Baby monitor captures thief burglarizing home in Weston

A burglar was captured on a baby monitor Wednesday breaking into a home in Weston.

The footage shows the thief forcing his way into the home by prying open a window and climbing into the bedroom of the homeowner’s 2-year-old daughter.

“My phone started pinging and letting me know someone may be in the house. And it was my baby monitor for my child’s room,” Guillermo Gonzalo said. 

Gonzalo told Local 10 News that he was at work about noon Wednesday when he got the alert.

“I checked the footage and it showed that someone had broken into the house. In fact, it showed someone coming in through the window, in my child’s room,” he said. 

Gonzalo and his wife both work, and fortunately, he said his daughter was safe at day care. 

Video shows the burglar walk back to close the window before going through the rest of the home. 

“The person was in the house for about 10 minutes, at least, looking for and going through the house looking for any valuables,” Gonzalo said. 

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies went to the house, but the burglar was already gone.

The burglar was wearing distinctive reddish gloves and a sweatshirt with the word “Italia” across the front. Gonzalo said the window that was broken into was secured and locked.

In the meantime, he is using hurricane shutters to protect his home.  

“You feel violated when these kinds of things happen,” Gonzalo said. “My wife — I sent her and my daughter to my in-laws house in the meantime.”

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 

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Weston student kicked off college soccer team for racial slur

A Weston student has withdrawn from college after she was kicked off the school’s soccer team for making a racial slur on social media.

Georgia State University suspended freshmen Natalia Martinez, 18, from the team days after she used one of her Instagram accounts to make the slur. Martinez withdrew from school the same day the suspension was announced on Jan. 22.

Martinez, a graduate of Cypress Bay High School in Weston, apologized for the remarks in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“The truth is, I could give you excuses … but what you need to know is what’s in my heart,” said Martinez.


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Cypress Bay High School student receives text threatening her life

A South Florida mother is on edge after she said threatening text messages were recently sent to her daughter.

The teen believes the messages are from a 10th-grader at Cypress Bay High School in Weston.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that a teen received a citation and was not arrested since this is his first offense. 

The mother said the student threatened to kill and dismember her daughter.

“I don’t want to be that mom standing over my daughter’s grave and say, ‘The cops told me it was just talk,'” Staci Grogan said. 

Grogan said she fears for her daughter’s life.

The 14-year-old told her mother that she randomly received several screenshots of text messages that appear to be between two boys discussing harmful things they would do to her and a friend.

“There’s explicit threats, even this morning, of how the guy asking to help the other person how to dispose the bodies, feed them to the sharks. There’s explicit details. To me, that’s premeditated rape, premeditated kidnapping, premeditated murder — not OK,” Grogan said. 

A screenshot of one of the text chats reads, in part: “So how are you going to kidnap them and get away with it?”

The person responds, “I’m going to go with my gang in my boy’s car and snatch them from wherever they are hanging out with no cameras or witness (expletive).”

“It makes me very concerned that this is happening in the school and we don’t know where it’s coming from or who it is,” Grogan said. 

Grogan said her daughter believes the string of texts came from someone at her school.

Grogan said she took her concerns straight to the Weston Police Department. 

“The sergeant basically said that, ‘Well, you know the threat wasn’t directly made to your daughter,'” Grogan said. “I said, ‘Direct or indirect, my daughter’s name was mentioned in this thread and her pictures are in the thread. To me, that’s a direct threat and it’s very concerning.'” 

BSO deputies said they worked with the Weston Police Department to determine who was behind the texts. 

Authorities said the teen will have to attend a juvenile civil citation program. If he completes the program successfully, he will be not be charged. 

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3 hospitalized after ‘haze’ at Anda Pharmaceuticals center in Weston prompts evacuation

Three people required hospitalization after a mysterious haze prompted some to experience shortness of breath and chest pain Wednesday night at the Anda Pharmaceuticals center in Weston. 

The Broward Sheriff’s Office hazardous materials team and Sunrise Fire Rescue responded to the building at 2915 Weston Road. They evacuated 12 employees.

The BSO crew “performed a battery of diagnostic tests and found no harmful readings inside or outside the facility,” BSO Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Kane said. “It is unknown what caused the haze.”

Firefighters rushed the three workers to the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston. 

Anda Pharmaceuticals distributes generic and brand pharmaceutical products focused on urology and women’s health. 


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2 men steal $4,100 worth of opiates from Weston pharmacy, deputies say

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for two men who they said were captured on surveillance video stealing $4,100 worth of opiates from a Weston pharmacy in just 90 seconds.

The theft was reported just after 5 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Walgreens at 199 Weston Road.

Deputies said the men used a yellow crowbar to pry open the front doors.

Once inside, the burglars quickly made their way to the pharmacy where they forced open the security gate. Deputies said the thieves rummaged through pill bottles and stole various pharmaceuticals intended for pain relief.

The stolen medications included Opana, oxycodone, methadone, Oxycontin, Endocet, morphine, hydrocodone and methylphenidate, which is categorized as a central nervous system stimulant.

One thief wore a piece of black fabric to cover his face and another wore a light-colored mask.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Detective Juan Hernandez at 954-389-2010 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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