- Sy O'Neill
- Eddie Ritz Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
After selecting a bottle of liquor and three cartons of cigarettes at a store in the 6600 block of West Indiantown Road, a couple attempted to pay with a gift card from a nearby gas station. Before the clerk could say anything, the woman grabbed the four items and the couple ran from the store. Going into pursuit mode, the clerk chased the pair across the plaza parking lot. He managed to knock two of the cartons of cigarettes from the woman’s hand and, despite running, used his cellphone to snap a picture of the woman. The pair then crossed West Indiantown and escaped. The bottle of liquor was worth $100 and carton of cigarettes was worth $70. Though taken on the run, the picture of the woman was clear and the recovered cartons of cigarettes were processed for fingerprints.
An employee at a store in the 2100 block of West Indiantown Road became suspicious when a man who had filled a shopping cart with merchandise kept staring at her. The man then exited the store with the shopping cart without paying. An asset protection associate for the store, who had been alerted to the man, chased after him and ordered him to come back. The perpetrator abandoned the cart and fled into a wooded area. The recovered merchandise was worth nearly $400. The store indicated that if the thief was located they would prosecute.
A scooter was pulled over in the 200 block of Military Trail after police witnessed it swerving back and forth rapidly, running a red light and making an illegal U-Turn. Upon making contact with the rider, police noticed he had red, glassy eyes and, though his speech was slurred, he was quite talkative. He was also silly and animated. At one point he asked the officer if he was going to yell at him while running in a hunched over, exaggerated style. Though he initially refused to take part in a roadside sobriety test he eventually consented. He appeared to mock portions of the test by acting as if he was about to fall over only to jump around in a deliberate manner. In addition to silliness, the man’s mood also ranged from friendly and jovial to intransigent and demanding. He was arrested for DUI and later booked into the county jail.
PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE
After failing to stop for a stop sign, a car was pulled over in the 8900 block of Northlake Boulevard. Upon making contact with the occupants, the officer noticed the smell of marijuana. After asking the couple to exit the vehicle, the officer noticed a small plastic bag that contained a green leafy substance inside the woman’s bag. The substance was field tested and proved to be marijuana. The woman said it did not belong to her and the man had placed it in her bag. When confronted, the man admitted it was his and that he did place it in her bag. He was arrested for drug possession and later released with a notice to appear.
The passenger side window of a man’s car was smashed while it was parked outside a health and wellness facility in the 7000 block of Fairway Drive. The window’s tint held the glass together. The vehicle’s owner said the perpetrator did not enter the vehicle and that nothing was missing. There were no surveillance cameras in the area.
NORTH PALM BEACH POLICE
After confronting a man in the parking lot outside an eatery in the 200 block of US 1, an officer discovered the man had an indefinite trespass warning for the area. He was arrested and later released with a notice to appear. He was last seen walking south on US 1.
A woman was caught shoplifting by the manager of a business in the 11200 block of US 1. She was escorted back inside the store. When police arrived, the woman was arrested. She explained that she recently lost her job and wanted to throw her niece a nice party. The items were worth $100. She was released with a notice to appear.
Traveling 59 mph in a 35 mph-zone, a car was pulled over in the 1200 block of US 1. After making contact with the driver, police noted he had red, glassy eyes and spoke mostly in short incoherent, sometimes incomplete, sentences. When asked to produce his license, registration and proof of insurance the man ignored the officer four times before blurting out “I’m just trying to get to my hotel.” When asked if he had been drinking the man said “yes.” When asked how much he simply said “too much.” Though he told them “I will not pass,” he agreed to take part in a roadside sobriety test. At the conclusion of the test he was arrested for DUI.
MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
A woman carrying a large floral bag went on a shoplifting spree at a store in the 2700 block of Northwest Mall Circle in Jensen Beach. While a loss prevention officer watched, the woman took a large amount of jewelry and other merchandise into a fitting room and emerged empty-handed. She was detained as she walked out of the store. The woman admitted she came to the store with the intention of shoplifting items for Christmas gifts. In her handbag were two pairs of men’s pajamas, four pairs of leggings, socks, six watches and 10 pieces of jewelry. Also in her possession were two pairs of pliers and a magnetic wand used to deactivate anti-shoplifting sensors. The woman told a deputy she had been shoplifting at the store on a half dozen occasions in the last few months. The total taken on this outing was $403.68. She was arrested and taken to the county jail.
An employee stole a total of $304.12 over a period of time from the cash register at a business in the 1900 block of Northwest Federal Highway in Stuart. She was arrested and taken to the county jail.
A deputy observed a truck traveling 10 mph above the speed limit on Southeast Federal Highway in Stuart. The motorist then ran a red light at Southeast Monterey Road. The deputy stopped the vehicle and, while conversing with the 26-year-old driver, noticed the smell of pot emanating from the vehicle. When the deputy asked the driver where the weed was, the driver responded, “Let me show you.” He exited his truck and went to the rear of the vehicle, pulling out two plastic bags of pot. He asked the deputy to write him up a notice to appear in court, as the weight of the marijuana was less than 20 grams and therefore not felony. “I never carry more than 20,” the driver explained. The pot was seized and the motorist was given a notice to appear in court.
A disturbance between a woman and her boyfriend brought a deputy to the 4300 block of Southeast Waterford Drive in Stuart. The woman told him her boyfriend struck her in the face with roses. The deputy observed that the side of her face was red. She said her boyfriend was upset that she was moving out. When she started gathering her belongings, he pushed her and placed his hands around her neck. She left the house, but returned when he sent her a text message. He then took roses out of a vase and smacked her in the face. The deputy found the flowers in the kitchen garbage can, and the vase on the counter top with one rose still in it. The deputy spoke to the boyfriend, who said he never touched the woman. He said he asked her to leave the house because he caught her lying to him. He said she was verbally abusive to him and slammed down his iPad. The deputy determined that the boyfriend was the primary aggressor, arrested him and took him to the county jail.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
BATTERY ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
Deputies went to a residence in the 2700 block of North U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce to investigate a report of domestic violence. A woman at the apartment said she and her boyfriend had been arguing when he started throwing Christmas decorations around the house and punched her in the face. The woman had a large welt on the side of her face. A deputy spoke to the boyfriend who claimed the woman was drinking and became belligerent. During the investigation, the boyfriend became combative, pulling away from deputies and verbally abusing them. He began cursing and claimed his girlfriend beat him up. He was determined to be the primary aggressor and arrested. When deputies attempted to subdue him, the boyfriend kicked one of them twice and received an additional charge of battery on a law enforcement officer.
During a traffic stop in the 600 block of North 23rd Street in Fort Pierce, a deputy detected the smell of marijuana. The 44-year-old driver said he had recently smoked pot. The deputy searched the vehicle and found pot and crack cocaine. The man was arrested and taken to the county jail.
PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE
A woman came home to her residence in the 1300 block of Southeast Belcrest Street to find the front door open. She called 911. Police searched the home, but no one was inside. Dresser drawers had been ransacked and a PlayStation 4 and one game controller were missing.
The project manager at a construction site in the 100 block of Southwest Port St. Lucie Boulevard reported the theft of wood with a value of $1,600.
FORT PIERCE POLICE
An asset protection associate watched on video surveillance as two women in a store in the 5100 block of Okeechobee Road walked out with a Hoverboard and a Segway. Each item was worth $298. The associate saw the women place their stolen goods into a silver Hyundai. A police officer checked the tag on the women’s vehicle and found the car was a rental. He spoke to an employee of the rental company and obtained information on the woman who was the registered driver. Later that day the same two women returned to the store to do some more shoplifting. They placed a Segway and two watches into their cart. One of the women slipped one of the watches into her purse. Her companion hid the other watch in a shopping bag. Police waited outside for the women, arrested both and took them to the county jail.