Melbourne Man Tries To Fake Home Burglary

A Melbourne man was arrested after making a false police report.
A Melbourne man was arrested after making a false police report. Photo by Brevard County Jail.

MELBOURNE, Florida – A man called the Melbourne Police Department to make a report of a home burglary, but the officer had his suspicions, according to the report.

Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Jose M. Sosa, 47, who advised someone came into the residence through a broken window and stole two wrist watches.

Sosa stated he had come home from work at approximately 2:30 p.m. and observed damage to his bedroom window. The window was previously broken prior to the burglary. Sosa installed two pieces of wood to cover the window opening.

However, the officer noticed that the opening was slightly larger than a piece of paper.

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“It did not appear large enough for someone to get through as I observed it,” the officer said.

As Sosa claimed that two watches were stolen, he showed a picture of them together on the bed. Out of suspicion, the officer wondered why he only had a picture of the alleged stolen watches and nothing else. Sosa said he took the photo about two weeks before the burglary.

Police asked to look at his camera, which showed the date of the picture as the same day of the report. The time stamp on the photo was taken at 8:27 p.m. and the officer arrived at the scene at 8:40 p.m. the same day.

At this point, Sosa admitted he lied about the burglary and recovered the two watches in a utility closet.

Sosa was arrested and transported to the Brevard County Jail where he was charged with reporting a False Police Report.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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