- By Sy O'Neill
- Eddie Ritz Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE
A man and a woman entered a store in the 3100 block of Northlake Boulevard. Once inside the man selected a shopping basket and began loading it with various items including electronic grooming devices and body wash. He then walked out of the store with the woman without paying. The store’s manager was able to give police a detailed description of the couple and which direction they fled. A short while later, in the city of Riviera Beach, a couple was involved in a crash while driving a stolen vehicle. Inside the vehicle was a shopping basket from the store along with the merchandise. The manager of the store was taken to the crash site where he identified the perpetrators. The pair was arrested and the merchandise, worth nearly $300, was recovered.
A man’s bicycle was stolen off his boat while it was docked at a marina in the 2400 block of PGA Boulevard. The man was able to give police a description of the bicycle and the approximate time it was taken. A sports drink bottle and a container of peanuts that did not belong to the boat’s owner was found near where the bicycle was stolen. They were seized as evidence and a fingerprint was lifted off the peanut can. The bicycle was worth $1,500.
A woman’s car was illegally entered while parked at a shopping center in the 11700 block of U.S. 1. The woman said her pocket book which contained various credit cards, her credentials and a small digital camera was stolen. She said there was no sign of forced entry and that she may have left the doors unlocked. She canceled all her credit cards and said that the camera was worth $90.
After becoming extremely intoxicated, a man and his friends were told to leave an establishment in the 1100 block of Love Street. As two staff members were escorting the rambunctious bunch out, the man turned around, puffed up his chest and stated “I’m going to kick your (expletive).” As they approached the entrance/exit of the establishment the man decided to make good on his promise and took a swing at one of the staff members. The staff member evaded the assault and his co-worker punched the man in the head. When police arrived, the employees declined to press charges and the intoxicated man and his motley crew were issued trespass warnings for one year.
Failing to maintain her lane and exceeding the speed limit by 15 mph, a driver was stopped along U.S. 1 near the intersection of Marcinski Road. As the officer exited his marked patrol car, the suspect vehicle started to pull away. It stopped after the officer yelled at the driver. Upon making contact with the driver, the officer noticed she had bloodshot eyes and that her pants were wet in a way consistent that she had urinated on herself. After completing a field sobriety test, the woman was arrested and charged with DUI. A trip to the county’s breath testing facility confirmed that she was intoxicated and she was taken to jail.
After picking up her prescription a woman set it on the counter at a store in the 1800 block of West Indiantown Road while she went to get a drink. She left the store and when she arrived home realized she had left her prescription on the counter. When she called the store they reviewed surveillance footage and it showed another woman take the prescription, place it in her purse and leave. The store’s manager recognized the woman and after showing it to police, they issued a warrant for her arrest. The medication was worth $75.
NORTH PALM BEACH POLICE
While on patrol in the 1000 block of U.S. 1, an officer noticed a vehicle parked outside a motel taking up multiple spaces. As he approached the car, he noticed the driver smoking something and plumes of smoke leaving the driver’s side window. The smoke smelled of marijuana. The driver stated she was only smoking a “blunt” and that there was nothing else in the vehicle. A search was conducted and a bag of marijuana and a bag of cocaine were located inside. She was arrested and charged with drug possession.
A car was illegally entered while parked in the 9200 block of Prosperity Farms Road. A cellphone worth over $100 was stolen.
MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
A deputy on patrol stopped a vehicle with no tag lights and an expired registration on Southeast Cove Road in Stuart. While talking to the driver, the deputy detected the smell of pot. He asked her if there was anything illegal in her vehicle, and she said no. When the deputy told her he smelled weed, the woman produced a grinder with a small amount of marijuana in it. No other drugs or paraphernalia were found in the vehicle. The woman was given a notice to appear in court and released.
A man walked out on a $33.36 tab at a restaurant in the 2200 block of Southeast Federal Highway in Stuart. A deputy found the man in the parking lot. The man told him he had no money, not even a wallet. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.
A hand-carved, 5-foot-long wooden whale was removed from outside a home in the 900 block of Northeast Sandalwood Place in Jensen Beach. The whale, purchased for $500, had hung over the garage for more than 20 years, the victim said.
Credit and debit cards were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 4200 block of Southeast Cove Lake Circle in Stuart. The cards were recovered after deputies arrested a man in connection with a rash of vehicle burglaries in the neighborhood.
A woman staying with a friend in the 3100 block of Northeast Savannah Road in Jensen Beach called 911 to report that her ex-boyfriend showed up at the residence at 2:30 a.m. She said he wanted to talk with her, grabbed her and tried to take her outside. When she told him the cops were on their way, the ex-boyfriend left in his pickup. The woman’s friend corroborated her story. A deputy went to the ex-boyfriend’s residence and asked for his side of the story. Dressed only in his underwear, the man claimed he had been asleep and denied having a confrontation with his former flame at her friend’s house. He did tell the deputy that he ran into his ex-girlfriend by chance at a drugstore about an hour before the 911 call. The deputy informed him that said drugstore was closed at that time. The deputy also felt the grill on the man’s pickup and from the warm air coming from it, determined he had recently been driving the vehicle. He arrested the ex-boyfriend and took him to the county jail.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED LICENSE
A deputy stopped a motorist in the 600 block of Edwards Road in Fort Pierce, after observing that her vehicle had defective tag lights. A background check on the 29-year-old driver showed that her license was suspended. The driver said she was unaware of the suspension, as she had not received a notice. The deputy told her that she now was informed, and if she drives in the future would be committing a criminal offense. At the point the woman became belligerent, said she didn’t have a ride to work and drove off. The deputy stopped her again, further up the road, and arrested her. She was taken to the county jail.
PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE
As police were conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle with inoperable taillights in the area of Southwest Dalton Avenue and Southwest Port St. Lucie Boulevard, he saw a passenger throw a plastic bag out the window. While one officer spoke to the driver, a second one retrieved the bag, which contained marijuana. The 21-year-old passenger was arrested and taken to the county jail. The driver was given a written warning about the defective equipment.
The landlord for a residence in the 600 block of Southwest Jeanne Street told police that his tenants notified him by text that they had moved out. The tenants had not paid the last two months of rent, he said. When the landlord went to check the residence, he found the washer and dryer missing. He said he recently purchased the units for $1,350. Neither the landlord nor police were able to get in touch with the former tenants.
A man pushed a shopping cart laden with $373.65 worth of groceries out the door of a store in the 5400 block of Northwest St. James Drive, not stopping at a cash register to pay for the items. When he was confronted by a loss prevention officer and the store manager outside, he left the cart and fled. Police, including a K-9 unit, were able to track down the 51-year-old man, who said he stole the groceries because he had no food or money. Among the items he took were a case of beer, numerous packages of meat, chips, candy and hair dye. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.
FORT PIERCE POLICE
ASSAULTING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
Police were called to a residence in the 1600 block of North 29th Street to investigate a domestic disturbance. A woman at the scene told officers she and her husband had a verbal altercation, but she was afraid he would hurt her as he had in the past. Officers spoke to the husband, who said he gets upset during the month of February, because of the anniversary of the death of a family member. The man consented to an evaluation of his mental state, but then changed his mind. When officers tried to restrain him, he struck one of them on the face. He was arrested, then began screaming obscenities. Several backup officers arrived, and the man was taken to the county jail.
An intoxicated man began acting aggressively at a facility in the 1700 block of South 23rd Street, demanding to go home. The medical staff told the man that it was unsafe for him to leave, based on his level of intoxication, unless he had someone to pick him up and care for him. A police officer at the facility was able to calm down the man, but was summoned back when the man threatened to hit a nurse. The officer arrested the man, who balled up his fist aggressively toward him. As the officer was escorting him out of the area, the man spit on the nurse. The man was taken to the county jail.