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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.