- Sy O'Neill
- Eddie Ritz Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE
After perusing the wine section at a store in the 4100 block of Hood Road and selecting a bottle, a woman proceeded to the store’s bathroom and entered a stall. Once inside and enjoying the ambiance, she consumed the wine and deposited the bottle in a trash can. Unbeknownst to the woman, a store manager witnessed her ‘wine in the bathroom’ scheme and alerted police. The officer found the woman outside the store, but still in the plaza and she was identified by the manager. She was not prosecuted for stealing the $5 bottle of wine, but was issued an 18-month trespass warning for the entire shopping center.
While the manager of a store in the 3100 block of PGA Boulevard was being asked questions regarding memory foam pillows, a man stole two speakers worth nearly $500 from a display. When the manager realized that the speakers were gone, he also realized that the woman asking him questions was part of the scam and had been distracting him. After reviewing the store’s surveillance footage, the manager got a clean look at the perpetrator and was able to show police the video. The man was located a short distance away at a bus stop with the two speakers. He was questioned and arrested. While he was being arrested the woman walked up, was positively identified by the manager and arrested as well.
Believing he spotted the person who sold his friend drugs that resulted in his death, a man confronted the suspected drug dealer outside an establishment in the 9900 block of Alternate A1A. Words and name-calling quickly turned into an all-out smackdown complete with fish hooking, punching and heads slamming into the ground. When it finally ended the suspected drug dealer was on the ground outside the establishment with blood on his face, hands and clothing and the other combatant had been taken to the hospital with significant facial injuries. Though there were no witnesses, police believe the man who confronted the suspected drug dealer was the primary aggressor. He was arrested.
After causing a scene with neighbors and being asked to leave a residence in the 900 block of Cheyenne Street, a woman attacked the actual resident, clawing her face and biting her breast. Another woman at the home said she heard the commotion and the resident scream “she bit my (expletive)” before breaking them up. When police arrived they found the home’s resident with blood on her face and hand and a bite mark on her breast. When they confronted the alleged breast biter, she claimed she was sleeping and was attacked. Despite her denial she was arrested and charged with battery.
A man walked into a store in the 800 block of West Indiantown Road, selected three 18-packs of beer and walked out without paying. An employee witnessed the theft and was later able to give police a description of the perpetrator and his vehicle. Police were also able to access surveillance video of the incident and witness the theft for themselves. The beer was worth $75.
After consuming two large bottles of beer, a woman walked in front of a business in the 300 block of Hibiscus Street, dropped her pants and urinated outside the front door. An employee witnessed the act and called police. Officers located the woman a short distance away drinking another large bottle of beer, which she said was her third that morning. When confronted about the urination, through slurred words, she commented how it was OK for men to urinate in bushes, but women could not do the same. Investigation of the scene of the crime, and the liquid evidence, showed the woman was nowhere near bushes, but had relieved herself directly on the sidewalk in front of the business’ entrance. She was arrested on a charge of disorderly intoxication.
NORTH PALM BEACH POLICE
A man entered a store in the 200 block of U.S. 1 and selected several packages of undergarments. He then walked out without paying. The store’s manager was able to give police a detailed description of the suspect. Police located him a short distance away with the undergarments in a clear plastic bag. He was arrested and the $70 worth of undergarments recovered.
An intoxicated man at an establishment in the 400 block of U.S. 1 became hostile after employees confronted him about his unpaid bill. When police arrived they found him in the parking lot. He refused to tell police his name and was informed that if he did not identify himself he would be arrested. He then told police he would not be arrested and started to walk away. The officer told him to stop or he would be taken to jail. As he continued walking away he again informed the officer he would not be getting arrested. He was wrong. He was taken to the ground, placed in handcuffs and arrested on charges of disorderly intoxication, defrauding an innkeeper and resisting an officer. The officer was later informed by a co-worker that the man had walked out a tab at another nearby establishment early that day.
MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
House keys and car keys were taken from two unlocked vehicles in the 5200 block of Southwest Anhinga Avenue in Palm City.
After perusing the beer selection at a store in the 1700 block of Northeast Jensen Beach Boulevard in Jensen Beach for several minutes, a 27-year-old man grabbed an eight-pack of Natural Ice beer and headed out the door. He was nabbed with his ill-gotten brews, which retailed for $13.39. He was arrested and given a notice to appear in court. He also received a trespass warning from the premises.
A deputy acting on a report of a suspicious vehicle stopped a motorist in the 8000 block of Southwest Jack James Avenue in Stuart. When he deputy asked the driver and her passenger about their activities in a nearby neighborhood, the man said he was there to cut down a tree. He could not provide an address where the work was to take place. He said he was knocking on doors in the area to drum up work. A search of the vehicle turned up syringes and a bent spoon. The woman claimed ownership of the paraphernalia, saying she shoots up pain medication. She was arrested and given a notice to appear in court. Her companion was released without charges.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
While in a bar with her boyfriend in the 8500 block of South U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie, a woman left her purse unattended. The next day she discovered $500 missing from her wallet and recalled seeing the woman seated next to her reaching down. Surveillance video showed the woman sitting next to her take the wallet, go to the bathroom with it, then come back and put the wallet back in the purse. Police arrested the woman on grand theft charges.
A man detained for jaywalking in the 1600 block of Avenue D in Fort Pierce was found in possession of a handgun tucked into his waistband. The man, a convicted felon, was arrested.
During a traffic stop of a motorist who ran a stop sign at the intersection of Avenue I and North 31st Street in Fort Pierce, deputies found that the driver had a suspended license. A background check showed that the driver and his two passengers were all convicted felons. The driver denied being in possession of guns or drugs and agreed to a search of the vehicle. Deputies found guns under the driver’s seat and the front passenger’s seat. A bag of what appeared to be pot was found on the back seat. The men denied knowing about the guns or the suspected weed. A test on the contents of the bag showed it was not marijuana. All three men were arrested on concealed weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charges.
A deputy investigating a vehicle crash in the area of Kings Highway and Graham Road in Fort Pierce observed that the motorist at fault was slurring his words and appeared lethargic. When he asked the motorist for his license, the man handed him his bank debit card. After a poor performance on field sobriety tests, the man was arrested and taken to the county jail.
PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE
Two men entered a store in the 10800 block of South U.S. 1 around 2 a.m. After placing some groceries in their cart, they headed to the sporting goods section and picked up two backpacks. Next, they went to the electronics section and stuffed four dozen ink cartridges into the backpacks. The pair walked around the store for a few minutes before leaving the store through a fire exit. They got into a maroon Dodge Magnum waiting for them. The pair got away with $2,800 worth of merchandise. The incident was captured on surveillance video.
A husband and wife returned to their home in the 2200 block of Southwest Almansa Avenue to find doors ajar and items moved in the master bedroom. Missing were a ring valued at $800 and an iPhone charging cable. An officer spoke to the victims’ neighbor and his father, who were nervous and denied knowing anything about recent burglaries in the area. They refused to let police search their residence.
FORT PIERCE POLICE
Police questioned a man in the area of North Eighth Street and Avenue D about a domestic incident reported by an anonymous witness, but he denied striking his girlfriend in the head. During a pat down, the man was found with a crack pipe in his pocket. He denied ownership of the pipe but was arrested and taken to the county jail. Officers spoke to his girlfriend, who said the man did not strike her, and she did not want him to go to jail. One of the woman’s eyes was red, but she declined to press charges.
Police on patrol found a man loitering next to a fence in the 400 block of Means Court. When police shined headlights on the man, he fled. Police turned on the emergency lights and siren, ordering the man to stop, but he replied, “I gotta pee” and took off running. Police followed and observed a glass stem in his right hand. The man tossed the stem into a grassy field before he was taken into custody. When he could give no reason for loitering by the fence or fleeing from police, he was arrested.
A motorist driving without headlights was stopped at 11:20 p.m. in the area of North 25th Street and Avenue D. As an officer spoke to the driver, he spotted a crack pipe and three rocks of crack cocaine in the center console. He arrested the driver and took him to the county jail.