Central blotter: Man agrees to give stranger $20 for a $100 bill, then finds it’s a fake



A man at a train station in the 1700 block of Lake Worth Road was approached by a stranger who asked him for change for a $100 bill. The man said he only had $40. The stranger then offered him the $100 bill in exchange for $20, and the man agreed. After the deal was made, the man realized the $100 was fake money.

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A man in the 1500 block of 18th Avenue North discovered about $5,000 worth of parts were removed from his pickup overnight. Among items stripped from the truck were the front grill, headlights, taillights, tail gate and all four wheels. A deputy found surveillance cameras at a nearby residence, but was unable to verify if the incident was captured as the neighbors were not home.

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Someone stole a golf cart belonging to a facility in the 2000 block of North D Street. The facility manager said the cart, which had been donated to the organization, had been moved to the front of the parking lot while a gun show taking place.

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A maintenance worker at an apartment complex in the 2100 block of North Australian Avenue told on officer that he was picking up trash in front of one of the buildings when a man came up from behind him and attacked him. He had a small cut on his wrist. His alleged assailant then spoke to the officer and said he was sitting on a bench, with his headphones, a notebook and a drink next to him, when the maintenance worker picked up his belongings and put them in a trash can. He told the worker that the items belonged to him and were not trash. An argument ensued. The man said he knocked over the trashcan, whereupon the worker hit him in the neck with the metal claw used to pick up trash. The officer saw a small welt on the man’s neck. The officer was unable to determine the primary aggressor, and neither man was charged with a crime. Because the man who was sitting on the bench was not a resident of the complex, the officer gave him a trespass warning from the premises.

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Two $400 Movado watches and a 42-inch TV valued at $500 were stolen from a residence in the 1000 block of Green Pine Boulevard.

A man returned to his home in the 700 block of 57th Street after a vacation to find three fully loaded Glock 23 magazines and a knife missing. It appeared the burglar entered the home through a window at the rear of the house. The victim told police that a neighbor was the only person with access to the residence, as she was watching his puppy. He said when he attempted to contact her, she did not answer her door or phone.


A chain saw was stolen from a bedroom at a home in the 1100 block of Henrietta Avenue. Another resident who was home at the time the chain saw disappeared said she did not see anyone take it. She said multiple people were in and out of the residence all day. The value of the chain saw was $212.93.


A man in the 4100 block of North Haverhill Road was outside watching asphalt being put down in the driveway when a neighbor approached him. She began slapping him for no reason, he told police. The man had no visible injuries. The man said the neighbor always screams obscenities at him and his mother. His mother and the neighbor’s mother have been involved in a long-time feud. An officer reviewed surveillance video, which showed the neighbor approach the man but not hit him. The officer spoke to the neighbor, who claimed it was the man who yelled obscenities at her and her family. No one was arrested. The following day the officer was called to the same address to view a video showing the neighbor striking the man. However, the video did not show what took place prior to her striking him. When the officer spoke to the neighbor, she said the man pushed her, prompting her to strike him in retaliation. Again, no one was arrested.



While moving some items into storage at an apartment building in the 1200 block of South Lake Drive, a woman placed her cellphone on top of a box. When she finished her task, she returned to her unit, then realized she did not have her phone. She went back to the area she had left it, but the phone was not there. The woman told police she was able to trace the phone to a Boynton Beach address. She said she did not want to pursue charges if the phone was returned. Officers in Boynton Beach were unsuccessful in locating the phone.

A gold Huffy bicycle valued at $150 was stolen from the 1200 block of South Lake Drive.


Someone threw a rock through a glass door of a business in the 400 block of Greynolds Circle.


As a man was walking in the 500 block of North Dixie Highway around 5 a.m., he was approached by a stranger who asked to use his lighter. When he handed over the lighter, the stranger demanded he give him “everything you got.” The stranger pulled a broken bottle from his pocket and threatened to stab the man. The man pushed the robber away but was stabbed twice. He drove to an area hospital with his wife for treatment of his injuries. He told an officer he did not wish to pursue the matter.


A woman’s $900 Gucci purse was stolen from her vehicle, parked and possibly left unlocked in the 1200 block of South Lake Drive. Contents included a Coach clutch wallet, an iWatch and $240.

A man in the 100 block of Half Moon Circle in Hypoluxo placed his laptop computer into the trunk of his car. He traveled to Orlando and Tampa before returning home and finding the laptop missing.

Two custom fishing poles, a digital camera and camera equipment were stolen from a pickup in the 300 block of North Broadway. Total value of the stolen items was $2,400.

Someone stole a printer and a computer bag from a van in the 700 block of West Broward Street. The victim told police that the items, valued at $400, belonged to his employer.



Individuals found after hours at a car wash in the 9900 block of Belvedere Road were given trespass warnings from the premises. A check of the business showed nothing amiss.


All four tires were slashed on a vehicle parked in a driveway in the 100 block of Rivera Avenue. The victim told a deputy that she was unable to work the surveillance video system, but another family member would access it later in the day.

A mailbox was damaged at a business in the 300 block of Business Parkway.


While playing basketball with friends at a park in the first block of Wildcat Way, a youth put his wallet on the ground nearby. When he went to retrieve it, the wallet was gone.


A man in the 600 block of Royal Commerce Road received a voice mail stating: “All you guys suck at your job, that’s why it is going downhill.” It was later determined that the message was not intended for him.

A man in the 1000 block of Grandview Circle reported observing a fight between two girls at a nearby school bus stop. He told a deputy that he yelled for them to break it up and go home, which they did. The deputy said he would follow up on the incident with school authorities and parents.



An envelope containing $1,000 was left over the weekend in an office in the 1400 block of Medical Park Boulevard. On Monday, it was missing. Several staff members were interviewed by the Sheriff’s Office and denied taking the cash. A cleaning crew also had access to the office, it was noted. Surveillance cameras for the building will be checked to see if any of the employees came back to the office after hours.


A 911 call was received from a park in the 13500 block of Staimford Drive. Deputies searched the area, but did not find anyone in need of assistance.

The office manager at a temple in the 900 block of Big Blue Trace received a letter from India containing two booklets and a leaflet of a religious nature. There was no return address on the envelope, but the postage stamps were from India, as was the postmark. No threat was made in the materials, but a deputy took them and placed them into evidence.



Electronics valued at more than $20,000 were removed from a boat stored in the 15200 block of Northlake Boulevard.


A man reported that damage was done to his truck, parked in the 4800 block of 129th Avenue North. He found scratches pm the passenger door, along with damage to the weatherstripping. The door also appeared bent, as if someone had attempted to break into the vehicle.



Three tires were punctured on a vehicle in the 600 block of Waterway Village Court. The vehicle was keyed, and there was a dent on the trunk, its owner reported.

A woman in the 4300 block of Inlet Circle was taking out the trash around 11 p.m. w hen she heard pellet rounds being fired. She did not see anyone in the area. The next day she discovered damage to one of the tires on her vehicle.


A woman took off her watch while washing her hands in a bathroom at a facility in the 3900 block. She left the watch behind on the counter. When she returned to retrieve it 10 minutes later, the watch was gone.

Compiled by Sy O’Neill from area law enforcement records.

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