PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE
A planter box containing three begonias was overturned and a pot containing another taken from a residence in the 700 block of Seventh Lane. The three begonias that were in the planter box sustained stem damage and the other was found sitting on a nearby electrical transformer. The plants’ owners suspected a neighbor who, several months earlier, had attacked other flowers they had on their property. When questioned by police, however, the man denied any role.
Two women grabbed a bottle of vodka from the shelf of a store in the 4100 block of Northlake Boulevard and ran out of the shop without paying and into a waiting car. The four-door sedan quickly left the area.
A woman was arrested after panhandling outside a store in the 2400 block of PGA Boulevard. A records check showed the woman had been issued an indefinite trespass warning for the property in 2007. The woman had been caught shoplifting at the store in 2007.
A passenger-side window of a woman’s truck was smashed while it was parked in a shopping center lot in the 9900 block of Alternate A1A. The woman’s purse was stolen. Police suspect the perpetrator used a ‘center punch’ to break the glass. The device uses a spring mechanism to shatter glass.
A woman reported that her ex-boyfriend was banging on her door and throwing rocks at the window of her home in the 100 block of Sherwood Circle. The man was gone when officers arrived. The woman said she has had ongoing issues with the man.
Several drop bags were stolen from a church in the 1700 block of Indian Creek Parkway. The bags contained $7,000. Police believe the perpetrator got the bags by inserting a device into the drop box and pulling the bags back through the opening.
Two women stole five pairs of shoes from a store in the first block of East Indiantown Road. One of the women, who was wearing a dress and a shower cap, grabbed three pairs and the other had two. The shoe-hungry women exited the store without paying and hopped into a waiting car that was being driven by a third adult. The car was last seen heading south on A1A. The five pairs of shoes were valued at $360.
Part of a man’s fence was kicked in at his residence in the 6100 block of Adams Street. The man fixed some of the damage himself, but estimated it would cost $100 to $150 to have the rest professionally repaired.
NORTH PALM BEACH POLICE
A man was caught after stealing cigarettes and condoms from a store in the 300 block of Northlake Boulevard. Employees gave police a description of the man, including the fact he had his arm in a sling. Officers stopped a man a short distance away who matched the description and had his arm in sling. They were able to recover the cigarettes and condoms and return them to the store. The man was taken to jail.
CREDIT CARD FORGERY
A man attempted to use a counterfeit American Express credit card to purchase more than $3,100 worth of merchandize from a store in the 11200 block of U.S. 1. The store’s manager stated the card did not look right and was declined when he attempted to use it. When he called the number on the back of the card it went to an adult party line. After police arrived they discovered three more bogus American Express credit cards on the man and two more in his vehicle. A call to the company’s security department confirmed that all the cards had been counterfeited from stolen accounts. The man was arrested.
PALM BEACH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
A motorcycle was stolen from the yard of a home in the 9200 block of Mockingbird Trail in Jupiter.
A 55-inch television was stolen from a unit at a storage facility in the 3600 block of West Blue Heron Boulevard in Riviera Beach.
Coin machines were removed from a business in the 8700 block of North Military Trail in Palm Beach Gardens. A similar crime occurred at a business in the 9800 block of Alternate A1A in Palm Beach Gardens. In the second location, a surveillance video caught two perpetrators in the act.
Someone rummaged through a vehicle in the driveway of a home in the 6400 block of Wood Lake Road in Jupiter, then entered the garage and possibly the home. The homeowner said the security alarm went off twice within a short time. Nothing appeared to be disturbed in the home.
Jewelry valued at $35,000 was stolen from a residence in the 15600 block of 69th Drive North in Palm Beach Gardens between 10 and 10:35 a.m. while the victim was out shopping. The master bedroom was ransacked by the intruder.
MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Someone entered a commercial diving boat docked at a marina in the 18400 block of Southeast Federal Highway in Jupiter and stole a poly float ball worth about $400. The head of a hammerhead shark was left next to the back of the boat on the dock. The boat owner is a shark activist and believes the head was left in retaliation.
Two women reported that someone had entered a business in the 700 block of Northeast Jensen Beach Boulevard sometime during the night and made off with seven bottles of gel fingernail polish worth about $18 each and four bottles of fingernail polish worth about $4 each. Nothing else was missing and there were no signs of forced entry.
The owner of a business in the 700 block of Northeast Jensen Beach Boulevard reported that sometime during the night someone entered the business and stole a money bag that held $30 and 12 towels valued at $40. Nothing else was missing and there were no signs of forced entry.
A pair of 5.02 carat diamond earrings bought for $7,200 and appraised for $20,000 was missing from a home in the 8600 block of Southeast Somerset Island Way in Jupiter. The owner of the jewelry claims that the only people at her home since the earrings went missing were her babysitter and her cleaning company.
PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE
Police were dispatched to the area of Southeast Palm Beach Road and Southeast Cambridge Drive where a driver for a cab company reported that a passenger had left without paying his fare of about $35. The driver had taken the passenger to his destination but then the man changed his mind and said he wanted to go home and gave the driver verbal directions to another location. Once they reached the second destination the man reached into his back pocket as if he were retrieving his wallet but then he suddenly bolted from the cab and disappeared from sight.
A teen accidentally left her smartphone on the counter of a fast food restaurant in the 1700 block of Southwest St. Lucie West Boulevard and when she returned just moments later to retrieve it the phone was missing. An officer met with the store manager who stated that she will review security video and contact police with any information.
A young woman living in the 900 block of Janette Avenue Southwest reported that when she went outside to get into her car she found that someone had egged the driver’s side. The woman said she hasn’t had any problems with anyone and just wanted the incident documented.
Police were dispatched to the area of Southeast Lennard Road and Southeast Walton Road to a report of shooting activity. A woman’s estranged husband had pointed a 9mm handgun at her current boyfriend and threatened to kill him. He also shot his handgun into the ground and discharged it, injuring his estranged wife. He later turned himself in and was taken into custody. He was charged with aggravated assault, discharging a firearm in public, aggravated stalking and tampering with evidence related to disposal of his firearm.
FORT PIERCE POLICE
BATTERY AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
Officers responded to the 900 block of Avenue H to a report of a stabbing and found a bloody man on the ground with his eye swollen shut and a woman with cuts on her arm. An argument between members of a family, including a brother and sister, escalated into a physical fight. After police were called, someone took a chair and broke out several car windows of a family member’s car causing approximately $1,200 in damage. At least one person was taken to a hospital and then arrested.
A woman received a bite on her arm and a bruise on her leg after being attacked by her teen daughter at their Fort Pierce home. The mother explained to an officer that her daughter has lice and refuses to take steps to rid herself of it. The girl refused to listen to her mother and began talking to someone on the phone. When the mother removed the phone the girl bit, kicked and punched her. The teen was taken to a juvenile detention center.
A man returned to a bank in the 500 block of Virginia Avenue even though he had received a trespass notice for the same location earlier in the day. An officer found him in the parking lot of a nearby store and he was arrested and charged with trespassing after notice.
A woman reportedly parked her car at a business in the 3000 blokc of South U.S. 1 while her daughter went inside to make a purchase. The woman said that suddenly several pickup trucks drove up and blocked her car in and a man yelled at her to get of her car. The woman said that when she got out a tow truck pulled up, hooked up her car, and then they all fled. A check showed that the woman was the only registered owner of the car and there were no liens on it.
Compiled by Eddie Ritz, Sy O’Neill and Annette Jones from area law enforcement records.