Police said yesterday that a man suspected of breaking into a Sea Breeze Estates home drowned in the canal after he attempted to evade capture.
The man, believed to be in his late 20’s, was one of three men suspected of breaking into a home at Bay Lily Drive. Police said a concerned citizen contacted them around 10 a.m. about the ongoing crime.
When police arrived at the home, officers observed the men running away. Two of the suspects were caught almost immediately, police said.
The third suspect jumped in a nearby canal. As the suspect swam away, he came under distress, police said.
Officers jumped into the canal to assist and pulled the suspect to the shore.
Despite receiving CPR, the suspect was pronounced dead on the scene by medical personnel, police said.
Superintendent Shanta Knowles yesterday encouraged homeowners to secure their properties.
“We know that the summer months [are ahead] and we know that a lot of children will be on the streets and probably will be unattended,” Knowles said.
“[They] could be easily influenced by adults to commit crimes such as housebreakings.
“First of all, we want to encourage parents to, especially during the summer months, ensure that your children are involved in positive activities so that they don’t become involved in crime or even victims of crime.
“We want to encourage homeowners to take every precaution to secure their homes when they are not there.”
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