- Sy O'Neill
- Eddie Ritz Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
After entering a bathroom at an establishment in the 1100 block of Love Street, an intoxicated man had an altercation with the lavatory’s mirror and sink. During the one-man scuffle, he managed to crack the mirror and damage the sink to the point that it was inoperable. Though he denied causing the damage and said “three guys with short sleeves” were the perpetrators, surveillance footage showed he was the only person to enter and exit the bathroom when the damage occurred. He was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief and issued a one-year trespass charge for the business.
After being cut off by another vehicle while exiting a convenience store parking lot in the 800 block of West Indiantown Road, a woman honked her horn and was given a hand gesture by the other driver. The woman decided this was unacceptable and went into pursuit mode. Upon catching up to the offending vehicle and stopping next to it, a male got out of the passenger seat, walked over to her vehicle and punched it. He then punched the woman in the face before telling the cut-off artist driver to flee while he ran away on foot. The woman, now with a swollen eye, attempted to chase the cut-off artist again before losing sight of the car. She was able to give officers a description of the car. Police were unsuccessful in locating the man or the car. Photos of the woman’s injuries were taken and submitted into evidence.
As an intoxicated patron stumbled his way to his moped outside an eatery in the 100 block of South US 1, the store’s manager, fearing he would ride in a diminished state, confronted him. The man unloaded a string of profanities on the manager and then attempted to punch him. The manager stated the entire altercation took three to four minutes in full view of customers. Police found the man sitting on a bench outside the eatery and asked him his name. The man gave officers a false name then refused to speak. Police ran the tag on his moped and discovered his true identity. It also showed he had a suspended license and numerous arrests for driving under the influence. Given one last chance to talk to police, the man said “(expletive) it, just take me to (expletive) jail then.” The man was arrested for disorderly intoxication and taken to the county jail.
Searching for what she would later call a “shortcut” home, a woman was stopped while driving in a field near the 200 block of Military Trail. She was asked to step out of the vehicle and later to participate in a roadside sobriety test. She agreed to the test, did poorly and was arrested on a charge of DUI. She was later transported to the county jail.
PALM BEACH GARDENS
After stopping at a business in the 4400 block of PGA Boulevard to purchase some snacks, a man forgot his wallet on the counter near the register. When he realized what had happened he immediately went back to the business, but the wallet was gone. A review of the store’s surveillance footage showed another man walk up to the counter, place his phone on top of the wallet then leave with both items. The video also showed the make and model of the perpetrator’s vehicle and which direction it headed. The wallet contained over $160 in cash along with various credit and debit cards. The surveillance footage was entered into evidence.
Two women entered a store at a shopping center in the 3100 block of PGA Boulevard. They selected multiple items and entered a dressing room that had been checked moments before and was empty. When they left the dressing room they also exited the store. Employees discovered a pile of clothes and within the mess they found two security devices that had been removed from clothing and an empty box of men’s cologne. The two women were later located by a store employee and upon being confronted gave back one article of clothing. The item was damaged where the security device was removed. The two women then left the area. The employee is unsure what other article of clothing was stolen. The damaged piece of clothing and the cologne were worth over $150.
NORTH PALM BEACH POLICE
Despite being asked to leave a restaurant in the 2500 block of Northlake Boulevard multiple times, a man refused and continually harassed customers for food and/or money. The manager of the eatery, which specializes in the precise application of herbs and spices upon fried poultry, finally gave the man a beverage to get him to leave. Officers located and confronted the man outside a nearby restaurant that also happened to specialize in fried poultry and arrested him. He was released with a notice to appear.
MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
A bag containing checkbooks, credit cards and personal papers was taken from an unlocked vehicle in the 1800 block of Northwest Fork Road in Stuart. Also taken were sunglasses and $30 from the center console. A second vehicle was also burglarized, and prescription sunglasses were stolen. One of the victims told police that a man in his 20s had knocked on his door earlier, pretending to be a trick-or-treater.
Two vehicles were burglarized in the 1900 block of Northwest Fork Road in Stuart. A window was smashed on one, and a purse containing checks and a credit card was stolen. The other vehicle was not locked, and a graphing calculator was taken from the center console.
A 40-year-old man with a hatchet in the 2300 block of Northeast Rustic Way on Jensen Beach threatened to kill his neighbor. Another man tried to persuade the man to drop his weapon and, when that failed, tackled him. The hatchet man gave a different version of the incident to a deputy, claiming he was the victim and denying he had a weapon. The deputy, noticing the man had boozy breath, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, asked if he had been drinking. “Yeah, I’ve got my beer right here,” the man replied, showing the deputy a can sitting on a table on his porch. Two witnesses corroborated the story of the victim, telling the deputy they heard the hatchet man say, “You’re a dead man” to him. The hatchet man, who was too drunk to complete a legible statement, was arrested and taken to the county jail.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
A deputy observed a motorist in a pickup run a stop sign on Fort Pierce Boulevard in Fort Pierce and almost cause a crash. The deputy stopped the vehicle and determined that the driver had a suspended license. There was a small child in the back seat of the vehicle. The child’s mother was notified to come pick up the vehicle and child. The driver was arrested and taken to the county jail.
PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE
After loading her groceries into her vehicle at a store in the 1600 block of Northwest St. Lucie West Boulevard, a woman drove off leaving her purse in the shopping cart. When she realized what she had done, the woman returned to the store but was told no purse had been turned in. A review of surveillance video showed a man move the shopping cart with the purse in it to the parking lot entrance. Contents of the Coach purse included a Coach wallet, an iPhone, cosmetic bag, debit cards and $100. When the woman called her banks to report the cards stolen, she was told no transaction had been made.
A relative of the landlord for a rental home in the 900 block of Southwest Paar Drive went to inspect the property after a tenant moved out. She called police when she noticed the dryer was missing. She gave an officer a copy of the lease, signed by the former tenant, which showed there was a dryer in the home. The officer contacted the former tenant, who said when she moved in there was no washer or dryer. She said she bought a washer, but left it behind when she moved out abruptly. She claimed she had told the real estate agent of the missing appliances, and he said he would note it on the lease. The officer spoke to the rental agent, who did not recall a conversation about a washer and dryer. He said he did a walk-through of the property with the woman and there were no issues. Police charged the former tenant with theft.
Trying to avoid an argument with her boyfriend, a woman in the 2100 block of Southeast Buttonwood Drive went out and sat in her vehicle. Her boyfriend got into his golf cart and ran into the van, then drove off, she told police. The man spoke to police when he returned home and said he was unaware that the back of his golf cart had scratched her vehicle.
A woman in the 1700 block of Southeast Elkhart Terrace told police she came home from work to find her room in disarray and some of her clothing on the floor. She suspects the culprit was her roommate because of an ongoing dispute about rent. An officer spoke to the roommate, who denied creating the mess. The victim wanted her roommate arrested, but there was no damage done in the incident. The victim left the residence with some of her belonging and said she would return another day to pick up the rest.
Acting on a tip that a male appeared to be burglarizing vehicles in the neighborhood, an officer went to the Southwest Alcantara Boulevard/Southwest Pluto Street area. The burglar had fled, but another officer apprehended him on Southwest Port St. Lucie Boulevard based on a description provided by a witness. The 26-year-old man denied breaking into vehicles, claiming he was making a beer run. A search turned up a screwdriver, pot and a crack pipe in his possession. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.
FORT PIERCE POLICE
Police were called to a store in the 1700 block of Avenue D, where a customer was causing a disturbance and threatening to kill people. When officers arrived, they found a 28-year-old man directing a profanity-laced tirade at a store employee. An officer escorted the man out of the store. When asked whether he was in possession of any weapons, the man reached for his rear pocket. The officer ordered him to stand still and put his hands up, then he patted down the man. When the officer got to the man’s socks, he found a bag of pot. He arrested the man on charges of disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana. He was taken to the county jail.
Police arrested a man after a shoplifting spree at a store in the 5100 block of Okeechobee Road. The man, while under the watchful eye of a loss prevention agent, stuffed electronics, meat and other items into a backpack and duffel bag he was carrying. He was stopped as he exited the store without paying for the merchandise. The items were recovered, and the man was taken to the county jail.