Palm Beach Gardens Police
Battery: Upset that his co-worker refused to take out the trash, a dishwasher at a restaurant in the 3100 block of PGA Boulevard punched him in the nose two times. Fire rescue workers later determined the man’s nose had been broken. After arresting the dishwasher, police went through his belongings and found a small bag containing a white powder. The powder tested positive for cocaine. The man was charged with battery and drug possession.
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Theft: After being investigated regarding a possible battery incident at a business in the 3900 block of Northlake Boulevard, a man was released by police. The man informed the officers that he was going to walk to a nearby restaurant and wait for his brother to pick him up. Still outside the business, one of the officers that had responded watched the man walk back inside. The officer watched him as he selected several items and placed them in his pockets. The man made no attempt to pay for the items and walked out. The officer immediately stopped him and found a package of candy and can of soda hidden on his person. The man told the officer he was hungry and had no money and that he intended to leave a little extra money the next time he stopped by. The man was arrested and later taken to the county jail.
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Vehicle burglary: A woman’s car was illegally entered while parked outside a residence in the 3700 block of Daphne Avenue. The woman said though the vehicle had been rummaged through, the perpetrator did not take the $200 she had left in the center console.
Theft: Entering a store in the 2100 block of West Indiantown Road, a man proceeded to the electronics section. Once there, he selected a Bluetooth-capable speaker. He then made his way to the garden center and eventually through the exit without paying for the speaker. The speaker was worth $80. The incident was captured by surveillance cameras. The store’s loss prevention associate recognized the man and believed he had been involved in multiple thefts.
Battery: After being denied any more alcohol at an establishment in the 300 block of South U.S. 1, an intoxicated woman shoved a Styrofoam cup filled with water and ice into the face of a bartender. Though she fled the area on foot, she was quickly intercepted by police a short distance away and asked for her identification. The woman informed the officer that she did not need to provide it. The officer informed her that she did. The woman then became belligerent and was placed in handcuffs. She was later arrested and charged for her stunt with the Styrofoam cup. While being treated at Jupiter Medical Center she spit water on a nurse. The charges against her were increased to include battery on a health care provider. She was taken to the county jail.
Battery: An intoxicated woman was asked to leave a restaurant in the 1200 block of Town Center Drive. She refused and was asked again. Again she declined their request. When police arrived they explained to her that she was no longer welcome and she needed to leave. She quickly became uncooperative and began shouting obscenities. Though several attempts were made to calm her down, she was eventually arrested. After being placed in handcuffs she spit in an officer’s face. She was then secured in the back of a patrol car for transport to the police station for processing. While en-route she began kicking the back window with such force she nearly broke it out. Later, in a holding cell at the station, she removed her pants and urinated on the floor.
North Palm Beach Police
Theft: After attempting to buy beer at a store on Northlake Boulevard, a man was told he needed to show his identification. He said he had left it in his car and would be right back. The man returned moments later with an accomplice. Together they selected two 12-packs and two 18-packs of beer. They then exited without paying, or showing any identification. The two individuals got into a waiting SUV that was being driven by a third person. They piled in and off they went. The store manager was able to get the license plate number as well as the make and model of the vehicle.
Loitering/prowling: Monitoring his home security system, a man said an unknown individual attempted to open the front door of his residence on Eastwind Drive. After failing to open the locked door, video footage showed the man heading towards U.S. 1. Police later stopped an individual matching the description of the man who tried to open the door. Despite matching the video footage and still photos, the man continued to deny that he was the perpetrator. Relying on science and photographic proof, the man’s cries of innocence were ignored and he was arrested. He was taken to the county jail.
Martin County Sheriff’s Office
Theft: A man stole a pair of $270 Versace eyeglass frames from a store in the 3300 block of Northwest Federal Highway in Jensen Beach. The store manager showed a deputy the surveillance video that captured the incident. The manager said that the same frames were being offered for sale on a social media site. The manager provided the deputy with the name and address of the man selling the frames. The deputy went to the address and spoke to the man, who was the same individual shown stealing the frames in the surveillance video. The man admitted stealing the frames. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.
Theft: Five juveniles entered a store in the 3200 block of Northwest Federal Highway in Jensen Beach. One of the females went into a dressing room with four items, along with her purse and a shopping bag. According to the store manager, the girl’s friends kept tossing items to her over the fitting room door. When she emerged, the manager could see a store tag on an item in her purse. He confronted her, and the juvenile let him search her purse. The manager found multiple pieces of store merchandise in the purse. The girl fled, leaving behind $266.44 worth of items. Her friends were given trespass warnings from the premises. The accused shoplifter was later caught, given a notice to appear in court and a trespass warning from the mall.
Disorderly intoxication: A man who caused a disturbance at an eatery in the 5900 block of Southeast Federal Highway in Stuart was found in a nearby parking lot by deputies. Although one deputy was about 3 feet from the shirtless man, he could smell his boozy breath. The man refused to stop for the deputies, spewing profanities in response to their commands. He was eventually taken into custody. In the patrol car, the man kicked the window and banged his head on the cage divider. He also threatened harm to the deputy’s family. After getting medical clearance at an area hospital, the man was taken to the county jail
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office
Disorderly intoxication: An intoxicated 58-year-old man drove his golf cart to the community clubhouse on Silver Oak Drive in Port St. Lucie and caused a disturbance. He refused to leave when ordered to by the community director, who said he was banned from the clubhouse. The intoxicated man became belligerent and charged at the director, but he was stopped by another employee. The man got into his golf cart and left the scene. A deputy arrested the man at his home.
Harvesting protected plant: Two men were arrested in the 30500 block of Bluefield Ranch Road in Port St. Lucie after they were found picking palmetto berries. About 100 pounds of berries were confiscated from the pair, who also damaged a barbed wire fence on the county preserve. Both men were taken to the county jail.
Drugs: Detectives served a search warrant to an apartment in the 300 block of North 13th Street in Fort Pierce. They detained a homeless woman at the scene and found she had a crack pipe tucked into her bra. A man caught leaving the residence was found in possession of four rocks of crack in his pocket and two more in his right sock. Another man had three crack pipes in his backpack. The pipes tested positive for cocaine. A third man was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Detectives found a bag with five bullets inside a clock in the residence, along with Xanax and 10 rocks of crack cocaine. All four were arrested.
Fort Pierce Police
Drugs: A shirtless man was told to leave a restaurant in the 4800 block of Okeechobee Road. He refused, and police were summoned. The shirtless man again refused to go, though police asked him several times. When an officer tried to escort the 27-year-old man out of the eatery, he pulled away, then put his finger in the officer's face. The man was taken into custody and searched. he was found with six pills that were found to be a controlled substance. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.
Disorderly intoxication: A 40-year-old man became agitated when police approached him and his buddies enjoying alcoholic beverages in the 500 block of North 13th Street. Challenging officers’ right to question him and his companions, the man began to yell, disrupting the citizenry and causing a group of bystanders to gather. As his behavior became more verbally aggressive, police handcuffed him. The man, who had bloodshot eyes and boozy breath, continued his bravado, threatening to sue the city in hopes of a big “pay day.” He was arrested and taken to the county jail, where a fingerprint scanner was employed to identify him.
Domestic battery: Police went to a residence in the 100 block of North 15th Street where a man said he had been hit in the head by a blunt object thrown at him by his 55-year-old girlfriend. He said she was angry because another woman had called his phone. Police spoke to the girlfriend, who gave several versions of the incident to them, denying she struck her boyfriend and claiming he tried to choke her. The woman had no visible marks or bruises, whereas her boyfriend had a bleeding wound on the side of his head. A witness corroborated the man’s version of events, and the woman was arrested. She was charged with battery on a person 65 years old or older.
Theft: A man and a woman were observed shoplifting in a store in the 2500 block of South Jenkins Road. The pair took products out of boxes, hid the items on their persons, then placed the empty boxes back on the shelves. The couple left the store without paying for the concealed merchandise and drove off in a gray pickup. The incident was captured on video, which the store manager shared with police. An employee at the store said she recognized the woman from a story on television news. The identity of the shoplifters was determined, and they were arrested and taken to the county jail.
Compiled by Eddie Ritz and Sy O’Neill from area law enforcement records.