Cocoa Police Arrest Home Burglary Suspect

By  //  April 17, 2015

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Richard William Verity, 47 arrested

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Cocoa police arrested Richard William Verity, 47, at about 1 p.m. in the area of Range Road and Hooper Road and charged him with Burglary To Occupied Structure, Resisting Law Enforcement Officer Without Violence, Burglary and Theft, according to Barbara Matthews, Cocoa Police Public Information Officer. (Cocoa Police image)

UPDATE: April 17, 2015

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa police arrested Richard William Verity, 47, at about 1 p.m. Thursday in the area of Range Road and Hooper Road and charged him with Burglary To Occupied Structure, Resisting Law Enforcement Officer Without Violence, Burglary and Theft, according to Barbara Matthews, Cocoa Police Public Information Officer.

Cocoa police arrested Richard William Verity, 47, at about 1 p.m. in the area of Range Road and Hooper Road and charged him with Burglary To Occupied Structure, Resisting Law Enforcement Officer Without Violence, Burglary and Theft, according to Barbara Matthews, Cocoa Police Public Information Officer.

On Thursday, police were called to the area of the 1900 block of Otterbein Avenue in reference to an occupied burglary.

COCOA-PD-BREAKING-180Upon arrival, officers made contact with a resident who said a suspect had entered her screened-in porch area. The victim began shouting at the man who was attempting to remove clothes from her clothes line.

The victim then met up with another neighbor and they walked around the neighbor’s residence where they saw the same man coming out of the neighbor’s porch with some fishing poles in his hand.

They confronted the suspect who got on a bike and headed west towards the Cocoa Commons Shopping Center. The suspect took flight into the wooded area and was able to elude police.

Police continued to look for Verity throughout the evening and on Friday, April 17, 2015, Verity was taken into custody at approximately 1:00 p.m., in the area of Range Road and Hooper.

Verity is charged with Burglary to occupied structure, resisting LEO without violence, burglary and theft.

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ORIGINAL STORY: April 16, 2015

Cocoa Police Seeking Home Burglary Suspect

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The Cocoa Police Department is seeking a man who is suspected of entering a home on Quail Ridge Court in Cocoa at about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

According to Cocoa Police Public Information Officer Barbara Matthews, police received a call from a victim claiming that a man had entered her screened-in front porch and was stealing items.

The resident confronted the man, but the suspect took off on foot. The resident then witnessed the suspect entering another residence, according to Officer Matthews.

When the officers arrived on scene, the suspect fled, stealing a shirt off of a clothes line and changing into the new shirt to change his appearance.

According to Officer Matthews, witnesses saw the suspect run into the wooded area behind the Cocoa Common Shopping Center on SR 524, but police were unable to apprehend the suspect.

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The police have determined the suspect’s identity, but has not released his name at this time.

One officer suffered a minor injury to his hand while searching for the suspect in the wooded area.

The investigation is ongoing and police are continuing their search for the suspect.

CRIMELINE-200If you feel you have more information, contact the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct General Crimes Unit at 321-617-7306 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

You can also visit crimeline.org or text ‘crimeline ’ plus your tip to CRIME (27463).

All information to CRIMELINE is confidential and you may be eligible for a reward. 

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ABOVE MAP: According to Cocoa Police Department Public Information Officer Barbara Matthews, witnesses saw the suspect run into the wooded area behind the Cocoa Common Shopping Center on SR 524, but police were unable to apprehend the suspect.


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