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Man meets woman, leaves her in his car with keys, loses both


WEST PALM BEACH POLICE

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

Someone damaged the rear windshield of a vehicle parked in the 800 block of 21st Street.

VEHICLE BURGLARY

Multiple vehicle burglaries were reported in the area around a club in the 600 block of Eighth Street. One woman told police a window was smashed on her vehicle, which was parked on North Rosemary Avenue. The interior was ransacked, but nothing was missing. Another woman reported a similar incident on the same street. A couple told police a window was smashed and two bottles of perfume were stolen from their vehicle, parked on North Rosemary Avenue. Windows were smashed on two vehicles parked in the 600 block of Ninth Street. Nothing was taken from either vehicle. A passerby gave police the name of a person she heard was involved in the break-ins. She said she saw him leaving the scene when officers arrived.

SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT

Police were notified of a disturbance in the 200 block of South Tamarind Avenue. A security officer said two men were fighting near a bus. Then one fled, with the second man chasing after him. A passerby told the security officer that one man claimed the other had stolen money out of his pocket. Police located the victim in a field at the corner of Tamarind Avenue and Banyan Boulevard. The man, who smelled of an alcoholic beverage, said he was on the bus when an unknown male grabbed $200 from his pocket. Upon further questioning by police, the victim increased the amount stolen to more than $1,000, and claimed two men had accosted him. He also said a firearm was involved. A witness and the security officer told police there was no sign of a gun. An officer assisted the victim in obtaining a bus ticket back to Lake Worth. A backpack the suspect was wearing was recovered on Datura Street at Tamarind Avenue and was placed in evidence.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE, LAKE WORTH

THEFT

Someone cut the chain to a bicycle locked to a pool fence at an apartment complex in the 1500 block of South Federal Highway. The stolen bike was a light blue Huffy brand. Two other bicycles were reported stolen from the same area. The pair of bikes had been locked together.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

Someone shot a BB gun at a vehicle in the 600 block of South M Street.

A window was broken on the front of a house in the 600 block of South N Street. Three of the resident’s neighbors also said they had damage to their homes and vehicles, apparently caused by a BB gun. A group of juveniles in the neighborhood identified a youth who was seen running around with a BB gun and shooting randomly. A deputy attempted to locate the youth, but no one answered the door at his last known address.

A man threw a brick through a sliding glass door of a residence 300 block of South A Street. A woman in the home turned on a light when she heard the noise, and the man fled.

UNWANTED GUEST

The manager of a store in the 200 block of North Dixie Highway encountered a man using the store’s electrical outlets. When he told the man to unplug and leave the premises, the man became irate. He began screaming and spit at the manager. The manager was not struck by the spittle, but he asked a deputy to give the man a trespass warning from the property. The deputy informed the man, who had been detained outside, that he was no longer welcome at the store.

DISTURBANCE

A deputy went to investigate a disturbance between a man and woman in the 700 block of Second Avenue South. He first encountered the man, who had a small cut on his finger. The man said the woman had pulled his glasses, and the ear piece had cut his finger. He told the deputy he used to live at the residence, and the woman had “gone crazy.” The deputy next talked to the woman, who said she never dated the man, as he had claimed. She said he is homeless and lives in his vehicle, and she and her friends once allowed him to spend a few days at the apartment. She said that when she and her friends arrived home on this date, they found him sleeping in her bed. She believes he made a copy of her apartment key. The deputy asked the man to leave the area, and he complied.

LANTANA POLICE

VEHICLE BURGLARY

A couple was awakened by a man knocking on the doors of their home in the 200 block of East Lake Worth Avenue. The man told them he was out running and came across the woman’s purse. The woman looked in the purse and discovered $200 was missing. She also found a cellphone that was not hers, and she gave it to the man. After he left, the couple checked the woman’s vehicle and saw it had been ransacked. Nothing appeared to be missing. She told police she had left the vehicle unlocked. Police spoke to the man who found the purse to get his version of the incident. He turned over the phone to officers at that time.

A woman in the 400 block of North Eighth Street was loading her vehicle with her belongings, assisted by a local man. Feeling ill, the woman asked the man to retrieve her cellphone, which was charging in her vehicle. He told her he could not find it. The woman searched her vehicle and noticed her GPS also was missing. The woman told police she never quizzed the man about the missing electronics, and he continued to help her load her vehicle. She said she later decided the man must have taken the items, but she had no contact information for him. She said she did not report the theft right away, as she had heard the man was recently released from prison and has a history of violence. Police were able to identify the man, but they were unable to make further contact with the woman, who did not respond to voice-mail messages.

VEHICLE THEFT

A man went to a gas station in the 1300 block of Hypoluxo Road to meet up with a woman with whom he had been talking for about a week. He introduced himself to her, then left her sitting in his car with the keys in it while he went to buy cigarettes. When he came out of the store, his car and the woman were gone. He told police his iPad was in his vehicle, and he tracked it to a parking lot on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard in West Palm Beach. Someone then turned off the iPad, and he was not able to track it further. The following day his vehicle was recovered by the Miami Police Department. In custody in Miami were two women and a man. The trio was being uncooperative, so police did not have details on the case.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ROYAL PALM BEACH

THEFT

A potential student was taking an aptitude test at a facility in the 500 block of Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. He turned over his iPhone to an administrator while taking the test. Two females came into the school to make inquiries and were in the administrator’s office. They left abruptly without filling out any paperwork. After they left, the administrator noticed the iPhone was missing.

SUSPICIOUS PERSONS

The owner of a business in the 9200 block of Belvedere Road reported that surveillance video showed two men with a flashlight at the rear of her business around 11:30 p.m. She told a deputy that she has seen the pair on other occasions via surveillance video.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE, WELLINGTON

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

A woman found scratches on her vehicle, which was parked in a lot in a shopping area in the 10300 block of Forest Hill Boulevard. A note left on her windshield said, “Next time, learn how to park, get a handicap sticker.” Damage was estimated at $2,000.

Someone slashed a tire on a vehicle in the 1600 block of Hawthorne Place and made deep scratches in the paint. The rear window wiper was removed and broken.

Two mailboxes were broken in the 4100 block of Bahia Isle Circle.

DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE

A deputy went to a residence in the 9000 block of Alexandra Circle to investigate a disturbance. He heard two people arguing inside when he knocked on the door. The deputy spoke to the couple, who said they were having a disagreement. The husband said he was in the bathroom for a long time, when his wife came banging on the door and threatening him with divorce. The wife told a similar story, explaining that the family had plans for an outing that day, and her husband was taking a long time in the bathroom. The husband decided to take their daughter out for several hours, and the wife said she had paperwork to do at home.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE, LOXAHATCHEE/ACREAGE

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

Someone broke a pipe to a water well at a home in the 17100 block of North 31st Road.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE

An engaged couple got into an argument in the 14800 block of Northlake Boulevard. A deputy interviewed the pair and learned the dust-up was over the man’s plan to go to Ohio but not take his fiancee because he did not want to pay for her flight. There was no physical altercation, and the couple calmed down and decided to head home.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE, GREENACRES

THEFT

A candidate for political office reported the theft of signs from locations throughout the city. Value of the missing signs was estimated at $590.

A man’s wallet was stolen from his desk in his office in the 3900 block of Woodlake Boulevard. Contents included debit and credit cards, his driver’s license and Social Security card, and $100. The man said he was out of his office on three occasions, checking the mail or using the restroom. The property manager was reviewing surveillance video to see who entered the building.

COUNTERFEIT MONEY

A cashier at a restaurant in the 6500 block of Forest Hill Boulevard called the manager over to the register to inspect a $100 bill a customer had tendered. The manager held both ends of the bill in his hands and snapped it; the bill split in two. The customer quickly walked out of the store, leaving his order behind. The incident was caught on surveillance video, which was reviewed by a deputy.

SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT

A man told police he had a video showing an unknown man walking up to the door of his residence in the 1300 block of Olive Tree Circle and checking the handle. He said he would email the video to a deputy.



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