Best of 2017: Police blotter roundup


JUPITER — A man who had dug a pit, filled it with charcoal and was cooking a turkey next to the pool at a development in the 400 block of Ocean Trail said he was attacked by another resident. He claimed the man, who was a board member, said the feast was against association rules. The man said he told the board member that when he finished the turkey he would fill the pit back in and replace the grass. The man said he was attacked by the board member and sustained cuts on his arms. The board member denied an assault took place and said he only stood in front of the pool gate to block the barbecue chef’s way. The victim told police that he would obtain witnesses to the attack and surveillance footage that he would submit.


BOYNTON BEACH — A woman at a park in the 2200 block of North Federal Highway was igniting fireworks while exposing herself to other park visitors. She was arrested and taken to the county jail.


JUPITER — After throwing a drink on a bartender at an establishment in the 1200 block of Town Center Drive, an intoxicated woman reached over the bar, grabbed the soda gun and began spraying the bartender while yelling “You will pay attention to me.” A police officer, working an extra-duty detail in the area, approached the inebriated woman and asked her to step outside. She complied. When told she needed to leave the area she refused and instead said they needed to talk. The officer said there was nothing to talk about and she needed to leave. Again she declined. She was informed that she would be arrested if she did not comply and she stated “arrest me.” After being handcuffed and taken to the officer’s marked vehicle the woman began screaming profanities and added “You don’t know who you’re dealing with!” An unidentified man who claimed he was there with the woman pleaded with her to calm and down and said “calm down … you’re going to jail.” She later attempted to kick out the windows of the patrol car and after being even further restrained was transported to jail.


WEST PALM BEACH — A man stuffed three packages of flea repellent down the front of his pants, then headed out the exit of a store in the 800 block of Southern Boulevard. He was detained by a loss prevention officer, and the $61 worth of stolen merchandise was recovered.


JUPITER — Though he won the game of pool, a man lost his teeth after they were knocked out by his sore loser of an opponent at an establishment in the 200 block of U.S. 1. After striking the man, the suspect then ran out of the bar. The victim did not know his attacker, but was able to give police a description of him. A man who witnessed the attack corroborated the victim’s account.


ROYAL PALM BEACH — Two packages were stolen from the front patio of a residence in the 400 block of La Mancha Avenue. One package was found by a neighbor and returned. The other package, which contained a product called “Booze Smuggler” and a potato sack, was not found. Contents were worth $40.


BOCA RATON — A businessin the 1900 block of Northeast Fifth Avenue reported that a job applicant battered two employees, then stormed out. The applicant told police the employees attacked him.


JUPITER — Looking for love in all the wrong places, an intoxicated couple decided to consummate their passion with a bit of one-on-one time in the most romantic of places — the front seat of a car. The pair was spotted inside the vehicle, which had its hazard lights flashing, near a shopping and dining complex in the 200 block of U.S. 1. An officer approached the vehicle and noticed the pair naked and engaging in sexual intercourse. Their actions appeared to be consensual. After he knocked on the window, the pair stopped what they were doing. The man then opened the door and asked the officer what he wanted. The officer told them to put some clothes on and they complied. Both had glassy red eyes and slurred speech and after brief discussions with officers became belligerent. They were eventually arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and issued notices to appear. Each called family members to come get them and the vehicle was secured and left in the parking lot.


PALM BEACH GARDENS — Two men working on a job site in the 13000 block of Pasteur Boulevard got into a disagreement over who was allowed to use the elevator. The man in charge of the elevator informed the other he must take the stairs. This did not sit well with the potential stair walker who decided to stick his fingers in the elevator operator’s nose. Not in the mood to have his nose picked, the elevator operator shoved the man back. The man who was told to take the stairs ramped up his assault, punching and socking the elevator operator in the mouth. The elevator operator was left with a small cut inside his mouth. Another worker corroborated the elevator operator’s story and his attacker was arrested and charged with battery.


PALM BEACH GARDENS — After selecting a cart, a man proceeded to load seven cases of beer and four packages of fireworks into it while shopping at a store in the 8900 block of North Military Trail. He then headed for the exit. An employee grabbed ahold of the cart in attempt to thwart the man’s theft. The man attempted to strike the employee. But the man was not much of a fighter and failed to land a single blow. Another employee also stepped in to stop the man who was determined to get out with the cart. Again the man swung away, but failed to land a punch. Once outside the man abandoned the cart, and his dreams of an alcohol-fueled extravaganza, and jumped into a waiting car. The vehicle sped away. The employees were able to describe the car in detail, but failed to get the license plate number. The beer and fireworks, worth more than $300, were recovered.


PALM BEACH GARDENS — Two women decided to settle a long-simmering feud over alleged infidelity with a serious smackdown down behind a restaurant in the 11700 block of Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue. Though both sustained injuries to their arms and faces, they each claimed the other started the fight. One woman said that she was approached and bitten by her opponent. The other said she was clobbered over the head with a shoe which started the fight. Both women wanted to prosecute, but there were no witnesses or surveillance cameras at the scene. 


GREENACRES — A man paid for a pack of cigarettes with a $100 bill at a store in the 3900 block of South Jog Road. Later that day it was determined the bill was bogus. The bill’s designer apparently had spelling and grammar issues, as the fake money sported the phrases “Suvenir of America” and “Its’ not the money, it’s a joke.”


JUPITER — While grabbing the stomach of her soon-to-be ex-husband’s new girlfriend, the soon-to-be ex-wife said “how did you get so fat?” She then kissed the new girlfriend on the cheek. This was reported to authorities and the soon-to-be ex-wife was told by police to leave the premises, a festival in the 400 block of South A1A. While she was being escorted out, she spotted the new girlfriend and ran up and slapped her in the back of the head. She was arrested for battery and later taken to jail.


JUPITER — Two men loaded up their cart with goods while shopping at a business in the 2100 block of West Indiantown Road. Once at the self-checkout lane, however, they decided to pay for only certain items. They bagged the paid and unpaid-for items up and attempted to stroll out. Unfortunately for the not-so-dynamic duo a member of the store’s loss prevention team was standing directly behind them while they committed the crime. Police were summoned and the men were arrested and later released with notices to appear.


LANTANA — A woman and several fellow dancers were practicing their routines in a clubhouse in the 800 block of North Federal Highway when the homeowners association president arrived in a state of distress. The HOA president informed the dancers that they could not use the facility without a $100 deposit and board approval. While the woman and her fellow dancers said they would be on their way, the HOA president began turning off the lights and continued telling people they had to get out. As the woman was exiting, the HOA president pushed her. A witness told police she had to step in between the two women, because she believed the HOA president would keep pushing the dancer. The officer spoke to the HOA president, who said she had heard that a dance party was going on and went to the clubhouse to kick the dancers out. She said she did not push the other woman, claiming she just put her hand up because she thought the woman was going to strike her. In the end, the HOA president admitted she could have handled the situation better. Both parties involved in the altercation calmed down, and the woman who was pushed declined to press charges.


JUPITER — Two men were seen sitting inside a car at a park in the 2100 block of Marcinski Road after park hours. An officer saw the men and approached their vehicle. The officer asked the pair if they had any weapons or drugs inside and the passenger said “I will be honest, I have a bowl in my pocket.” Though aware that a ‘bowl’ is typically used for smoking marijuana, the officer asked the man what he used it for. The man replied “Weed, I smoke my weed with it.” He was arrested on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and released with a notice to appear.


BOCA RATON — A man rented a vehicle and drove to a homeless shelter in Pompano, where he picked up two men so they could enjoy some air conditioning. During a traffic stop in the 1900 block of South Federal Highway in Boca Raton at 1 a.m., two of the men, including the man who rented the vehicle, were found in possession of pot and arrested.


BOYNTON BEACH — A man was found on the ground, holding his neck, in the 100 block of Northwest 14th Avenue. It was determined that the man, who was intoxicated, had attempted to climb over a 6-foot wall while holding a machete. He lost his balance and fell, landing on his machete, which left a 5-inch laceration on his neck. He was taken to an area hospital.


JUPITER — After consuming several alcoholic beverages at his home in the 100 block of Elena Court a man said he became distraught over the prospect of his children being born in the United States. He stated he began arguing with his wife that any children they have should be born in England where black lives matter. The wife said that he was drunk and began breaking glasses in the kitchen by throwing them onto the floor. She said she recorded the drunken glass breaking with her phone and that when her husband realized he was being recorded he began calling her names. The video showed the glasses being broken and the man snatching her cellphone before the recording stopped. The wife said he then punched her in the face before wrestling her to the ground. She said he quickly hopped up and took his cellphone, thinking it was hers, and ran outside to throw it in the pool. He threw the phone, but it landed in the grass and he fell into the pool. The husband was arrested and taken to jail.


LOXAHATCHEE/ACREAGE — Family members setting up Christmas lights at a residence in the 16300 block of East Aintree Drive got into a scuffle, and several derogatory terms were thrown about. When deputies arrived on the scene, one couple had left the house. The homeowner was advised not to invite problematic family members to the residence.


PALM BEACH GARDENS — After finally coming to a stop in the 4100 block of Munson Court, a man exited his vehicle and exclaimed to police, “Wasted, wasted, wasted, I’m wasted, I’m wasted, I’m wasted!” His alcohol-fueled adventure had begun a short while earlier after police witnessed him take a turn onto southbound N. Military Trail from PGA Boulevard at such a high rate of speed that he went over the center median and was traveling south in the northbound lanes. He then drove back over the median and, with police in pursuit, with lights flashing and sirens wailing, continued to Munson Court. After listening to his “wasted” rant, officers asked him how much he had to drink, to which he replied “too much, too many.” He agreed to participate in a roadside sobriety test. He was arrested on a charge of DUI.


JUPITER — After crossing fishing lines and arguing about fishing etiquette, two men got into a roll around-on-the-ground fight at a park in the 1100 block of North Alternate A1A. One of the men said that after arguing for a few minutes the other angler tackled him to the ground. No actual punches were thrown and after the victim said he was going to call the police, his attacker disengaged. Officers arrived before the attacker could leave the area and after hearing both sides of the altercation were ready to arrest the attacker. The victim told police that if his attacker apologized that he would not pursue charges. The attacker apologized and shook his victim’s hand. Both parties left the park.


JUPITER — An angler got another fisherman’s lure stuck in his face while fishing at a park in the 1100 block of N. Alternate A1A. With hooks from the lure stuck in his cheek and forehead, the angler claimed it was no accident. He said he had crossed lines with the other fisherman and that the fisherman then intentionally swung his rod, hitting him in the head and embedding the hooks. The man, however, said that the angler had hooked a fish and was pushing his way past all the other people trying to land it. He said that while trying reel in his line the lure got stuck in the rocks and when it broke free it flew up and stuck in the angler’s face. He said it was unintentional. Another man corroborated the second story and no charges were filed.


DELRAY BEACH — A brick of cocaine was found in the 2000 block of South Ocean Boulevard.

FORT PIERCE — A handgun was found on the sidewalk in the area of North 20th Street and Avenue L.

DELRAY BEACH — A woman had a few drinks at an establishment in the first block of South Ocean Boulevard and couldn’t remember where she left her cellphone.

BOCA RATON — A person reported losing a bottom set of gold teeth in the 100 block of Southeast Mizner Boulevard.

HOBE SOUND — A man was cleaning out a house he recently purchased in the 8400 block of Southeast Skylark Avenue in Hobe Sound when he found a gun on the top shelf of a closet.

DELRAY BEACH — Surveillance cameras were found in the back yard of a home in the 1300 block of Southwest 21st Avenue.

FORT PIERCE — A resident in the 400 block of Douglas Court found a bag of marijuana stashed inside a couch recently purchased in Port St. Lucie.

DELRAY BEACH — Someone turned in a drone that fell out of the sky in the 100 block of Southwest 13th Avenue.

BOCA RATON — Counterfeit money was found lying on the side of the road in the 3000 block of Clint Moore Road.

DELRAY BEACH — A resident in the 700 block of Lake Shore Drive reported misplacing two firearms within the past year.

BOCA RATON — The owner of a Ruger .22-caliber revolver reported losing the firearm in the first block of West Yamato Road.

DELRAY BEACH — A magazine with multiple rounds in it was found in the first block of Northwest 12th Avenue.

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