Everything but kitchen sink: Man admits to dumping appliances at park.
PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE THEFT
An employee at a store in the 3100 block of PGA Boulevard noticed a customer acting strangely and brought it to the attention of her manager. The manager approached the customer and asked if she needed any help and was told no. She told police that the woman was carrying a large shopping bag from another store and that while she was inside the store the bag appeared to be getting more full. She said that after the woman left she reviewed the store’s surveillance video and could see her t aking merchandise out of the packaging and placing it into the bag. From the empt y packaging, the manager said the woman stole nearly $700 in merchandise.
The security staff at a shopping complex in the 3100 block of PGA Boulevard spotted a man who had been issued a trespass warning several weeks early. A police officer was alerted and approached the man outside but still on the complex’s property. The man provided identification and after a quick records check was arrested on a trespassing charge. He was released with a notice to appear.
A vehicle without a functioning license plate light and a license plate frame that partially covered the tag was pulled over near Military Trail and Garden Oaks Drive. Both the driver and passenger were asked to provide identification. AK -9 officer was brought to the location and after walking the exterior of the car, the dog alerted that there was probable cause to search the vehicle. The search revealed marijuana in a pink backpack belonging to the passenger. She was arrested on a drug possession charge and released with a notice to appear. The driver was issued a citation for the license plate light.
JUPITER POLICE DRUGS
A vehicle with a tinted cover over the license plate that made it unreadable was stopped on South Alternate A1A near Toney Penna Drive. The driver appeared very nervous and informed the officer that he had a gun in his waistband. The officer had the man step out of the vehicle with his hands up and then removed and secured the firearm. A search of the vehicle revealed a blue straw with white powdery residue on it. Another blue straw with white powder was found in the man’s wallet. When confronted, the man admitted to being a cocaine user but said he had not had any in a week. A baggie full of cocaine and another with heroin were later found under the gear shifter housing. The man was arrested and later taken to jail.
A woman presented her identification to the staff minding the door at an establishment in the 1100 block of Love Street. The employees immediately recognized the woman from a past incident when she caused a disturbance inside. They also knew that because of her actions during the last fracas she had been issued an indefinite trespass warning for the business. She was denied entry and the police were summoned. When police arrived the woman was arrested on a trespassing charge and released with a notice to appear.
After being spotted at a park in the 1300 block of Jupiter Beach Road, a man who police recognized as having an active trespass warning was approached. An officer asked the man why he was there and the man claimed that he had gone through all the proper proceedings and thought he was allowed to be at the park. A quick records check showed the man had an active trespass warning as well as an outstanding warrant on another trespassing charge. He was arrested and later turned over to the Palm Beach County Sheriff ’s Office.
After approaching the counter of a coffee shop in the 5500 block of Military Trail, a man noticed that a credit card had been left in the card reader. The man pointed the card out to an employee. Moments later another man walked up and struck him the chest saying “You trying to steal my card ?” The assailant then completed his transaction and, just before leaving, punched his fist into his open palm to further intimidate the man. The victim contacted police. He said the blow to his chest hurt, but that he did not require medical attention. He stated he would like to press charges. The officer requested video from inside the store and told him he would further investigate the incident.
NORTH PALM BEACH POLICE DOMESTIC BATTERY
While staying at an inn in the 1000 block of U.S. 1, a man suggested to his girlfriend that they have intercourse. The woman, who was six months pregnant, declined. Upon being denied, the man flflew into a rage, grabbed the woman around the throat, accused her of cheating on him and threw her onto one of the beds. The woman said she grabbed a broomstick and used it to fend offff her boyfriend. The man admitted to throwing her onto a bed and was arrested.
MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DRUGS
Marijuana was found in a vehicle during a traffiffic stop on Northeast Ocean Boulevard in Stuart. The passenger, who claimed ownership, was given a notice to appear in court and released.
Kitchen appliances were dumped at a park in the 2100 block of Southwest Locks Road. A witness re por te d t hat t he i te ms, which included a stove and microwave, were dumped by a man in a gray Toyota Tundra. The witness provided a tag number for the vehicle and a description of the driver. A deputy observed the suspect in his truck in the area and stopped him. The man admitted dumping the items, explaining that he thought it was allowed. He returned to the park and retrieved the appliances. The deputy advised him to put it outside his residence for trash pickup. The man was given a criminal citation and a notice to appear in court.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DRUGS
After a vehicle nearly struck his patrol car in on Juanita Avenue in Fort Pierce, a deputy initiated a traffiffic stop. The driver had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and boozy breath. She denied drinking any alco--
holic beverages and, when searching for her driver’s license in the glove compartment, took a few gulps of coffee from a nearby cup. The woman was argumentative and refused the deputy’s command to exit the vehicle. After she was removed from the vehicle by the deputy, she demanded to speak to her lawyer. A search of her vehicle turned up cocaine on the floorboard. She was arrested and taken to the county jail, where she continued to be uncooperative.
A deputy on patrol spotted a man and woman in some palmetto bushes on the side of Turnpike Feeder Road in Fort Pierce. The man told the deputy he was trying to call 911 because he saw some people picking palmetto berries, and he knew it was illegal. Near the couple were seven sacks of palmetto berries, a pair of clippers and two handbags. The man said that one of the handbags belonged to the woman, but she denied owning it. The woman provided the deputy with a fake name before giving her real name. In one of the handbags, the deput y found drug paraphernalia, including three crack pipes and a spoon with cocaine residue on it. The woman was arrested.
PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE VEHICLE BURGLARY
A wallet with $340 in it was taken from a vehicle in the driveway of a home in the 800 block of Southwest Trouveille Avenue.
A laptop computer was stolen from a vehicle in the 1500 block of Southeast Royal Green Circle.
A woman’s wallet and cellphone were stolen while she was in a store in the 1800 block of Southwest Gatlin Boulevard.
As a loss prevention employee watched, a man at a store in the 1600 block of Northwest St. Lucie West Boulevard loaded a 50-inch TV valued at $452 into a shopping card. Them an was detained as he left without paying for the TV. Also found in his shopping cart was a stolen coffee maker valued at $24. The man told a police officer that he had no explanation for stealing the items, as he had enough money to pay for them. He was arrested on grand theft charges and taken to the county jail.
An officer responded to a report of a motorist passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in the 500 block of Northwest Azalea Avenue. The window was open, so the officer was able to reach in and wake up the driver. His speech was slurred and his eyes, bloodshot. He smelled of alcohol and urine, and his shorts were wet. He refused to submit to a field sobriety test, instead telling the officer, “Just take me to jail.” A background check showed he had two previous DUI convictions. He was arrested and, after being medically cleared, taken to the county jail.
FORT PIERCE POLICE DRUGS
During a traffic stop in the area of Orange Avenue and North 25th Street, an officer detected the smell of pot in a vehicle. When asked if there was marijuana in the vehicle, the driver said he did not know. Police searched the vehicle and found a bag of cocaine and a bag of pot. They arrested the driver and took him to the county jail.
A motorist was arrested during a traffic stop in the 2200 block of Sunrise Boulevard after being found in possession of pot and drug paraphernalia.
A 29- year-old Utah woman was found passed out on the sidewalk in the 2000 block of Seaway Drive. Police determined she was extremely intoxicated, and Fire Rescue transported her to an area hospit al. During the ride, the woman was combative toward the paramedics. Her bad behavior continued at the hospital, where she used profanity and racial slurs toward the staff. The woman was arrested and, once medically cleared, taken to the county jail.
A license plate was removed from a vehicle in the 7000 block of Okeechobee Road.
Someone stole a lawn mower in the 1500 block of Yosemite Court.
A purse was reported missing from the 2400 block of Avenue M.
Bicycles were stolen from a park in the 400 block of Hayes Road.
A woman told police that her cellphone was lost or stolen at a store in the 1800 block of North U.S. 1.
A purse was stolen from a room in a facility in the 1700 block of South 23rd Street. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF Two tires were slashed on a vehicle parked in the 500 block of North 12 th Street.