WEST PALM BEACH POLICE
A woman from the Netherlands went to police headquarters to report that she was the victim of a fraud. She said she came to West Palm Beach to meet her boyfriend, with whom she has been in an online relationship since July. She said as she was planning her trip to the United States, her boyfriend called her in a panic and asked to borrow money. She wired him a total of $4,493. After she arrived in West Palm Beach, she was unable to meet her beau, who keeps giving her excuses. She said she went to his business address in the 500 block of Clematis Street and found it was an empty building. The woman told police she was willing to fly back to the United States to prosecute the scammer if he is found.
A woman in the 5800 block of 58th Way reported five fraudulent charges on her debit card. She told police she suspects the culprit is her ex-boyfriend, who has been showing up at her home and staying against her wishes. She said they have not lived together in two years and she is in the process of legally evicting him from the residence.
CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
An officer went to the area of Seventh Street and North Olive Avenue to investigate an incident involving a motorist at a construction site. A man working at the site said he was holding a sign that said “stop,” which the motorist disregarded. He said she continued driving and ran over a PVC pipe in the roadway. The woman said the sign the worker was holding said “slow,” and as she proceeded he struck her vehicle with the PVC pipe in his hand. She pointed to a blemish on the front grille of her vehicle. A witness, the man’s co-worker, told the officer that the pipe was in the roadway and the motorist ran over it. She said the man did not strike the woman’s vehicle. The officer did not see any damage to the woman’s vehicle, other than the blemish she pointed out. He told the woman there was red paint on the blemish; the PVC pipe was white. No charges were filed.
A hedge trimmer and weed whacker were stolen from a garage at a home in the 3400 block of Eastview Avenue. The equipment was valued at $700.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE, LAKE WORTH
A tailgate valued at $700 was removed from a pickup parked in the 1800 block of North D Street.
A mountain bike valued at $300 was stolen from a carport at a home in the 600 block of North Lakeside Drive.
Water and electric services were discontinued to a rental property in the 1100 block of 15th Avenue South because of nonpayment. However, someone tampered with the water meter, stole the electric meter and was able to restore both services to the building. It was estimated that the cost to the city was $200, including stolen services, the stolen electric meter and damaged water meter. A resident of the building told a deputy she did not know who reconnected the services.
Someone defaced license plates on a truck and trailer in the 900 block of North D Street by putting red paint on them.
A woman in the 8200 block of Ambach Way in Hypoluxo was outside on her patio when she saw a group of juveniles pull on the door handle of her car and other nearby vehicles. She yelled at the youngsters, who took off running. There was no damage to any of the vehicle, and nothing appeared missing. One of the neighbors said the incident was captured by his surveillance camera, and he would provide police a copy of the video.
Gas was siphoned from an SUV in the 600 block of North Atlantic Drive. The victim said there was about $25 worth of fuel in her vehicle.
A window was smashed on a vehicle at a park in the 1200 block of West Drew Street. Stolen from inside was a Michael Kors purse valued at $200. Contents included sunglasses, a wallet, bank and gift cards and $150.
Tools valued at $225 were taken from a truck parked at a hotel in the 1200 block of Hypoluxo Road.
Two chain saws were taken from a tool box in the bed of a truck parked in the 1300 block of Cardinal Lane. The burglar was captured on surveillance video.
Someone climbed into a boat stored at a marina in the 800 block of North Federal Highway and stole fishing equipment valued at $700, a GPS tracking system monitor worth $8,000 and a pair of $300 sunglasses. A hole was found in the marina’s chain-link fence. It appeared other boats in the area were burglarized as well. One victim reported her boat’s GPS, worth $7,000, was missing. The marina manager said he would contact boat owners about the incidents.
A man reported the theft of $28,300 in property from his boat in the 800 block of North Federal Highway. Among the items missing were propellers, GPS screens and a spotlight.
A wallet was stolen from a woman’s purse while she was shopping in the 1400 block of South Dixie Highway. Contents included debit and credit cards and her driver’s license. When she called her bank to cancel a card, she was told it had been used at a gas station. Two attempts to use it to withdraw money were denied.
A teen came home to find a strange car in the driveway of his residence in the 1200 block of West Ocean Avenue. Inside the house he found a woman looking around the living room. A man he recognized as an acquaintance of his brother was in the hallway. The teen told the pair to leave. The man said he was looking for the teen’s brother because he wanted to fight him. The couple left. The teen reported the incident to his father, who called police. Nothing was missing from the residence. It was determined that the intruders entered the home through an unlocked rear door.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ROYAL PALM BEACH
A woman accidentally left her iPhone 7 on the checkout counter at a store int he 500 block of North State Road 7. The cashier said he gave the phone to a man who came forward to claim it.
A man in the 11600 block of Balsam Drive ordered two iPhones sent to his home. He was out of the area on the day of delivery, and asked a friend to go to his home to check. The friend said there was no package outside the residence.
A woman’s vehicle was scratched and lettering on the back was removed while it was parked in the 200 block of Civic Center Way. Damage was estimated at $2,000.
Someone damaged the front door of a business in the 1000 block of North State Road 7. The door, made of impact glass, was shattered but stayed intact. Replacement cost for the door was estimated at about $1,500. The staff at the store was not able to access the surveillance video, but told a deputy the manager would be able to obtain it.
Two pot smokers were given trespass warnings from a community in the 100 block of Gulls Nest. The property manager told a deputy the pair had been warned to stay away from the neighborhood, as they have a habit of smoking weed in the parking lot. The two told the deputy they have a friend who does live in the community but was out of town. They said they came to the community, parked and smoked pot.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE, WELLINGTON
A license plate was stolen from a vehicle parked at a shopping area in the 10300 block of Forest Hill Boulevard.
A tag was removed from a vehicle owned by a company in the 12700 block of West Forest Hill Boulevard.
A $350 Apple watch was delivered in error to the buyer’s old address in the 13700 block of Yarmouth Court. When the woman received a notice that the watch was delivered, she went to her old address. The new tenants said they did not receive a delivery. The woman was told that if someone tries to activate the watch, its whereabouts can be determined.
A front gate was damaged at a community in the 2100 block of Wingate Bend. Damage was estimated at $1,500.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE, LOXAHATCHEE/ACREAGE
About 300 feet of copper wire was missing from a construction site in the 19400 block of State Road 80. The value of the wire was estimated at $1,500.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE, GREENACRES
A woman in the 5900 block of South 37th Street discovered damage to the rear bumper of her vehicle. She told a deputy that she recently had issues with two acquaintances who were using drugs in front of her home and leaving paraphernalia in the grass. She suspects the pair caused the damage, as she had just confronted them.
While a man played basketball at a park in the 2600 block of Sherwood Forest Boulevard, he left his wallet and cellphone unattended on a table. Someone stole them. Contents of the wallet included his driver’s license, Social Security card and $74. A deputy taking the report noted that the man appeared to be under the influence of some type of substance, but he did not smell of alcohol. Because of his state, the man was unable to complete a written statement.
A woman reported a package missing from the front door of her home in the 700 block of Waterway Village Court. Remembering that a neighbor had had a similar experience but found her missing package by the building’s air conditioning units, the woman searched there. She found several packages, some unopened. Her package was there, opened, and the coffee mug she had ordered was not in it. A deputy arrived to investigate and he located the missing mug. The other packages were returned to their rightful owners.
While a woman attended a family birthday party at a residence in the 400 block of Broward Avenue, she left her purse unattended on the kitchen counter. Someone stole her loaded gun.
An unattended, unlocked bicycle was stolen from outside a business in the 3000 block of South Jog Road. The red beach cruiser-style bike was valued at $70.
An individual enjoying an alcoholic beverage on the side of a business in the 5300 block of 10th Avenue North was arrested, given a notice to appear and released at the scene.
Compiled by Sy O’Neill from area law enforcement records.