JUST IN: Deputies arrest man suspected in Martin car break-ins


A Hobe Sound man who got out of state prison in October is back in custody after he was arrested Wednesday morning in connection to a string of car burglaries, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies arrested Scott Board, 38, after a sheriff’s helicopter crew spotted him near the Willoughby Cove apartment complex off Pomeroy Street. Board allegedly pulled on the door handles to at least 15 vehicles parked in the community. The incidents occurred at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said.

Sheriff’s surveillance teams were in place because of a string of vehicle burglaries that had reported over the past week in the Martin Crossings community in Stuart, the Hibiscus Park neighborhood near Port Salerno and various communities in Hobe Sound.

Investigators say burglars targeted unlocked cars Monday night in Hibiscus Park, near Federal Highway and Salerno Road. At least six cars were broken into along Avalon Drive, La Palma Terrace and Limetree Terrace.

Board was released from prison in October after serving three years on weapons-related charges, according to Florida Department of Corrections records. Records show that Board has been incarcerated in state prison on four separate occasions and has a lengthy criminal history that includes charges of burglary and grand theft.

He now faces several burglary and attempted burglary charges. Police agencies across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast have encouraged residents to lock their car doors, particularly at night.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office wants residents who have surveillance cameras on their homes in areas that burglars have targeted to review their footage and contact its Criminal Investigations Division at 772-220-7060 if they see something that might help investigators.

Residents whose cars have been burglarized but who have not yet filed a theft report are asked to contact the sheriff’s office and report the crime.



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