PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE
While driving a tractor near the intersection of Riverside Drive and Holly Drive, a maintenance worker was struck in the face by a pink brush that was thrown from a passing vehicle. The man was able to give police a description of the vehicle and tell them the number of occupants. The man declined medical attention and the brush was entered into evidence.
Despite catching them in the act and yelling at them to stop, a woman had her bicycle stolen from in front of her home in the 500 block of Holly Drive. The woman said she had placed her bicycle out front to ride to work and that she returned five minutes later only to find the perpetrators walking off with it. She said one of the men then jumped on it and rode off laughing. The bicycle was worth $100. She was able to provide police with a photograph of it and give them detailed descriptions of the thieves.
An unwanted guest was caught panhandling at a shopping complex in the 2500 block of Burns Road. When police confronted the man they discovered he’d been issued a 10-year trespass warning from the plaza three years prior. He was arrested and later released with a notice to appear.
While attempting to clear a large, unruly crowd from a night club in the 4000 block of RCA Boulevard, police told an intoxicated man multiple times to leave. Each time, the man would move but remained on the property. The final time the man claimed he was waiting for a friend. He was told to wait for his friend in his car. He was later discovered standing between two cars, neither of which was his, urinating. He was arrested for disorderly intoxication and taken to jail.
Four women entered a store in the 2100 block of West Indiantown Road and removed multiple shopping bags from the register area. Then, while one woman stood watch, three of the women removed 76 ink cartridges from their packaging and placed them in the bags. They also removed 17 packages of teeth whitener from the packaging and placed them in the bags. All four women then fled through the main entrance and into a waiting car driven by a man. The store’s loss prevention officer was able to give police descriptions of the women, the car and the getaway driver. The items were worth approximately $4,300.
After enjoying a few beers with his roommate, a man became tired and fell asleep in his room at their residence in the 1100 block of Chickasaw Street. The man awoke from his slumber a short while later when his roommate stormed inside. The roommate was upset that his beer buddy had stopped drinking with him and decided to punch his just-awakened friend in the head multiple times as well as bite him on the torso. Bleeding profusely, the man ran from the home to a nearby gas station and the police were called. Despite being assaulted and injured, the man said he did not wish to pursue charges and refused transportation to the hospital.
Two men who had jumped on stage with the band at an establishment in the 700 block of West Indiantown Road were told to get down. They said no. They were then told to sit down or leave. They declined both choices. When the establishment’s security was asked to escort the two men outside, they did not go quietly. While being escorted out one of the men refused to let go of the front door. When the security employee told him to let go he was punched in the face by the man. He was then struck on top of the head with a beer bottle by the other man. Both of the men were arrested for simple battery and disorderly conduct and transported to jail.
NORTH PALM BEACH POLICE
A truck that could not maintain a single lane, kept braking without reason and had sparks coming from underneath was pulled over in the 800 block of U.S. 1. After several tries, police were able to get the attention of the driver who was still sitting in his vehicle. He rolled down his window and spontaneously uttered that he was very drunk and didn’t know where he was. He then said his truck, which was missing its right front tire and had heavy front-end damage, was destroyed. He said he didn’t know why he was driving on just the rim but that he’d been doing so for about 30 minutes. After a poor performance on a roadside sobriety test he was arrested for DUI and later taken to jail.
A baseball-sized hole was discovered in the bedroom of a residence on Fairhaven Drive. Nothing inside the residence was tampered with and the window was still in the lock position. There were no witnesses. The resident said it would cost approximately $200 to repair.
MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Someone keyed a truck parked in the 3600 block of Southwest Coquina Cove. The victim said it could have been done by a woman he met on the Internet. He said after he met her a couple times in person, she wanted to move into his apartment. When he did not agree, she began calling and texting him constantly. He told a deputy that the damage to his truck followed his blocking her phone number. He estimated the cost to repair the scratches was $300. The deputy attempted to contact the woman, but she did not answer her phone.
A man who was stopped by a deputy after shoplifting from a store in the 6500 block of South Kanner Highway in Stuart explained that he was planning a dinner for his girlfriend. Among the items he had stashed in a canvas bag were eight bottles of wine, two steaks, an assortment of cheeses, vegetables and lotion. Total value of the stolen merchandise was $338.88. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
A deputy investigating a crash at Reserve Boulevard and I-95 in Port St. Lucie found a green minivan that had run off the road and hit a telephone pole, causing traffic signals to fall. The deputy spoke to the driver, who claimed he was run off the road by another motorist who had run a red light. The deputy noted that the man smelled of an alcoholic beverage, had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. It appeared he had tried to back up his minivan after the crash in an attempt to leave the scene. A witness to the incident spoke to the deputy by phone and said the minivan driver had barreled through the intersection and slammed into the telephone pole. The witness said the man tried to back up and leave the scene of the crash. The witness said he had a video of the incident and would email it to the deputy. After conducting field sobriety exercises, the deputy arrested the minivan driver on DUI charges. Damages to the telephone pole and lights was determined to be in excess of $20,000.
PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE
Police were notified that a teen was seen with a gun in a parking lot in the 9500 block of U.S. 1. The teen was located by the Sheriff’s Office and taken to a hospital for evaluation. Police K-9 and crime scene investigators with a metal detector searched a wooded area in the 9000 block of U.S. 1 and recovered the gun, which had been partially buried in the dirt and covered with brush.
A man in the 1000 block of Southwest Dubuque Avenue told police he met a woman through an online dating site. After several months of communicating by text messages, the couple met at a hotel in Vero Beach. The next day he cut off contact with the woman, as he had a bad feeling about her. He told police that the woman began calling and texting him repeatedly with vulgar messages. He said she was able to find his home address. The man said he was concerned the woman would harm him and his daughter. An officer spoke to the woman, telling her not to contact the man again. The officer noted that the woman sounded delusional and confused. When she alleged that the man had sexually assaulted her, the deputy advised her to contact police in the city where the incident occurred. The woman ignored the officer’s warning and continued her calls and text messages to the man.
A weed whacker, lawn mower, tools, handgun and several pieces of jewelry were stolen from a residence in the 3000 block of Southwest Circle Street. The suspect is a person who has the security code to the garage, as he had let the victim’s dogs out when the victim was on vacation a month earlier.
FORT PIERCE POLICE
An officer responding to a disturbance at a residence in the 1800 block of Grand Club Boulevard encountered a woman who had been given a trespass warning from the property in February. She was arrested and taken to the county jail.
PROVIDING FALSE NAME
An officer on patrol at 3:22 a.m. encountered a woman sleeping on a bench at a bus stop in the 7000 block of Wheeler Terrace. The officer asked her why she was sleeping on the bench. The woman said she was waiting for an 8 a.m. bus to Miami. She provided two different names when asked for identification. A digital fingerprint scanner was used to determine the 61-year-old woman’s true identity. She was arrested and taken to the county jail.
Police were called to a residence in the 1600 block of Avenue K to investigate a domestic disturbance. A woman at the address told officers her boyfriend had jumped on her and punched her. She said he fled shirtless, wearing only shorts and carrying a beer. Police tracked down the boyfriend, who ignored commands to stop and ran off. He was eventually apprehended, arrested and taken to the county jail. The woman, who had a cut on her forearm, refused to write a statement or have her injuries photographed.
A motorist stopped a police officer to report a black Nissan pickup that was being driven erratically on Virginia Avenue. The motorist showed the officer a video of the vehicle, which drove off the road into a ditch. The officer went in search of the vehicle and found it parked in a lot in the 700 block of Virginia Avenue. The driver was unconscious behind the wheel, with his foot on the brake pedal and the engine running. The officer observed a syringe in plain view. After police put the vehicle into park and removed the key, they roused the man, who claimed he had just gotten out of work and was tired. He was removed from the vehicle and arrested. A search of the truck turned up more syringes, pills and spoons. A test of the capsules showed they contained heroin.
Compiled by Eddie Ritz and Sy O’Neill from area law enforcement records.