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Suspect accused of robbing home with 12-year-old alone inside

Suspect sends victim to his room during break-in

Broward police are searching for a burglar who was captured by the security system at a Dania Beach home. Ernesto Pena, 12, was home alone watching television when a man entered the home. Ernesto stepped out of his room and saw a heavyset stranger
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Broward police are searching for a burglar who was captured by the security system at a Dania Beach home. Ernesto Pena, 12, was home alone watching television when a man entered the home. Ernesto stepped out of his room and saw a heavyset stranger

The Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested the man they believe robbed a Dania Beach house with a by 12-year-old boy home alone inside.

Simon Lee Hand, 17, faces a charge of burglary of an occupied dwelling from the July 26 robbery during which he ordered Ernesto Pena back to his bedroom. BSO also is charging him with burglary of a conveyance, grand theft of a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm from two criminal incidents in August.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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