PO­LICE BLOTTER:

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Owner of missing pineap­ple plants tracks dirt trail to find thief.

WEST PALM BEACH PO­LICE BUR­GLARY

A Bi­ble and $500 were stolen from a ho­tel room in the 1600 block of Belvedere Road. The vic­tim was away from the room when the theft oc­curred. Mul­ti­ple stor­age con­tain­ers and of­fices were bur­glar­ized at a con­struc­tion site in the 1400 block of South Olive Av­enue. Nu­mer­ous tools were taken, in­clud­ing drills and a skill saw. Equip­ment keys and about $5,000 worth of cop­per also were stolen.

AG­GRA­VATED BAT­TERY

An of­fi­cer re­spond­ing to a re­port of an armed dis­tur­bance in the 500 block of 42nd Street en­coun­tered two women hur­ry­ing from the scene. He stopped the pair, then no­ticed blood com­ing from one woman’s thigh. Paramedics were called to the scene and found t wo punc­ture wounds on the woman’s legs. She re­fused trans­port to the hos­pi­tal or help from po­lice. She said she was in a house with sev­eral men, and one man poked her with a knife. She re­fused to iden­tify her as­sailant. Her com­pan­ion would not pro­vide any ad­di­tional information.

HOME BUR­GLARY

A woman in the 3800 block of Miller Av­enue was in her bed­room when she heard a win­dow break. Think­ing the noise was caused by her room­mate, she called out his name. She then went to the door of his bed­room, which opened slightly, then closed. When she tried the han­dle, it was locked. She went out­side the home and found the bro­ken win­dow, then called po­lice. An of­fi­cer spoke to the woman’s room­mate, who said he would check his room when he came home from work. A neigh­bor pro­vided po­lice with a de­scrip­tion of a man she saw run­ning through her yard at the time of the in­ci­dent. A woman had a lock­smith re­move the locks from her ex-boyfriend’s home. She went in­side and trashed his home, de­stroy­ing an iPad, An­droid tablet and Nin­tendo DS. The 21-year-old woman was ar­rested and taken to the county jail. Jew­elry and a lap­top were stolen from a res­i­dence in the 600 block of Executive Cen­ter Drive. The bur­glar broke a front win­dow of the apart­ment.

SHER­IFF’S OF­FICE, LAKE WORTH CRIM­I­NAL MIS­CHIEF

Some­one smashed a win­dow on an SUV in the 1100 block of South Pine Street. Noth­ing was missing from in­side the ve­hi­cle.

THEFT

A lap­top was stolen from a store in the 800 block of Lake Av­enue. The sus­pected thief is a man seen in the vicin­ity of where the lap­top was left. The same man re­cently tried to steal a do­na­tion can­is­ter of money, a deputy was told.

LAN­TANA PO­LICE CRIM­I­NAL MIS­CHIEF

Some­one broke a win­dow in the drive-thru lane at a fast-food res­tau­rant in the 1000 block of South Dixie High­way. Noth­ing in­side the eatery was dis­turbed. Dam­age was es­ti­mated at $200. The store manager was un­able to ac­cess sur­veil­lance video at the time of the re­port.

AG­GRA­VATED AS­SAULT

A mo­torist trav­el­ing in the 1400 block of West Lan- tana Road honked his horn at a black sports car that cut in front of him. This prompted the driver of the sports car to get out of his ve­hi­cle, open the trunk and fetch a base­ball bat. The sports car driver swung the bat at the ve­hi­cle be­hind him, shat­ter­ing its wind­shield and send­ing glass onto the mo­torist and his pas­sen­ger. The pas­sen­ger sus­tained mi­nor cuts on her hand. Dam­age to the ve­hi­cle was es­ti­mated at $1,000. A wit­ness gave po­lice the tag num­ber of the sports car and a de­scrip­tion of its oc­cu­pants. Po­lice tracked the tag to a rental com­pany, which pro­vided the names of the peo­ple who rented the ve­hi­cle. De­scrip­tions of the pair match the de­scrip­tions of the as­sailant and his pas­sen­ger in the in­ci­dent. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

VE­HI­CLE BUR­GLARY

Some­one rum­maged through a ve­hi­cle parked in the 800 block of North Fed­eral High­way. It ap­peared that noth­ing was missing. The com­plainant told po­lice that the ve­hi­cle be­longs to her room­mate, who was out of town.

THEFT

A man parked his bi­cy­cle out­side a fast-food res­tau­rant in the 1000 block of South Dixie High­way, then went in­side to eat. He kept his eye on his bike while din­ing, but when he left the ta­ble to use the re­stroom, some­one stole the bike.

A man’s cell­phone was stolen from his room at a mo­tel in the 1300 block of West Lan­tana Road. He told po­lice he had left the door open when he ex­ited the room. Five pineap­ple plants were stolen from the front of a home in the 100 block of South 11th St reet . The vic­tim fol­lowed the trail of fresh dirt from his yard to the 1200 block of West Ocean Av­enue, where he saw sev­eral freshly planted pineap­ple plants. He re­ported his find­ings to a po­lice of­fi­cer, and showed him re­cent pic­tures of the plants when they were at his house. The of­fi­cer spoke to the West Ocean Av­enue res­i­dent, who could not ac­count for all of the plants on his prop­erty and said they might have been from the other man’s yard. The owner of the stolen plants re­trieved them and agreed not to pur­sue charges in the mat­ter.

VE­HI­CLE BUR­GLARY

A back­pack con­tain­ing debit and credit cards, a driver’s li­cense, a So­cial Se­cu­rity card and $30 was stolen from a ve­hi­cle in the 800 block of Hol­ly­wood Place. The bur­glar smashed a rear win­dow on the ve­hi­cle. Some­one rum­maged through an un­locked ve­hi­cle in the 600 block of South 13th Place and stole an iPod.

SHER­IFF’S OF­FICE, ROYAL PALM BEACH CRIM­I­NAL MIS­CHIEF

Some­one broke a win­dow on a c ar in the 600 block of Chri stina Drive. Noth­ing in­side the ve­hi­cle was dis­turbed. Dam­age was es­ti­mated at $200.

COUN­TER­FEIT MONEY

A woman paid for ice cream with a $100 bill at a store in the 1100 block of Royal Palm Beach Boule­vard. Af­ter re­ceiv­ing her change, she lin­gered in the store, mak­ing small talk with an em­ployee. She asked an em­ployee to break an­other $100 bill, and the em­ployee com­plied. Later it was dis­cov­ered both bills were bo­gus and marked with “for mo­tion pic­ture use only.”

THEFT

A woman in the 300 block of Que­bec Court re­ported the theft of a lock box from a closet at the res­i­dence. She said the box, which weighed about 150 pounds, would re­quire two peo­ple to carry it. She said it con­tained clothes and pa­per­work. Her son be­lieves fam­ily mem­bers took the box, but has no proof. There were no signs of forced en­try to the res­i­dence.

SHER­IFF’S OF­FICE, WELLING­TON SUS­PI­CIOUS IN­CI­DENT

A woman in the 4600 block of Mariners Cove Drive re­ceived a strange pack­age in the mail. In­side were sev­eral cans of cat food in bub­ble wrap. The cans ap­peared to be empty. Con­cerned, the woman placed the box out­side her door and no­ti­fied author­i­ties, think­ing the bomb squad might want to in­ves­ti­gate. A deputy spoke to a postal in­spec­tor and ex­plained the mat­ter. The in­spec­tor suggested the woman throw the box in the trash if there were no ap­par­ent safety is­sues. He said he would look into the mat­ter and contact the woman later that day. Upon hear­ing the in­spec­tor’s com­ments, the woman be­came up­set and claimed the deputy was not show­ing con­cern for her. She asked the deputy to open the cat food cans, but he de­clined. By now irate, the woman de­manded a su­per­vi­sor come to the scene. A sergeant from the Sher­iff ’s Of­fice was called to the ad­dress. Mean­while, the postal in­spec­tor called to ad­vise that he had spo­ken to the sender of the pack­age, whose com­pany spe­cial­izes in se­cret stor­age con­tain­ers that ap­pear to be reg­u­lar house­hold items. The busi­ness­man said some­one at the ad­dress had or­dered his prod­ucts on­line.

CRIM­I­NAL MIS­CHIEF

Two teens were seen driv­ing a black golf cart reck­lessly at a course in the 400 block of Binks For­est Drive, dam­ag­ing the grass at Hole 3. The pre­vi­ous day, dam­age was found at Holes 5 and 6. It is be­lieved the youths live in the neigh­bor­hood.

THEFT

A woman re­ported the theft of her Gucci scarf while she was be­ing treated at a fa­cil­ity in the 10100 block of For­est Hill Boule­vard.

Some­one pried open a grease trap in the park­ing lot of a res­tau­rant in the 10800 block of For­est Hill Boule­vard and took the grease. The grease trap was dam­aged.

A woman was at a store where her boyfriend works in the 11100 block of South Crown Way. She left her wal­let unat­tended on the counter by the reg­is­ter while she helped her boyfriend, who owns a re­mod­el­ing com­pany. She and her boyfriend at­tempted to contact him, but he did not answer his phone.

SHER­IFF’S OF­FICE, LOXAHATCHEE/ ACREAGE THEFT

The front bumper was re­moved from a truck parked in the 2300 block of D Road.

SUS­PI­CIOUS IN­CI­DENT

A teen was sit­ting in the liv­ing room of his home in the 15700 block of 75th Lane North when an un­known man walked into the house through the un­locked slid­ing glass door. The teen said the man, de­scribed as tall, skinny and wear­ing a red hat, said he found the teen’s dog and was re­turn­ing it. There was no dog with him. The man ran off. The teen’s father went to a neigh­bor’s house to ask if they had seen any­thing. The neigh­bors said the in­truder was their son. The teen’s father said he only wanted the in­ci­dent to be doc­u­mented.

VE­HI­CLE BUR­GLARY

A man in the 12800 block of 67th Street North re­ported the theft of his Glock 9mm hand­gun with loaded 15-round mag­a­zine from his pickup.

SHER­IFF’S OF­FICE, GREENACRES THEFT

A woman in the 6100 block of Fair­field Cir­cle was awak­ened by her room­mate, who was de­mand­ing money for gas. She de­nied her re­quest and went back to sleep. Later that day she no­ticed her shorts had been moved and money was missing from the pocket. Also, a pack of cig­a­rettes was taken from her purse. She and a deputy tried con­tact­ing the room­mate, to no avail.

A li­cense plate was taken from a ve­hi­cle in the 3600 block of Mil Lake Cir­cle. A sim­i­lar in­ci­dent was re­ported in the 4700 block of Glad­i­a­tor Cir­cle.

Two males were given one-year tres­pass warn­ings from a store in the 6500 block of Lake Worth Road af­ter they were caught steal­ing candy and drinks.

A tres­pass warn­ing was given to a for­mer em­ployee of a res­tau­rant in the 6100 block of Lake Worth Road.

A regis­tra­tion de­cal was re­moved from a li­cense plate on a ve­hi­cle in the 2200 block of White Pine Cir­cle.

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