West Palm Beach Police
Drug possession/sale: Standing at the corner of Spruce Avenue and 17th Street, two men were having a discussion. As their talks continued one man pulled some money out of his pocket while the other removed a small white container from one of his pants pockets. As their transaction was being finalized, one of the men looked up and realized they were being watched by three police officers. Though the men immediately began walking north as if nothing had happened, they were quickly detained by police. The man’s container contained multiple pieces of crack cocaine and that man, the dealer, had nearly $4,000 in cash on his person. He was arrested for selling drugs. In addition, he managed to do it right in front of a church thereby earning himself a bonus charge of selling within 1,000 feet of a house of worship. An amazing two-for-one of self destruction. He was taken to jail.
Battery: Working online while sitting on the front porch outside her residence in the 800 block of West Lakewood Road, a woman said she kept feeling like she was being sprayed with something. She finally realized her neighbor, with whom she shares the porch, was spraying her. Asking her neighbor to stop, she was cursed at and had more water splashed at her. Frustrated, the woman returned fire and threw a container of iced tea at her tormentor. The splashing, cursing, malicious neighbor responded by lunging at the woman with a broom and striking her several times. Escaping her neighbor she called the police. When officers arrived the woman had an ice pack on her face and a swollen black and blue eye. Though the neighbor claimed she was the one who was attacked, the woman’s surveillance video showed the true story. The neighbor was arrested and released with a notice to appear.
DUI: Driving east on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, a motorist struck a vehicle that was stopped at North Robbins Drive. The force of the collision sent it crashing into the car in front of it. Rather than stop, possibly apologize, maybe wait for the police or just see if everyone was OK, the motorist drove away. He drove over the median, along a service road and into the parking lot of a business in the 2000 block of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. From there he attempted to enter the business, but was stopped by two witnesses. With antsy behavior and fast, erratic speech he explained to police that he was never heading east and was not in an accident despite what witnesses said and the damage to his truck. He agreed to take part in a roadside sobriety test. During one portion, where he was asked to recite the alphabet, he did it in a child-like, singing manner and at the end ad libbed with “Now I know my ABCs next time won’t the police believe me.” He was arrested for DUI. Though his breath showed no presence of alcohol, he refused to provide a urine sample to test for other substances.
Shoplifting: Entering a store in the 4600 block of Broadway Avenue, a woman set her sights on the ‘household’ items aisle and went to work. She selected four containers of laundry detergent and placed them into a bag she’d brought with her. She skipped all points of sale and walked out. She was quickly intercepted by police. She was arrested for retail theft and the over $25 worth of merchandise was recovered.
Burglary: Hearing a noise in the backyard of his residence in the 200 block of Cortez Road, a man went to investigate. When he looked he saw a man running across his yard carrying two plants. Though the man made it to the gate with plants in hand, he dropped them as he got to the gate and jumped over. He was last seen running west towards Olive Avenue. The victim said he recognized the man as someone who he has known for many months. He said they never had an official relationship, but had had “relations” in the past. He said the perpetrator has been harassing him via email as well as repeatedly stealing plants from his backyard. Those incidents had been documented by police. There was no video surveillance available.
Shoplifting: Selecting 10 packages of razors and 20 bottles of deodorant at a store in the 2000 block of 45th Street, a woman walked out without paying. Cheerful and pleasant, the perpetrator told the manager to have a nice day and smiled as she walked out. The merchandise was worth just under $20.
Speeding/drug possession w/intent to sell: Exceeding the speed limit by nearly 25 mph in the 3000 block of North Congress Avenue, a motorist was pulled over … eventually. Though the police were in pursuit with emergency lights flashing, the speeding driver was not stopping and could be seen slowing down and speeding up while simultaneously opening and closing his door. Police could see him throwing things out of the vehicle when the door was open. He eventually stopped in the 1500 block of North Congress Avenue. Police were able to recover the drugs he’d thrown out, which included several plastic baggies containing crack cocaine and fentanyl capsules. He denied that the drugs were his. He was arrested for drug possession and trafficking. He also received citations for speeding, careless driving and not wearing a seatbelt. He was taken to jail.
Grand Theft Auto: Arriving home and parking his truck in front of his residence at approximately 12:30 a.m., a man checked on the vehicle approximately two hours later and it was gone. Though he was sure the truck was missing, he was unsure whether he’d locked the vehicle and also unsure if the spare key was inside the cab. There were no surveillance cameras in the area. The vehicle was entered in the national database as stolen. There are no suspects at this time.
Battery: A man claims he was punched in the chest in the 400 block of South Third Street after he towed his assailant’s truck. He said the man was supposed to sign a dispute form and instead assaulted him. The purported attacker, however, said no assault took place. The supposed victim had no marks or bruises on his body and later signed a non-prosecution agreement. He did ask the officer to tell the man not to go around punching people.
Vehicle burglary: After unloading her cart and placing the merchandise she’d bought at a store in the 1800 block of West Lantana Road in her car, a woman pushed the cart to the return area. As she finished and began walking back to her vehicle she saw a man reach in through her driver’s side window and steal her purse. The perpetrator then raced away in his car. The purse and its contents were worth $250. Though there were no security cameras in that area of the parking lot, the woman was able to provide police with a detailed description of the thief and his vehicle.
Assault: After moving some branches that were cut down by his neighbor and placed in a way that overlapped into the swale of his residence in the 1400 block of West Jennings Street, a man said he was threatened by the neighbor. The man admitted moving the branches into the neighbor’s driveway. He claimed the neighbor was wearing a yellow shirt and brandishing a rake while yelling about his driveway being blocked. Rake-brandishing man admitted yelling at the neighbor, but said he did not threaten him. The actual owner of the house arrived on scene a bit later and said she would just move the branches to the other side of the swale to avoid conflict. The man who said he’d been threatened later said the man who did the threatening was wearing a blue, not yellow shirt. All parties were told to ignore each other.
Compiled by Eddie Ritz from law enforcement records.