A Royal Caribbean cruise ship employee was arrested Thursday for allegedly burglarizing the homes of nearly two dozen South Florida customers while they were away on cruises.
Detectives say the Miami woman accessed the victims’ information at Royal Caribbean’s offices in Miramar, where she worked as a vacation planner, according to a Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
She and her husband, John Lopez, later broke into nearly two dozen homes and took off with flat-screen televisions and other expensive items, the report said.
The burglaries happened at homes in Boca Raton, Boytnon Beach, Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens and Coral Springs starting in November 2009. Most had one thing in common: a hole was cut in the home’s rear sliding glass door after the victims left on Royal Caribbean cruises.
Detectives confronted Sandoval on June 2. In a taped statement, she allegedly confessed to her role in the burglaries, the report said. She told them she would drive her husband to the homes in a black SUV and waited outside while he broke into the homes. Sometimes Lopez went without her and worked with another accomplice, the report said.
Palm Beach County Judge Krista Marx ordered Sandoval be held in lieu of a $70,000 bond Friday morning. Lopez is being held at a Broward County jail on unrelated assault and burglary charges. It is not clear if he has been charged in the case.
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