Woman at home with daughter in home burglary

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida – A suspect has been taken into custody after a series of break-ins in Palm Beach Gardens.

Joshua Denny, 33, is charged with breaking into homes while the victims were inside.

The break-ins not only involved people in their homes, but also during the day in the Cedar Gardens neighborhood, across the street from the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

One of the break-ins took place around 11:30 a.m. Friday morning when Erin Landry and her 7-year-old daughter were playing in the living room.

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Erin Landry explains how the burglar broke into her home in Palm Beach Gardens.

“All of a sudden I heard a really big cracking noise next to my dining room,” Landry said.

After realizing someone was breaking in, she not only screamed, but ran upstairs with her young daughter. She locked herself in a room and called the police.

“I was shaking. I felt violated,” Landry said. “I just wanted to make sure I was okay, my little girl was okay, and my little dog was okay. I just wanted to get them to safety.”

Within minutes, officers were at her home, but the person in charge had already walked away empty-handed. She said the intruder entered the house through her unlocked patio door and used her own vase to break in.

Burglary at Erin Landry's home in Palm Beach Gardens

Erin Landry

Glass was shattered after a burglar broke into Erin Landry’s home in Palm Beach Gardens.

“He had to go around this really big pool that he broke,” Landry said. “Then he came back and just started slamming the vase and breaking the whole glass.”

Her sliding glass door was smashed and her sense of security was also broken.

“I never thought I’d be home alone with my daughter with closed doors and someone could get through the glass,” Landry said.

Joshua Denny, Palm Beach Gardens burglary suspect

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Joshua Denny was arrested on July 29, 2022 in connection with break-ins in Palm Beach Gardens.

Police later caught Denny after breaking into another house and car nearby.

Landry now has a warning for her neighbors.

“If there’s something in your backyard, go with your slider if it’s heavy enough. Someone can pick it up and knock it through your door. Just pay attention to the things you have because they can use those things against you,” said Landry.

She said she has since bought security cameras for her house and said she will lock her patio door to prevent another crime. Denny remains in jail on $90,000 bail.

Palm Beach Gardens Police Sgt.  Jeneve Labossiere

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Palm Beach Gardens Police Sgt. Jeneve Labossiere explains what residents should do if they are the victim of a burglary.

If you find yourself in a situation where someone breaks into your home, the police advise you to immediately find a safe place or a room. Then you have to lock the door, turn off your mobile and call the police.

If you can’t call, you can also text 112 and let them know what’s going on.

“Texting 911 will help us,” Police Sgt. said Jeneve Labossiere. “We will definitely get there right away, give us your address right away, because the sooner you contact us, the faster we can be there and help you.”

The police also emphasized that it is important to always be aware of your surroundings. If you see anything suspicious, don’t hesitate to report it.

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