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Surveillance photo key to solving home invasion case

New surveillance footage may hold the key in solving a violent Royal Palm Beach home invasion that has a community on edge. (WPEC)

New surveillance footage may hold the key in solving a violent Royal Palm Beach home invasion that has a community on edge.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office released new video showing one of the get away cars leaving Sandpiper Avenue.

Deputies said not only did the suspects take what they wanted from the home, they also tied up and raped one of the victims.

While the quality of the image and video released is very poor, using enhancing techniques, private investigators with Payton Investigations were able to give CBS12 a better picture of what the getaway car could be, which could help solve this crime.

“As you can see, it is a very grainy quality,” said Justin Payton. “Our best guess is it a Volvo S60, possibly older than this one.”

Payton is a former U.S. Marshall turned private investigator out of South Florida.

Within an hour, he was able to add clarity to the images and video of the get away car used in the attack.

“Also looking at it from a distance and lining up the profiles. The vehicle appears to be the same, I.E. the length of the car, slant of the roof, etc.," Payton said. "Our best guess of what we have of the image with the poor image quality is a Volvo S60 or S40, some late model between 2010 to present.”


CBS12 Investigates discovered many law enforcement agencies are not equipped for this work. It can be a time consuming and costly process, which may be why a better description was not released.

“There are dozens of companies that can do enhancement, but of course, they are private,” said John Rode, a former officer. “You have to pay for it. Law enforcement in this type of case can send this video to the FBI, and they have technology that can enhance videos.”

The FBI could take up to a month, depending how backlogged the technicians are. Time crucial to an investigation like this.

While there are technologies out there that can clear up a blurry image like this one, it can still be very challenging to interpret the images.

The Sheriff's Office said detectives are using every tool available to them to enhance this photo.

That is why the Sheriff’s Office is encouraging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS. .

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