PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE
A rack used to hold a couple’s recycle bins was stolen from in front of their residence in the 10100 block of Daisy Avenue. The multi-level, wheeled rack was worth approximately $60. The recycle bins themselves were not taken and were found in front of the residence. A neighbor, who stated he was either playing with his dog or sleeping most of the day, said he did not see anyone or anything that seemed suspicious.
The driver’s side window of a man’s vehicle was smashed while it was parked in the 2400 block of PGA Boulevard. The man said nothing was stolen because he had left nothing inside the vehicle. The car was processed for latent fingerprints with negative results. The was no video surveillance that covered the parking lot.
Though he admitted being attacked by his former business partner outside an eatery in the 4500 block of PGA Boulevard, a man refused any police involvement. The man said the pair had an argument that got out of hand. He said his ex-business partner then picked up a chair and threw it at him, striking him in the torso. He said he was in pain, but refused medical attention. There were no forthcoming witnesses and no charges were filed.
Enraged over where they placed their shopping cart and the presence of a therapy dog, a woman threw a large glass of water on another woman, her therapy dog and her mother in the café area of a grocery store in the 11700 block of Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue. The enraged woman then stormed out of the store. She was followed by the store’s manager who managed to get her license plate number before she raced away. The information was given to the police. Though the woman, her mother and the dog were all soaked, they were unharmed.
A man claimed he was “hip checked” by a co-worker at his place of work in the 3100 block of PGA Boulevard. He said the “hip check” caused him to fall and hit his arm on a counter. He said that, in addition to the physical attack, the woman regularly makes comments to him including “This is why we need to have more mass shootings” and “I could just kill someone right now.” The store’s security said they had recently become aware of the situation and the woman was scheduled to be terminated.
A woman was attacked by her ex-boyfriend while staying at a motel room in the 4100 block of Northlake Boulevard. The woman said she had come out of the shower to find the man standing in the room. She said he attacked her when she asked him to leave. She had bruises and scratches on her arms, chest and back. Believing he had obtained a key card for that room and afraid he would return, she was transferred to another room at the facility. As officers were obtaining video surveillance of the suspect leaving the woman said she did not want to press charges or get medical attention.
Failing to stop for several stop signs and later driving north in the southbound lanes on Parkside Drive, a motorist was stopped. The driver smelled of an alcoholic beverage and had red, bloodshot eyes. He was apologetic and cooperative and admitted to having a few drinks. Though not quite sure of where he was, he believed was OK to drive. Swaying while standing, the man agreed to take part in a roadside sobriety test. Upon completion of the tests he was arrested and charged with DUI and transported to the county jail.
An extremely intoxicated man said another individual had punched him while they were in the 700 block of Center Street. When asked for details of the incident the victim pointed to the slight swelling around his eyebrow and, through slurred speech, said “he hit me.” When asked for a reason behind the attack the man, and the six other intoxicated males standing nearby, could not provide one. They were able to give the officer the man’s first name and the make and model of the vehicle he drove away in. When pressed regarding who threw the first punch the victim admitted he did. The other party involved in the altercation was located a short while later. Also extremely intoxicated, he advised he did not need or want assistance.
The driver’s side door of a man’s car was keyed while it was parked outside a business in the 200 block of U.S. 1. The man said that approximately two hours before he noticed the damage he had a verbal confrontation with another individual. He believed the individual may have been involved. Officers made contact with the individual who denied any involvement.
NORTH PALM BEACH POLICE
GRAND THEFT AUTO
A man rented a van from a business in the 9200 block of Alternate A1A for one day. The next day the van was not returned. Numerous attempts were made to contact the man who rented the van. Police eventually contacted the man who said he did not know where the van was, but that his friends had it and he didn’t need this heat on him. The van was found by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office one month after it was rented.
Three batteries valued at $150 each were stolen from a locked cable box in the 100 block of Yacht Club Drive. In addition to stealing the batteries, the perpetrator also caused $160 worth of damage to box.
MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Sunglasses and money were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 11000 block of Southeast Federal Highway in Hobe Sound. A small amount of change was taken from a second vehicle in the driveway.
A deputy on patrol in the area of Northwest Green River Boulevard in Jensen Beach saw a vehicle swerving in the roadway. He stopped the car to check on the motorist, but as he approached he smelled a strong odor of pot. The deputy asked the occupants to exit the vehicle. One volunteered that he had some pot in his book bag. A female told the deputy he could not search her vehicle without a warrant. The deputy explained to her why he could search the car, and the woman began crying and saying she was going to jail. During the search, the deputy found a pink purse in the trunk containing two bags of cocaine. The woman denied ownership of the cocaine. She was arrested and taken to the county jail. The man with the pot, glass pipe and rolling papers in his backpack was given a notice to appear in court and released.
A long-time employee of a store in the 8800 block of Southeast Bridge Road in Hobe Sound was caught on surveillance video stealing items from a freezer. He was confronted by a loss prevention associate and confessed. The items taken totaled $175, but the associate told a deputy it was believed the man had been stealing for a long time. He was fired by the store, then arrested. He was released with a notice to appear in court.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
A woman was arrested after syringes, a crack pipe and cocaine were found in her room at a motel in the 6600 block of Darter Court.
PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE
HIT AND RUN
A woman found her vehicle damaged in the parking lot of an establishment in the 900 block of Southwest Gatlin Boulevard. Police came to the scene and recovered a piece of the front bumper of the vehicle that had been involved in the crash. It was determined the vehicle was a silver Toyota. Surveillance video from the bar showed a man leaving and getting into a silver Toyota, which then crashed into the woman’s vehicle before leaving the parking lot. While police were investigating, the passenger from the silver Toyota returned to the bar. He spoke to police, but his story was inconsistent and he appeared intoxicated. He would not identify the driver of the silver car and denied that there was a crash. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.
An argument between a woman and her boyfriend brought police to a residence in the 2300 block of Southeast Leithgow Street. Officers spoke to the boyfriend, who said he and the woman have dated for four years and presently live at her husband’s home. He said they were arguing because she refused to drive him to work in Fort Lauderdale. During the argument, she slapped him 10 times across the face, he said. Police spoke to the girlfriend, who said that when she refused to drive him to work, her boyfriend threw her drink into the pool. She said he made threats to ruin her life, then went into the bathroom and hit himself to make it appear he was struck in the face. She denied hitting him. Police spoke to the woman’s husband and mother-in-law, who were in the home and heard the argument but did not witness any physical confrontation. Police arrested the woman and took her to the county jail. The woman’s boyfriend was removed from the residence at the request of her husband. The husband drove the boyfriend to Broward County.
FORT PIERCE POLICE
An officer followed a vehicle after the driver cut him off in the 1700 block of Avenue D. He stopped the vehicle two blocks down the road. The driver gave him her name but said she left her license at home and did not know her Social Security number. A background check on the name did not provide any results. The woman eventually gave police her real name and was arrested. She also was charged with driving without a valid license.
Police received a complaint about an intoxicated man in front of a business in the 2700 block of South U.S. 1. A background check showed the man had an active warrant for failure to appear in court. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.
Officers on patrol saw suspicious activity in a park area in the 1300 block of North 13th Street. They spoke to a couple sitting on a bench, and the woman consented to a search of her purse, which turned up a pistol. The woman did not have a concealed carry permit. Also in her purse was a grinder with marijuana residue. She was arrested and taken to the county jail.
Compiled by Eddie Ritza and Sy O’Neill from area law enforcement records.