Sanford burglary suspect arrested after mother turns son in to police

Mother of juvenile suspect saw photos on news


Sanford police said a mother turned her son in after seeing his photo on the news connected to a burglary investigation.

Police posted the photos to the department's Facebook page Wednesday and asked for help to identify persons of interest connected to a residential burglary that morning in the Baker's Crossing neighborhood.  

A neighbor's surveillance system captured the images of the suspects walking around carrying a rifle and large duffel bags. Police said the pair stole gaming systems, jewelry and the gun.

After posting the photos on social media, the victim told police the suspects are friends with her son.

Police identified the suspects as 18-year-old Izaiah Morales and a 15-year-old boy. The mother of the 15-year-old suspect told investigators she saw photos of her son on the news and went to police. She also identified Morales.

Morales faced a judge Friday afternoon.

"There's probable cause for your arrest," the judge said during his initial appearance.

Both suspects are facing armed burglary and grand theft charges.

"Mr. Morales, I'm going to find that this is a crime punishable by life in prison," the judge said.

According to court documents, Morales was out on bond at the time of his arrest. Altamonte Springs police arrested Morales in March and charged him with battery on a law enforcement officer.

Morales is being held without bond. The judge also revoked his bond in his other case.  


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