Gainesville Police Department's New Special Operations Unit
"The grandbabies were opening their Christmas gifts when the Gainesville Police Department called saying someone had broken into the building and that the alarm was going off," said Kay Lamoth, owner of Land B4 Time Smoke Shop.
"It wasn't a pleasant morning," said Lamothe.
The suspect came in through a window which is now boarded, but just last night, Frank Booker was arrested by the Gainesville Police Department's new special operations unit.
"We've put it under the patrol operation division to give it a more street level focus on burglaries, whether they are car burglaries, residential burglaries or business burglaries," Sergeants Mike Schentrup said.
The number of home burglaries in Gainesville decreased 5% in 2012.
"We are focusing very much on residential home burglaries. we are going to try to put a damper even more than we have in the past on stopping people from getting their houses broken into," said Schentrup.
Stopping people from getting into homes and businesses, just like lamoth's "Lland B4 Time," where the culprit's fingerprints were collected by officers and then given to the special operations unit to finish the job.
"We're catching him for burglaries he's done but we're also stopping him from burglaries that he's going to do," said Schentrup.
This way, store owners like Lamothe won't experience another lost Christmas.
"It was a good feeling knowing he was caught and that he's not there and going to rob somebody else," Lamothe said.
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