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BOCA RATON — A man accused of breaking into 11 West Boca businesses, some in the same strip malls and plaza, to steal cash was found Thursday, deputies said.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office had been searching for the man who was seen on surveillance video smashing through the businesses’ doors in the early morning hours and rifling through their cash registers on six different occasions since early November. Two businesses were robbed as recently as Saturday, deputies said.
Broward Sheriff’s deputies in Deerfield Beach arrested Robert Earl Lewis, 52, shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday, deputies said. Lewis is being held in the Broward County Jail on multiple charges and will face charges in the burglaries in Palm Beach County.
He will be transferred to Palm Beach County once detectives complete paperwork to formally charge Lewis there, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
Lewis was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted of multiple burglary charges, petit theft, possession of burglary tools and possession of cocaine in Broward County. He was released in April 2021, records show.