PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE
Two men loaded a shopping cart with several pieces of merchandise, pushed it to the back of the store in the 3800 block of Northlake Boulevard and opened an emergency exit. With an employee yelling at the two men to stop and alerting the storeâs loss prevention officer, the men quickly loaded several items into a car and sped away. The dynamic duo did not get far. Their vehicle broke down just after leaving the storeâs parking lot and the pair jumped out and began pushing it. With a quick getaway no longer an option, they unloaded the stolen items and placed them in the backyard of a nearby residence. The entire episode was captured on video by the loss prevention officer using his cellphone. The pair then abandoned the car and fled. One of the men was captured hiding at a nearby car dealership. The other perpetrator escaped. When questioned the captured man said he only knew the other man as âfat boy.â The merchandise, which was worth over $1,600, was recovered.
With help from an employee, two men selected approximately $250 worth of merchandise while shopping at a store in the 3100 block of PGA Boulevard. As the store became increasingly busy, the sales associate said she lost track of the pair and eventually realized they had left without paying. A review of the shopping centerâs security footage showed the pair fleeing the complex and jumping into a waiting vehicle. The footage clearly showed the vehicle as well as the license plate. Police were able to find the name of the driver through that information. The storeâs manager said they will definitely press charges.
While driving his truck south on North Military Trail near PGA Boulevard, a man said his friend began punching him in the face. The man said his friend was intoxicated and upset because he wanted to see his children. The victimâs girlfriend said she did not see the assault, but watched as the intoxicated assailant jumped out of the moving vehicle. The assailant was taken to the hospital to be treated for an ankle injury and the victim declined to press charges.
An intoxicated man who was seen stumbling around in the road near the intersection of North Old Dixie Highway and Center Street, was spotted a short while later in the 1200 block of North A1A and the caller said he had a gun. As police approached the man he dropped a bandanna in the grass and immediately put his hands on top of his head. A BB gun was found inside the bandana. The officer asked the man why he was carrying the weapon and he said for protection. He was arrested for disorderly intoxication and later taken to jail.
Despite having been issued a trespass warning the night before, an intoxicated man showed up at a home in the 400 block of West Whitney Drive and disturbing the residents. The caller told police the man was cursing at him in front of his family. When officers arrived the man was carrying a bag of both opened and unopened alcoholic beverages. The man was arrested for disorderly intoxication taken to jail.
A man who had been trespassed from a store in the 2100 block of West Indiantown Road, was spotted by employees inside the business harassing customers for money. When police arrived they found the man outside the store, sitting on a bench. As the man was being arrested, he spontaneously informed the officer that he had drug paraphernalia hidden in his shoe. Several pipes used to smoke crack cocaine were located in his shoe and placed into evidence. He was taken to jail.
NORTH PALM BEACH POLICE
While visiting her boyfriend of one year at his residence in the 400 block of Northlake Court, a woman heard a knock at the door. When her boyfriend answered the door his other girlfriend, also of one year, was there and attempted to enter the residence. Unaware that she was sharing her man, woman number one became enraged. She ran outside and threw a mug at her boyfriendâs new truck and managed to chip the paint. More concerned for the safety of his truck than the love of girlfriend number one, the man shoved her to the ground causing her to hit her head. Despite being two-timed and shoved to the ground, the woman declined to press charges. The man also declined to press charges for the damage to his truck.
A car was stopped near the intersection of Lorraine Court and Prosperity Farms Road for having an illegal license plate. The driverâs hands were shaking, he was stuttering and appeared extremely nervous. The officer asked him if there was anything illegal inside and he said no. A K-9 officer was called out to do a sniff of the vehicle for any possible drug activity. The dog alerted his handler and marijuana was located inside the trunk. The man was arrested on a drug possession charge and later released with a notice to appear.
MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFFâS OFFICE
After observing a vehicle roll through a stop sign on Southeast Pomeroy Street in Stuart, a deputy stopped the motorist. The deputy issued him a written warning for the traffic infraction, then asked for permission to search the vehicle. During a pat-down of the driver, the deputy found an electronic cigarette with a brown liquid found to be THC. The driver said he used the drug for his arthritis. He was arrested.
During a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle in the 1700 block of Northwest Federal Highway in Jensen Beach, a deputy found crack cocaine on the passengerâs seat. The 30-year-old woman was arrested. She then told the deputy she had a crack pipe hidden in her pants. She was arrested and taken to the county jail.
A man placed beer into his backpack while shopping at a store in the 1700 block of Northeast Jensen Beach Boulevard in Jensen Beach. He then went to the checkout to pay for some food items. He was stopped by a deputy outside the store. When a background check showed the man had been given a trespass warning for the plaza, the deputy arrested him. The beer, valued at $4.87, was recovered. The 62-year-old was taken to the county jail.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFFâS OFFICE
POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION BY CONVICTED FELON
A deputy observed a pickup pulling a trailer with no taillights in the area of Okeechobee Road and Midway Road. He stopped the vehicle and observed that the trailer, which contained a wild hog, had no license plate attached. The driver, a 56-year-old Okeechobee man, said he pulled the tag off so it wouldnât get lost. He showed the deputy the tag and the registrations for his vehicle and trailer. A second deputy asked to see the identification of the front and back passengers, then spotted a .380-caliber round on the floorboard in the back. All four occupants said there were no firearms in the vehicle. A search turned up several spent casings but no guns. After a background check showed that the driver was a convicted felon, he was arrested and taken to the county jail. A second man in the vehicle was arrested as he was under an injunction against domestic violence, which prohibited him from possessing ammunition.
DISTURBING THE PEACE
A deputy was called out to the playground of a school in the 1700 block of Southeast Lennard Road in Port St. Lucie, when a woman across the street started yelling at the students. The 36-year-old Miami woman screamed, âI am going to shoot up those kids,â then ran to a nearby apartment. The woman was arrested and taken to the county jail. No guns were found in her possession.
During a traffic stop in the area of 17th Street and Avenue Q in Fort Pierce, a deputy detected the smell of weed. A passenger in the vehicle was found with a large bulge in his right ankle that turned out to be two bags of marijuana. More pot was found in his wallet. He was arrested. A background check on the driver showed his license was suspended and his vehicle unregistered. He, too, was arrested.
A deputy on patrol observed a shirtless man who appeared to be interacting with a bird bath in the 700 block of West Weatherbee Road in Fort Pierce. When the deputy asked the man if he was bathing in the bird bath, the man replied: âWhy are you worrying about what Iâm doing? Iâm an American citizen.â The man refused to identify himself until threatened with arrest, at which time he provided only his first name. When the deputy asked for his last name, the man said, âI donât need to tell you that.â He was arrested. While in the back of the patrol car, the 61-year-old man divulged his last name and date of birth. He was taken to the county jail.
PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE
A man was in bed with his girlfriend at his residence in the 600 block of Southwest Haas Avenue when his wife barged into the room wielding a butter knife. She lunged at the girlfriend and cut her on the arm. When police arrived, the husband told them his wife knew of his âarrangement.â The girlfriend declined medical treatment for her injury. Police arrested the wife and took her to the county jail.
Two women were arrested at a store in the 10100 block of South U.S. 1 after they stole several menâs shirts, hid them in a purse and left without paying for them. The value of the shirts was $116. The women also were found in possession of fake IDs. More merchandise from two other stores was found in a truck belonging to one of the women. No receipts for the items could be located.
FORT PIERCE POLICE
DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED LICENSE
A 43-year-old man riding a dirt bike in the 700 block of South Indian River Drive was stopped by police. A background check showed that his driverâs license was suspended since 2010. He was arrested and taken to the county jail. His dirt bike was turned over to his wife.
A digital scale with marijuana residue, a handgun, magazines, ammunition and $390 were found when police executed a search warrant at a residence in the 2200 block of Avenue M. Police arrested the 58-year-old female resident and took her to the county jail.
Compiled by Eddie Ritz and Sy OâNeill from area law enforcement records.