenile complaint affidavits and will present it to the State Attorney’s Office for prosecution, said Detective Adam Dean.

The decision to press charges will be up to the State Attorney’s Office.

Fellsmere police said the vandalism and burglary happened sometime between 8 a.m. Dec. 21, 2017, and 8 a.m. Dec. 23, 2017 at the “Section Foreman’s” home. The suspects broke a window, spray painted the window and interior wall at the historic home, leaving $350 in damages.

The home is located on South Carolina Avenue near 134th Court.

An anonymous tipster saw the posts about the crime on the police department’s Facebook page. The tipster gave police information about one of the suspects who posted photos and videos of the crime on his Snapchat profile page.

The boys, who are both students at Sebastian River High School, were not arrested, but are expected to appear in juvenile court, Dean said.

The Section Foreman’s house is a historic home that was recently relocated and renovated with a $175,000 grant. The home is considered the oldest structure in Fellsmere.

Fellsmere police thanked the anonymous tipster for coming forward with the information that helped police solve the crime.

Photos provided by Fellsmere Police Department

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