OKEECHOBEE — A man and woman were arrested April 4 after a home was broken into. The homeowner said this was the third break in at his residence. Toni Brown and James Choquette were charged with burglary, criminal mischief and grand theft. In addition, Brown was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Choquette was charged with grand theft of a firearm.
At approximately 8:30 a.m., Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputies Albaro Arana and Michael Cauley were dispatched to the residence after a neighbor called 911 to say he thought someone was breaking into the home. When they arrived, they found the back door standing open. The door had a hole in the bottom, indicating forced entry.
The two deputies announced themselves and entered. Inside, they reportedly found Brown and Choquette. According to the arrest report, the duo immediately told deputies they did not break in and did not steal anything.
A vehicle at the scene was searched after the homeowner told deputies two of her purses were on the front seat. Inside, deputies reportedly found several baggies containing a white powdery substance, half of a pill, six syringes and a spoon with a white “rock” melted into it. In addition, they found several items belonging to the homeowner.
Brown’s bond was set at $21,500. Choquette’s bond was set at $18,500.