Former Dolphin James McKnight’s home targeted by burglars – Sun Sentinel
Victim to burglary: An attempt to burglarize the home of former Miami Dolphin wide receiver James McKnight was thwarted after an alert deputy responding to an alarm stopped a car similar to one linked to a previous theft, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office .
BSO received a call about a residential alarm at 11:12 p.m. Friday about a burglary, but deputies found nothing amiss at the home at 16705 Berkshire Court, said authorities.
Less than an hour later, Deputy Paul Sada returned to the area and spotted a red Dodge Charger. The car matched the description of one that had been linked to a previous burglary in Southwest Ranches, said BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella.
After the adult and juvenile inside the car couldn’t explain why they were in the area, they eventually admitted they were acting as lookouts for two accomplices who were in the process of breaking into a house, said Moschella.
Deputies from neighboring districts helped set up a perimeter and noticed that a bedroom window at the house where the alarm had gone off had been smashed.
With the help of a BSO helicopter and K-9 units, deputies discovered another adult and a juvenile were discovered by a K-9 unit hiding in a fenced yard, deputies said.
The pair in the yard initially ignored deputies’ orders to show their hands and surrender, and one was bitten on the arm by the police dog, BSO said. He was not seriously injured.
Listed as the home’s resident was Mikki McKnight, the wife of James McKnight, 41, who played for the Dolphins from 2001 to 2003. Neither was home at the time of the incident, said BSO.
Deputies found a loaded 9 mm handgun under the driver’s seat of the Charger, said BSO. Also found were gloves, a screwdriver, a small saw and a flashlight in the car.
Taken into custody were Michael Campblin, 19, of Pembroke Pines; Christopher Diaz, 20, of Miramar; and two juveniles, ages 16 and 17.
The two adults and two juveniles were charged with armed burglary and resisting arrest without violence. Campblin and Diaz were being held Sunday without bond in Broward’s Main Jail. The two juveniles were taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center and then to the Juvenile Detention Center.
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