- Sy O'Neill
- Eddie Ritz Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE
A man contacted Animal Control after he found a Yorkie outside his condo. When an officer came to take custody of the dog, a man rode up on a bicycle and said the dog belonged to him. He was given the pup. Two days later when an officer went to the dog owner’s home in the 2000 block of Southeast Mantua Street for a follow-up investigation, he was told the dog was missing again. Another resident in the home went looking for the missing dog a few days later and encountered a man who accused her of neglecting the dog. He said he had been keeping the dog, and it would be put up for adoption. It was determined this man was the same person who originally found the dog and had contacted Animal Control. Police spoke to him and he admitted he gave the Yorkie to a woman from North Carolina, whom he met at a dollar store. She told him she would give the dog to her father, who lives somewhere in Florida. The man told police he didn’t know the woman’s name or any other information. The dog’s owners said they would not press charges against the man if the dog were returned. In the event that the dog is not returned and the owners wish to prosecute, the man will be charged with grand theft.
A woman told police that $450 was missing from an envelope delivered to her residence in the 300 block of Southwest Undallo Road by her tenant. She said the tenant handed an envelope containing $1,450 to her son’s friend, believing he was her son. When the woman counted the money and saw some was missing, she questioned her son’s friend. She asked him to open his backpack and empty his pockets, to prove he didn’t take the cash. The teen then ran to the bathroom, and when he emerged, he left the residence on his skateboard. An officer stopped the youth, who admitted taking the money, which he had stuffed in his sock. He handed over $400 to the officer. While $50 still was unaccounted for, the woman decided not to press charges.
PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE
A vehicle was stopped in the 9000 block of North Military Trail for having a nonfunctioning tag light. After making contact with the driver, the officer informed the man of the reason for the stop. The man then informed the officer that he had no license and wasn’t sure why it was suspended. A quick records check confirmed the suspension and showed that it stemmed from failure to pay fines including the most recent involving possession of a controlled substance. The officer then asked the man if there were currently any illegal substances in the car. The man said yes and the vehicle was searched. During the search, the man spontaneously told the officer that he sometimes smokes marijuana and, on occasion, likes to mix cocaine in with it. Crack cocaine was located in a compartment inside the car. The man was arrested for driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to the county jail.
The rear passenger window of a car was smashed while it was parked in the 10000 block of Riverside Drive. The witness who saw the crime said he saw a man rummaging around inside. When the owner of the vehicle was located he initially stated nothing was missing until his wife realized her purse, which she had hidden under the front passenger seat, was gone. The purse and its contents were worth more than $450. The couple had come to the area to take their children trick-or-treating.
A man walked into a store in the 3000 block of Northlake Boulevard and selected two 18-packs of beer. He then quickly left without paying and headed south through the parking lot. The manager said the incident happened so quickly she did not get a good look at the perpetrator. The beer was worth nearly $25.
Working together, three women stole more than $230 worth of merchandise from a store inside a shopping center in the 3100 block of PGA Boulevard. The manager saw the threesome enter the store, became suspicious and went over to inquire if they needed any assistance. They ignored her and immediately left the store. The manager quickly went into the office and checked the surveillance footage. It showed two of the women removing anti-theft devices from articles of clothing and stuffing the clothes into a shopping bag while the third woman stood watch. The shopping center’s surveillance system showed the three women leaving the center, getting into a car and driving away. The footage clearly showed the make and model of the vehicle as well as the license plate number.
A woman selected 35 articles of clothing, six pieces of jewelry and pair of headphones while shopping at a store in the 2100 block of West Indiantown Road. She then placed all the items into two bags and walked out without paying. The store’s loss prevention team spotted and intercepted her at one of the exits. The woman became argumentative and refused to follow them. She was stopped outside by police. The merchandise, valued at more than $560, was recovered. Upon searching the woman’s belongings, several syringes, a clear glass rod used for smoking crack cocaine and two small plastic bags each containing crack were discovered. The woman was arrested for shoplifting, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A man left his two bicycles unsecured and leaning against a fence outside his residence in the 200 block of North Pennock Lane. When the man checked on them four hours later, they were gone. The man said one was worth $100 and the other $250. He said he did not wish to prosecute, but wanted them returned. There were no security or surveillance cameras in the area. The area was canvassed with negative results.
While driving north on Alternate A1A near Indiantown road, a motorist nearly ran into a police car multiple times. Noticing the driver was having difficulty staying in the lane and was affecting other vehicles, the officer pulled him over. The man had red, glassy eyes and though he initially stated he was coming from an eatery in West Palm Beach, it was later determined he had been in Palm Beach Gardens. When asked, the man said he had only one glass of wine. Unaware of why he had been stopped, the man was informed that he nearly ran into a police car two times. The man replied that he didn’t see the marked car. When asked to take a roadside sobriety test the man said he would take an Uber or call his wife to pick him up. After being told that was no longer an option he refused to take the test and then said he would do a few of the tests. He was arrested for DUI.
NORTH PALM BEACH POLICE
A man dressed completely in black walked into a store in the 300 block of Northlake Boulevard and proceeded directly to the beer cooler. Once there he selected three 18-packs of beer and walked out without paying. The store’s manager and a clerk were able to see what vehicle he got in to, take pictures of the car’s license plate number and saw which direction he headed. Later investigative work revealed the man was a suspect in other similar thefts and was eventually apprehended.
MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
A woman in the 9000 block of Southeast Hobe Ridge Avenue in Hobe Sound decided to confess to her boyfriend of three years that while she was visiting a male friend out of state in the summer, she engaged in sexual activities with him. An argument ensued, escalating to the point that her boyfriend began throwing objects. One struck her on her lower lip. After hearing her story, a deputy spoke to the boyfriend. He told the deputy that after his girlfriend revealed her unfaithfulness to him, they got into an argument. He denied throwing things at her and said he was not the cause of her swollen, bloody lip. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.
Two glasses of wine and a shot of Fireball at an establishment in the 3900 block of Northeast Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach turned a 44-year-old woman aggressive. She started to choke another patron at the bar and, when the bartender gave her a glass of water to calm her down, she tossed it at a computer. The bartender took the woman’s keys to prevent her from driving. The manager told the woman he would get her transportation home, but she ran out the door and got into her car. Realizing she didn’t have her keys, the woman decided instead to run laps around the parking lot. She then got into her car again, where deputies found her hunched over in the driver’s seat. Deputies removed the woman from her car and contacted a friend to drive her home. When the friend arrived, the intoxicated woman began cursing and told deputies to take her to jail. They did.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Despite a man’s efforts to get rid of the evidence, a deputy arrested him in the area of Avenue D and 17th Street in Fort Pierce following a drug deal. The man, realizing he had been caught, dumped out his bag of pot onto the ground. Charged with possession or marijuana and tampering with evidence, he was taken to the county jail.
FORT PIERCE POLICE
Police stopped a vehicle traveling without its headlights on at 10:30 p.m. in the Sabal Chase Community. Officers spotted a bag of marijuana in plain view. The 23-year-old driver was found to have a suspended license and a warrant for his arrest out of Miami. He was arrested. In the rear seat, his young child was sleeping. Police contacted the child’s mother, who came to the scene to take custody. The man was taken to the county jail.
A homeless man was arrested after he stole soup and 20 pieces of fried chicken from a store in the 2500 block of South U.S. 1. The assistant store manager asked that the man be given a trespass warning from the premises, and he said the company would press charges in the $18.73 theft. The man was taken to the county jail.