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Two men attempt to rob victim of cell phone

Boca Raton, FL – On Sunday, July 27, at about 11:40 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of an attempted robbery that occurred in the area of 2000 North Federal Highway.

Arriving officers met with the victim, who said he was riding north on his bicycle on the west sidewalk near 1400 North Federal Highway, when he entered the Bank United parking lot in an effort to avoid the sprinklers. Once in the parking lot, he was approached by two suspects, one of whom asked to use his cell phone. When he told them no, they began to chase him. The victim jumped off his bike and entered the grass median at about 2000 North Federal Highway in an effort to elude the suspects. One suspect tried to grab the victim’s phone then punched him in the face as they struggled. The suspects ran off towards the rear of the Boca Inn, without the phone.

The victim sustained minor injuries, but refused medical treatment. If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Tim Kurdys at (561) 338-1377 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Suspects:

#1 Black male, 18 to 20 years old   #2 Black male, 18-20 yrs old
Appx. 5’8” tall, thin build               Thin build, short black hair
Shoulder length dread locks          Wearing black t-shirt & jeans
Wearing a red t-shirt, jean shorts

Man falsely reports bomb
Thought inappropriate comment was funny

Boca Raton, FL – On Sunday, July 27, at about 10:30 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers received a report that a subject had just made a bomb threat at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real.

Officers who were working a security detail at the John Legend concert were told by a private security guard that a male, later identified as Matthew Klotz made a bomb threat. The security guard said Klotz asked him which bus Legend was on and when the guard said he didn’t know, Klotz replied, “That’s okay, I put a bomb on all the buses.”

Officers spoke with Klotz who said he told the security guard that he put bombs under the tour buses because he thought it was funny. He told officers he realized it was a serious matter, but at the time, he thought it was a joke and the security guard would also find it funny.

As a result of Klotz’s statements, approximately 100 employees from Boca Raton Facilities, Live Nation, and various stage crew and vendors were disrupted from performing their duties for about an hour as the Boca Raton Bomb Squad conducted their search of the area. Officers charged Klotz with false report of a bomb/explosive and disorderly conduct.


Arrested:

 

Matthew Klotz
DOB 09/25/1991
Boca Raton, FL

 

 

Driver arrested in fatal bicyclist crash

 

Boca Raton, FL – On Sunday, April 6 at 10:04 a.m., officers of the Boca Raton Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit responded to a crash, which occurred in the 600 block of West Yamato Road between a Ford F-150 pickup and a bicyclist.

 

The investigation revealed that the operator of the Ford F-150 pickup, Bianca Fichtel, drifted from the lane of travel while driving west on Yamato Road and hit bicyclist George Morreale, who was in the designated bike lane. 

 

According to witnesses, after hitting Morreale, Fichtel continued driving west on Yamato, turning north on Congress before making a U-turn and heading back to the scene of the crash.  Blood tests revealed that Fichtel had various different drugs in her system at the time of the crash.

 

Traffic Homicide Investigators have charged Bianca Fichtel with DUI Manslaughter and Failure to Drive in a Single Lane.  Fichtel turned herself into the Boca Raton Police Services Department at 8:00 pm on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Arrested: 

 

Bianca Fichtel

DOB: 11/16/89

Boca Raton, FL

No injuries

 

Bicyclist:          

George Morreale

66 years old

Boca Raton, FL

Fatal Injuries

 

Man killed in motorcycle crash

Boca Raton, FL – On Monday, July 21 at 7:48 p.m., officers of the Boca Raton Police Services Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit responded to a fatality crash which occurred in the 21000 block of St. Andrews Boulevard.

A silver 2008 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling south on St. Andrews Boulevard when a silver 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee entered St. Andrews Boulevard from Town Place Club Villas. The Yamaha motorcycle impacted the driver side rear of the Jeep.

The operator of the Yamaha was transported to the Delray Medical Center where he died at 10:26 p.m. The occupants of the Jeep were not injured.

If anyone has information regarding the crash, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Mike Daly at (561) 620-6081.

2006 Jeep

Driver: Robin Nicole Lynch
20 years old
Lexington, KY
Injury: None

Passenger: David Young
53 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Injury: None

2008 Yamaha

Operator: Raphael Caixeta
23 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Injury: Fatal

Man charged with animal cruelty after shooting dog

Boca Raton, FL – On May 7, 2014 Boca Raton Police Officers responded to an animal complaint at 901 NE 2nd Terrance. Officers met with Patrick Barry who lives next door. Barry told officers he was walking his American Bulldog when his neighbor’s pit bull, Alize, charged them. Barry told officers he was in fear so he pulled out the .38 revolver he was carrying and shot the dog. Barry has a valid Carrying Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit. The owner of the pit bull, Jennifer Burga, was in the house and did not see what happened.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control (PBACC) officers responded and spoke with Barry and Burga. PBACC examined Alize and saw she was shot on the underside of the tail near the dog’s body. Burga brought Alize to a veterinarian for treatment.

Boca Raton Police detectives made contact with several witnesses who saw Barry walk alone from his home to Burga’s home and shoot Alize as she was lying down in Burga’s yard. Both witnesses said Barry did not have his dog with him and Alize never made any aggressive movements towards him. Neither saw a gun, but heard the gunshot.

Detectives contacted the veterinarian who treated Alize. The vet said Alize was shot on the underside of the tail, and she believed the dog was shot while it was lying down or walking away. Detectives spoke with Barry on the phone but he refused to meet in person.

Based on the findings of the investigation, detectives charged Barry with felony cruelty to animals, filing a false report of a crime, and discharging a firearm in public. Barry was arrested on July 8 without incident.

Arrested:

 

Patrick J. Barry
DOB 04/02/1969
Boca Raton, FL

 

 

Purse snatcher arrested after chase
Quick thinking witness snaps a pic

Boca Raton, FL – On Thursday, June 27 at about 7:30 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a robbery that occurred at K-Mart, 1401 West Palmetto Park Road. The victim told officers she was walking to her car and was just about to open the car door when she felt a tug on her purse. She turned her head and saw a male trying to pull her purse away from her. After a brief struggle, the suspect pushed the victim to the ground and ran off with her purse. The victim was treated for bruises and scratches at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

A witness who heard the victim yelling for help saw the suspect run to and get in a black Monte Carlo. The witness took a picture of the car and showed it to officers. A description of the suspect and car were given to other officers. A short time later, an officer and a sergeant saw the car heading north on I-95. Officers attempted to stop the driver of the car, but he continued to head north. After a brief chase the suspect crashed the car as he attempted to exit onto Linton Boulevard. With the assistance of Delray Beach Police, the suspect, identified as Keith Robinson, was arrested.

Detectives spoke with Robinson who said he stopped to get gas on Congress and was never near the K-Mart. Robinson said he fled from police because he had illegal drugs (two pills) in the car, which he consumed before arrest. The victim identified Robinson as the person who took her purse. Subsequent to the arrest the victim’s credit car was found in Robinson’s pocket.

Detectives charged Robinson with robbery and fleeing and eluding.

Arrested:

 

Keith T. Robinson
DOB 06/01/1986
Lantana, FL

 

 

New and old techniques crack burglary cases

Boca Raton, FL – A rash of burglaries to work vans throughout Boca Raton came to an end with the arrest of the culprit.  Since the beginning of May more than a half dozen vans from various businesses were broken into, with thousands of dollars of tools stolen.  In some of the burglaries, video surveillance showed an older model red minivan leaving the scene.

During the investigation, Boca Raton detectives learned of a similar burglary to a work van in Delray Beach, where their investigators identified Larry Burdgick II from a fingerprint left at the scene of their crime. Burdgick also drives a red minivan.  Having difficulty locating Burdgick, Boca Raton detectives turned to social media and identified Chante Maglia, who lives in Miami, as a girlfriend of Burdgick. When investigators went to Maglia’s address, they found Burdgick who admitted to the burglaries.

While being interviewed Burdgick agreed to show detectives all the places in Boca Raton where he broke into the vans.  He said he stole the power tools and immediately sold them on the street in Miami to support his crack cocaine habit.

Burdgick was charged with seven counts of Burglary and six counts of Grand Theft.

 

Arrested:

 Larry Burdgick, II

 DOB: 4/21/69

 Boca Raton, FL

 

Prevent Pool Drownings, Video provides safety tips

Swimming Pool Safety Video

Every year we hear about children who have drowned in a pools and this year is no exception.  With school ending, the sight of a refreshing pool is an invitation for small children.  Unfortunately, without proper safety measures in place it can also lead to tragedy.  Watch the following video and take the steps necessary to secure your pool.

 

Boca Raton Police urge everyone to remove valuables from cars

Boca Raton, FL – Memorial Day weekend traditionally means more people than usual will be visiting the local beaches, parks and cemeteries as the unofficial start to the summer season begins.  Unfortunately these activities also bring out criminals looking for a quick grab. 

Many of the auto burglaries reported in the city involve cars that were left unlocked. Wallets, smart phones, computers, purses and even firearms are often left in plain view.  Many think that putting items on the floorboard of their cars or in the center consoles is safe, but burglars will watch people trying to hide items and wait for the victims to leave before breaking in.

In particular if you are visiting local cemeteries this Memorial Day weekend, make sure to Remove it, Lock it or Lose it.

Let’s make this holiday weekend a safe one!

 

Boca Raton Police arrest two in stolen car spree

Boca Raton, FL – Detectives from the Boca Raton Police Services Department arrested two men for Grand Theft after a night of stealing cars, one of which they crashed.  It started in the early morning hours of May 10, 2014.  Boca Raton Police and Fire responded to Verde Trail South to investigate a report that a car crashed into a transformer.  The occupants of the crashed Infinity fled from the area before police arrived and the car was listed as stolen.

Later that morning officers, took reports of two additional stolen cars from the city, a 2004 Nissan Maxima and a 2014 BMW.   Miami Beach Police spotted the BMW on Collins Avenue with the driver still inside.  The driver, Brandon Bayer, was arrested.  Bayer admitted to police that he stole the car and also said he and a friend stole the Nissan Maxima from the City of Boca Raton as well.  He identified his friend as Robert Lovin.  Investigators went to Lovin’s listed address, his mother’s house, and spoke with his mother briefly and left. 

A short time later, investigators received a call from PBSO deputies that the stolen Maxima was located in front the mother’s house.  When questioned, Lovin initially told detectives the car was borrowed from his boss, but later admitted his friend Bayer stole the car.  After repeated questioning, Lovin admitted Bayer and he stole all three vehicles.  He said they bought crack and smoked it in the Infinity before crashing it into the transformer.

Lovin was charged with two counts of Grand Theft Auto. Bayer, remains in custody in Miami-Dade on a probation violation.

Arrested:

   

Robert Lovin                 Brandon Bayer

DOB: 3/21/89               DOB: 4/7/95

Boca Raton, FL            Boca Raton, FL

 

Burglars busted

 

Boca Raton, FL – On Friday, May 2 at shortly after 9:00 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a suspicious incident at 799 SW 12th Avenue.

 

The caller, a neighbor, reported seeing a black vehicle drop off a male at this location.  As the suspect walked to the rear of the home through a gate, the vehicle left the area.  Officers checked the home and found that a rear slider was open.  As officers waited for the K-9 team to respond, the suspect opened the front door and saw an officer then retreated into the home.  The suspect, identified as Roderick Kendricks, then left the home through the open rear slider and was taken into custody.  When officers checked the home they discovered the rear slider was pried open.

 

The caller identified Kendricks as the male he saw enter the backyard.  When officers searched Kendricks, they found a Canon camera and several blank checks in his pocket, both belonging to the homeowner.  Kendricks told officers how he committed the crime.

 

Officers checking the area for the suspect’s car located it at 600 West Camino Real.  The driver of the vehicle, Vincent Johnson, had a suspended driver’s license and was identified by the witness as the driver of the suspect car, which the witness also identified.  Officers arrested Johnson.

 

Officers charged Kendricks and Johnson with burglary, grand theft, and criminal mischief.

 

Arrested:         

        

RoderickKendricks           Vincent Johnson                        

DOB 01/22/1975               DOB 12/01/1985

Boynton Beach, FL           Deerfield Beach, FL

                                    (Photo courtesy of PBSO)

 

Officers quick response leads to robber's arrest

Boca Raton, FL – On Wednesday, April 30, at about 2:40 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of a robbery at 640 West Yamato Road.

The victim, Filiberto Cruz, told officers he was in the plaza looking for gainful employment when he was approached by a male asking for money. Cruz said the suspect, later identified as Sylister Jones, brandished a box cutter type knife and motioned to him to come closer. Cruz ran to a nearby restaurant without giving Jones any money.

Detectives located Jones behind Rotelli’s Restaurant. Jones told officers he walked to the Tri-Rail from school and needed money for the train. Jones changed his version of story several times.

Cruz identified Jones as the suspect who tried to rob him. Officers arrested Jones and charged him with attempted robbery.

Arrested:

Sylister Jones
DOB 03/19/1996
Boca Raton, FL

Boca Raton Police launch home burglary prevention campaign

Click here to view video

Boca Raton, FL – From 2012 to 2013, the City of Boca Raton saw a 4.35% drop in residential burglaries, going from 404 in 2012 to 351 in 2013.  Those that do find their homes burglaries are discovering defeated doors and windows and their valuables gone.  In recognition of Residential Burglary Prevention Month, the Boca Raton Police Services Department will be launching a multifaceted campaign to educate residents with steps they can take to avoid becoming a victim.

 

Two videos have been created to help better explain to residents what they can do to prevent residential burglaries.  The first plays off a common theme seen in many home burglaries. A suspect knocks on the door, if no one answers they go around back and break in.  The second takes a humorous look at things that shouldn’t be left open.  It ends with reminding everyone to never leave their garage door open while unattended.

 

The Boca Raton Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit also provides tips for protecting your house.  You can find them at http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/police/home_security.shtm  The Crime Prevention Unit will also do free assessments of your property and provide you with tips to increase security around your home.  You can call 561-347-3938 for a free property assessment.

1st Annual Pet Safety Awareness & Fun Day

 

Boca Raton, FL – On Saturday, May 3rd, the Crime Prevention Unit of the Boca Raton Police Services Department will hold the 1st Annual Pet Safety Awareness & Fun Day at Mizner Bark from 9:00 am until Noon. 

 

The event will promote pet heatstroke awareness and auto burglary prevention.  During the event dog owners will be able to run their dog through a “lure course.”  There will also be a pet costume contest and pet look-alike contest.  Giveaways will include doggy waste bag dispensers and “Too Hot for Spot” car window decals for the first 100 pet owners.  The decals are window thermometers showing you when the vehicle is too hot for animals (or people) to be left unattended.  There will also be a vehicle demonstration showing how quickly the interior of a car becomes fatally hot.

 

Local stores will provide free pet treats, along with discounts and coupons.  Tri-County Animal Rescue, formerly Tri-County Humane Society, will also do on-site adoptions.  Admission to Mizner Bark is free during the event.

 

Boca Raton Police launch new crime tracking tool

Users need to sign up to receive alerts

 

Boca Raton, FL – The Boca Raton Police Services Department has launched a new crime mapping system.  The site, RaidsOnline, will give users detailed information about crime in their neighborhoods, or any other areas of the city they wish to search.  Also, users will now be able to see crime from other participating jurisdictions.

 

The new crime tracking platform will replace the previous VIPER tracking software.  Anyone who was signed up for alerts from the previous system must re-sign up on the new system.  The process is easy and only takes a couple of minutes.

 

In order to sign up, go to http://www.raidsonline.com/?address=bocaraton%20fl and click the grey square in the upper right hand side that says, “Sign up for Crime Alerts”.  Once you arrive on that page, put in your contact information and your address of interest.  You can choose a particular radius from the address you picked to receive reports.  For example, if you picked 100 NW 2nd Avenue, you could pick anywhere from a 1/2 mile to a 5 miles radius of that location.  You can also pick the crimes you want to be alerted about.

 

iPhone users can also download the RaidsOnline app at the iTunes app store here: Click here.

 

Again remember, even if you were already signed up for previous alerts, you need to sign up for the new system. Anyone with questions can email brpdpim@myboca.us or call 561-338-1374.

 

Motorist killed in collision with tractor trailer

 

Boca Raton, FL – On Monday, April 21 at 6:08 a.m., officers with the Boca Raton Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit responded to a crash, which occurred in the 1000 block of Clint Moore Road.

 

The driver of a Freightliner tractor trailer was traveling east on Clint Moore Road and was attempting a u-turn.  The driver of a Hyundai was traveling west on Clint Moore Road when he collided with the trailer.  The driver of the Hyundai was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The investigation is on-going.  If anyone has information about this crash, they are asked to call Traffic Homicide Investigator Chris Somers at (561) 620-6141 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

 

2014 Hyundai Equus:   

Irving M. Mangel

76 years old

Boca Raton, FL

Fatal injuries

 

1998 Freightliner:                     

Johnny Ray Arden

69 years old

Kingston, TN

No injuries

 

Man charged with burglary claims he was sleepwalking

 

 

Boca Raton, FL – On Monday, April 14 at about 3:15 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an alarm at the RX Care Pharmacy, 799 East Palmetto Park Road.  Arriving officers found the front door smashed, but due to the hurricane glass, entry was not made into the business. 

 

As officers searched the area, they located Julio Montoya nearby.  Montoya was wearing a white hoodie, shorts and sandals and denied any involvement in the incident.

 

Later that day, detectives met with the Pharmacy manager and reviewed the surveillance video.  One suspect is seen at 3:13 a.m., to the rear of the business.   The suspect, who is wearing a white hoodie, shorts and sandals, walks around the entire building. The second suspect is seen at 3:15 a.m., and is wearing a ball cap and jeans.  It appears this suspect smashes the front door to the business.

 

Detectives met with Montoya, who admitted he is the person wearing the white hoodie who is seen on the video but denied trying to break the window.  Montoya said he was walking to the 7-11 on West Palmetto Park Road but could not explain why he walked around the business, but said he sometimes sleepwalks.

 

Detectives charged Montoya with burglary.  If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Mark Horowitz at (561) 338-1392 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Arrested:         

Julio Montoya                              

DOB 12/14/1981

Boca Raton, FL

 

Police investigate suspicious incidents

Boca Raton, FL – Over the weekend, Boca Raton Police officers responded to three suspicious incidents at 1255 SW 18th Street.

The first incident happened Saturday, April 12 at about 8:30 p.m. The caller told officers that her 13 year old granddaughter reported an unknown male grabbed her as she was putting trash in the bins alongside the house. The granddaughter added that, as her granddaughter was walking up to the trash bins, she dropped some magazines and as she was retrieving them, she saw a black male in the back yard. The male was wearing dark clothing, gloves and a ski mask. According to the granddaughter, the male quickly approached her, grabbed her by the hips and pulled her towards him. The male then punched her several times in the stomach and started to lift her shirt. At this point the victim fought back, broke free and run inside the home. The victim was not injured.

Officers conducted a thorough search of the yard and neighborhood, but didn’t locate a suspect or anyone who had seen anything suspicious. A K-9 searched the area, but did not pick up a track.

On Sunday, April 13 at about 11:00 a.m., the granddaughter again reported a suspicious male in the backyard. This person was a Hispanic male wearing jeans and a grey hoodie. Later that same day, at about 1:20 p.m., the grandmother called police again. She told officers her granddaughter saw the same Hispanic male in the backyard, but he was wearing a blue raincoat instead. Both times, officers and a K9 team responded to and check the area, without locating anyone or anything suspicious.

If anyone has information about these incidents, they are asked to call Detective Ron Mello at (561) 620-6186.

Bicyclist killed in fatal crash

 

Boca Raton, FL – On Sunday, April 6 at 10:04 a.m., officers of the Boca Raton Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit responded to a crash which occurred in the 600 block of West Yamato Road. 

 

A bicyclist was traveling west on Yamato Road in the bicycle lane, when he was struck from behind by a 2004 Ford F-150.  The driver of the F-150 left the scene and was followed by a witness until she returned back to the crash site.  The cyclist died on the scene. 

 

The investigation is ongoing and charges may be forthcoming.   If anyone has information about this crash, they are asked to call Officer Adam Reisner at (561) 620-6121 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS. 

 

Bicyclist:          

George Morreale

66 years old

Boca Raton, FL

Fatal Injuries

 

Ford F-150:     

Bianca Fichtel

24 years old 

Boca Raton, FL

No injuries

 

Boca Raton Police investigates skimming of ATM’s

Boca Raton, FL – Boca Raton Police Services Department detectives are investigating multiple thefts from ATM’s via “skimming” devices. The incidents occurred at the Presto ATM’s at Publix Supermarkets located at 1968 NE 5th Avenue and 7431 North Federal Highway.

The investigation began after the Loss Prevention Specialist at the Publix at 1968 NE 5th Avenue called and advised she observed a skimming device on the ATM. After reviewing the surveillance video, the responding officer noted at least four occasions over a one-week period when an individual goes to the ATM between 1:00 am and 3:00 am, and looked as though he was placing a card reader on the ATM.

To date, the Boca Raton Police Services Department has received five reports from victims who had money skimmed from their bank accounts after using one of the two ATM’s in question. The suspect is described as a white male, 30 years of age, dark short hair, wearing a gray hoodie, cargo shorts and a red Texas A&M hat. Detectives request that any possible victims or anyone with information about these cases call the Economic Crimes Unit at 338-1324 or Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.

The Boca Raton Police Crime Prevention Unit encourages ATM users to scan the machines before use to check for unfamiliar components or additions. Criminals attach small cameras that record your pin number and use the encoded information on your card to access your account. Choose an ATM inside a well-lit area and if something doesn’t look right with the ATM or if the keypad doesn’t feel securely attached, stop your transaction and inform the store or bank immediately.

Kiosk owner arrested for selling counterfeit Cartier jewelry

Boca Raton, FL – On March 24, 2014, an investigator from A Action Investigations and Security Inc. contacted a Boca Raton Police Sergeant regarding counterfeit jewelry sales from the Silver Connection, a kiosk operating at Town Center Mall, 6000 West Glades Road.

The investigator, Eric Berger, told the sergeant that in June, 2013, the company owners were served with a cease and desist letter from the attorneys representing Cartier to stop selling all counterfeit Cartier trademarked items, including the Juste Un Clou nail bracelet. A follow-up visit confirmed that Silver Connection appeared to have removed the counterfeit items, but then more recent information indicated they were selling the items under the counter.

Two undercover investigators from A Action Investigations went to the Silver Connection and were able to purchase a Cartier Juste Un Clou nail bracelet, which was confirmed to be counterfeit. They also took pictures of several plastic bags which appeared to contain Cartier jewelry. The Silver Connection sold the fraudulent bracelet for $84.53 (including tax). The authentic bracelet retails for $6,850.

On Thursday, March 27 an undercover Boca Raton Police officer and an investigator from A Action Investigations were able to purchase another Cartier Juste Un Clou nail bracelet for $69.00. Based on this information, detectives obtained a search warrant for the Silver Connection, which was served later that day.

Detectives met with the employee who sold the officer the bracelet and the owner of the business, Hina Singh. The employee admitted she knew of the cease and desist letter and was supposed to refer any customers who asked for Cartier jewelry to Singh. She also said she saw Singh sell the items, but has never sold it herself; unaware that detectives knew she had sold the bracelet to the undercover officer.

Singh told detectives she owns the Silver Connection and another kiosk in the mall called Tressor. Singh admitted to receiving a cease and desist letter from Cartier, but she continued to sell the counterfeit Cartier jewelry. Singh showed detectives the boxes under the counter that contained the counterfeit Cartier jewelry. Berger confirmed the Cartier jewelry found yesterday at the Silver Connection was counterfeit. The estimated retail value of the seized Cartier jewelry (if real) would be over $1,000,000.

Boca Raton detectives arrested Hina Singh and charged her with the selling of counterfeit goods valued at over $20,000.

Arrested:

 

Hina Singh
DOB 06/20/1975
Coconut Creek, FL

 

Counterfeit Cartier jewelry:

 

 

Woman’s purse snatched outside Publix

Boca Raton, FL – On Monday, March 24 at about 7:45 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of a purse snatching outside of Publix, 1001 South Federal Highway.

The victim told officers that she and her daughter had just parked their car in the parking aisle on the north side of the lot and were walking towards the front of the store. Before they reached the entrance, an unknown male came up behind them and grabbed the victim’s purse from her hand. The suspect ran west on Camino Real then crossed the roadway to the Dixie Mobil, where the victim lost sight of him.

The victim went behind the Dixie Mobil and found her purse lying on the ground, with all of the contents dumped out. Her iPhone, cash, and credit cards were missing. The victim was not injured.

If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Cruz at (561) 338-1320 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Suspect:

Hispanic male in his 20’s, wavy dark hair
Between 5’5” and 5’8” tall, thin build
Wearing a grey t-shirt, dark jeans


ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES
PUBLIC COMMENT


Boca Raton, FL -- The Boca Raton Police Services Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.


Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas; policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.


As part of the on-site assessment, Department employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Monday, March 31, 2014 at 5:30 PM. The session will be conducted at the 6500 Building located at 6500 Congress Ave, Boca Raton, Florida 33487.


Department employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling (561) 338-1361 on Monday, March 31, between 8:30 AM and 12:00 Noon. All comments will be taken by the assessment team.


Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to ten minutes and must address the Department’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Boca Raton Police Services Department’s Public Information Office, 100 NW Boca Raton Boulevard, Boca Raton, Florida 33432. Officer Sandra Boonenberg is the point of contact at (561) 338-1269.


Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Boca Raton Police Services Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155, Attn: Vince Dauro, or www.calea.org.


ASSESSORS:


Team Leader:       Deputy Chief Mark Scott
                              Albany Police Department

Team Member:    Lieutenant Virgil Hubbard

                              Knoxville Police Department

Man robbed after meeting prostitute

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Boca Raton, FL – On Sunday, March 23 at 12:55 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a robbery at the Quality Inn, 2899 North Federal Highway.

Officers met with the 80 year old victim who said he arranged to meet an escort whom he found on a website. The victim arrived at the hotel at the appointed time. He went to the room and was let in by “Amy.” Once inside the room, the victim felt something wasn’t right and told “Amy” he needed to leave. When he stepped outside the room he was accosted by a male who took his cellphone from his pants pocket.

The victim waited in the lobby for police to arrive and while he was waiting, he saw the suspect walk through the lobby and then leave in an unknown direction. The victim was not injured.

Detectives investigating the crime made contact with “Amy”; who is actually “Frank”. He told officers he only knows the suspect as “Chief.”

If anyone has information about this crime or can identify the suspect, they are asked to call Detective Jeff Stepp at (561) 620-6196 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Suspect:

Black male, possibly goes by “Chief”
20 to 30 years old, short hair
5’6” to 5’8” tall, thin build

Man facing multiple charges
Officers find suspect pushing TV down sidewalk

Boca Raton, FL – On Monday, March 10 at about 2:30 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers were on patrol in the area of 1425 North Federal Highway, when they saw a male walking northbound on the sidewalk pushing a rolling chair with a large flat screen television on it.

Officers stopped the male, later identified as Darian Sparkman. Sparkman told officers he was on his way to the pawn shop to sell the television since he was moving. After officers challenged this story, Sparkman provided another account. At this point officers arrested Sparkman for loitering and prowling. Inside Sparkman’s backpack, officers found a screwdriver, two digital cameras, an iPod shuffle, socks, and a remote control to a TV.

Boca Raton detectives interviewed Sparkman who said he is homeless and hungry and stole the television from a teen center, but he did not know the address. Sparkman told detectives if they would drive him, he could show them where he had stolen it. Sparkman directed detectives to the Velocity center, 119 NW 11th Street. Detectives met with the owner/manager of Velocity who identified all the recovered items as belonging to the center. Detectives charged Sparkman with burglary and grand theft.

Detectives were also able to link Sparkman to another burglary, which occurred on January 31 at the First United Methodist Church. During this burglary, two game consoles, a number of controllers and games, HDMI cables and connectors and two surround sound speakers. One of the staff members told detectives that Sparkman admitted to him that he had stolen the items. Detectives checked pawn records and discovered Sparkman had pawned several of the stolen items. When questioned, Sparkman confessed to the theft. Detectives charged Sparkman with grand theft and false verification of pawn ownership.

Arrested:

Darian Sparkman
DOB 10/05/1994
At large

Four visitors from Broward found with stolen property

Boca Raton, FL – On Friday, February 14 at 12:50 p.m., officers of the Boca Raton Police Department’s Tactical Team were conducting surveillance at the BP gas station at 5440 West Glades Road, when they saw a dark SUV matching the description of a vehicle described in a recent crime bulletin regarding gas station burglaries.

The driver of the SUV parked for about 10 minutes, but no one ever got out of the vehicle. The driver drove out of the parking lot without coming to a complete stop before entering Glades Road. Officers stopped the vehicle on southbound I-95. They engaged the driver, Linton Cooper, and the three passengers, Antonio Carter, Brittany Ramkelawan and James Austin. Officers immediately detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle.

Officers discovered that Carter had an active warrant out of Illinois for fraud and Austin was on probation for burglary. When officers searched the vehicle, they found a Chase Bank envelope in the back seat center console. Inside the envelope they found three checkbooks, multiple credit cards issued to two different people, a Florida driver’s license and two New York driver’s licenses. In the front center console, officers found a UK passport and an Apple Macbook Pro wedged under the rear seat. They also found a window punch, two flashlights, a screwdriver, latex gloves and pieces of broken automobile glass scattered throughout the vehicle.

Officers tracked down the owner of the Macbook Pro who told them the computer, his passport and many other items were stolen in an auto burglary in Ft. Lauderdale on February 12. The passport found in the center console also belonged to him. All of the occupants gave different reasons for being in Boca Raton and could offer no explanation for the property found in their vehicle.

Officers arrested all four suspects and charged them with loitering and prowling, possession of burglary tools, and grand theft. Ramkelawan was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Arrested:

           

Antonio Carter               James Austin
DOB 12/17/1978           12/12/1975
Ft. Lauderdale               Lauderhill
        
Brittany Ramkelawan    Linton Cooper
DOB 06/23/1991           01/03/1979
Ft. Lauderdale               Ft. Lauderdale

Alert resident notifies police of potential burglary suspects

 

Boca Raton, FL – On Tuesday, February 18 at about 1:30 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a suspected burglary in the area of East Jeffery Street and NW 7th Avenue.  A witness called police when she saw a male run from a home across the street and get into a waiting grey Suzuki.  The witness noticed two other people in the Suzuki and was able to write down the license plate.

 

Officers found evidence of burglary attempts at two homes, although entry was not gained on either residence.  Officers of the Tactical Team located and stopped the vehicle as it headed south on I-95. Justin Clark, the driver, and the two occupants, Jodi Myles and Dominick Akinpelu, were detained and questioned.

 

Akinpelu refused to speak with officers. However, Clark and Myles initially gave different versions of why they were in Boca Raton before refusing to say more. A search of the vehicle revealed several pieces of broken spark plugs and an empty spark plug box, along with a credit card belonging to an unknown female.The witness identified Myles as the suspect she saw running from the area.

 

Officers arrested all three suspects and charged them with attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, and resisting an officer.

Arrested:

      

Justin Clark              Jordi Myles                  Dominick Akinpelu

DOB: 3/15/93          DOB: 8/17/93               DOB: 4/20/95

Coral Springs, FL     Tamarac, FL                Margate, FL

 

Two charged in shooting death of friend

 

Boca Raton, FL – Investigators from the Boca Raton Police Services Department have charged two people in connection with the shooting death of Justin Holt. 

 

On Sunday, December 1, 2013, just before 11:00 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Gables of Town Place Apartments, 21445 Town Lakes Drive. When officers arrived, they met with a group of people and a male who had been shot in the chest.

 

Detectives interviewed the four people who were present at the apartment when the shooting occurred. They all provided the same version of events. The resident, Madison Flint, and her friend, Joshua Henry, were hanging out and called some other friends to come over to Flint’s apartment. Erin Steele, Justin Holt, and another friend arrived at the apartment a short time later. Henry brought a handgun with him, was showing the group the gun and allowed members of the group to dry fire the pistol. Henry re-loaded the gun and set it on the counter. Later in the evening, Steele picked the gun up from the counter, pointed it at Holt and fired it. Holt was transported to Delray Medical Center where he died shortly thereafter. Steele smoked marijuana earlier in the evening and had a high level of THC in her system.

 

Both Steele and Henry have been charged with Manslaughter by Culpable Negligence.

Arrested:

               

 Erin Steele                            Joshua Henry

 DOB: 3/15/93                       DOB: 11/21/90

 Pompano Beach, FL             Pompano Beach, FL  

 

Bicyclist seriously injured in hit and run

Boca Raton, FL – Early Friday morning at about 4:42 a.m., officers of the Boca Raton Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit responded a serious injury hit and run crash, which occurred in the 6300 block of West Glades Road.

The operator of a black Pedego electric bicycle was traveling west on Glades Road and was struck from behind by a maroon 2013 Kia. The Kia was later found abandoned and parked in a nearby residential neighborhood. As the investigation progressed, traffic homicide investigators were able to identify the driver of the Kia.

The bicycle operator was transported to Delray Medical Center with serious injuries.

If anyone has additional information regarding the crash, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Chris Somers at (561) 620-6141 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.


2013 Kia driver:

Jeffrey Camenzuli
24 years old
Coral Springs, FL
Injury: Unknown

Pedego Bicycle operator:

Mario Sgroia
53 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Injury: Serious Bodily Injury

Woman fends off attack with well placed kick
Responding officers nab suspect

Boca Raton, FL – On Monday, January 27, at about 9:50 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of an aggravated battery which occurred outside the CVS at 520 South Federal Highway.

The victim told officers she had just finished shopping and was getting into her car, but before she was able to close the door, a male stepped between the door and the frame. The suspect, later identified as Daryl Lewis, held an edged weapon that the victim described as a “shank,” and told her he “needed to get home so he could bury his mother.”

The victim began screaming and kicking Lewis, who cut the victim, causing several superficial wounds. The victim landed a kick to Lewis’s groin which caused him to take a step back. A witness pulled up behind the victim’s car and yelled at Lewis who then tried to explain he was the victim’s boyfriend. When the victim denied the statement, Lewis ran off.

Officers located Lewis several blocks away and the victim identified Lewis as her attacker. Officers arrested Lewis and charged him with aggravated battery, armed burglary with a battery, and armed kidnapping. Lewis also had an active violation of probation warrant for theft out of Broward County.

Arrested:

Daryl Lewis
DOB 01/05/1964
At large

Alert citizen and off duty Boca Raton officer spot car burglar

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Boca Raton, FL – Just before 3:00 pm Wednesday on January 22, 2014, Boca Raton Police received a call from someone at the Town Center Mall who was watching a suspicious man in the parking lot trying to open the doors to several cars.  A Boca Raton Officer, working an extra duty detail, responded and quickly located the subject, later identified as Joel Garcia.  The officer kept eyes on Garcia until Tactical Team officers arrived on scene.

 

Once on scene, the officers observed Garcia remove his button down shirt, wrap it around his hand and continue trying various car doors in the parking lot.  After approximately 45 minutes, Garcia went into the mall, where undercover detectives continued to watch him.  A short time later Garcia exited the mall into the parking lot where he continued to try car doors.  Shortly after 4:00 pm, an hour after he was first observed, Garcia found and entered an unlocked car.  Tactical Team officers approached the vehicle and observed Garcia rummaging through the center console.  Officers ordered Garcia out of the car and placed him under arrest.

 

Garcia told officers that he was going through rough times and had ridden on a bus from Canal Point, Florida with the intent to break into cars and steal money. Garcia was charged with Burglary to Auto and Possession of Marijuana.

 

Arrested:

 Joel Garcia

DOB: 12/1/89

Canal Point, FL

 

Savvy resident notifies police of burglar

Boca Raton, FL – On Wednesday, January 22 at about noon, a resident in the 600 block of SW 5th Street called a Boca Raton Police sergeant and told him a young male wearing a fluorescent traffic vest knocked on his door and asked for a “Mr. Alexander,” and said he was looking for 700 SW 5th Street. The caller described the male and the brown Mercedes, which he had parked in the driveway.

Responding officers saw the vehicle in the driveway of 801 Elderberry Way and as it drove away, one officer followed it. The driver drove through the neighborhood, committing several traffic violations before the officer attempted a traffic stop. The driver did not initially stop. However, after driving down several streets, he was forced to stop behind a boat on a trailer, which was obstructing the roadway.

Officers made contact with the driver, Dayonte Resiles, who was wearing a bright green shirt and traffic vest. The story Resiles gave officers for being in the area was quickly disproved. The caller identified Resiles as the male with whom he spoke at his front door. Officers arrested Resiles and charged him with loitering and prowling and resisting arrest without violence. Officers found a window punch in Resiles pocket and black and yellow gloves in the center console of the car. Officers also found a woman’s watch and $1,003 in cash in the center console, as well as a jewelry scale, laptop computer, camera, an iPad, and a large amount of jewelry placed throughout the passenger compartment of the car.

Officers confirmed that the items belonged to the resident of 801 Elderberry Way, where officer found the rear slider to the home smashed. The resident identified the items as hers. Officers also charged Resiles with burglary to a residence, possession of burglary tools and obstruction.

Arrested:

Dayonte Resiles
DOB 09/12/1994
Lauderdale Lakes, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If You Love It, Don't Leave It!

During the last few years, smart phones have become a staple in our culture. Whether it is an Android, iPhone, tablet or e-reader, most Americans either have one or have heard of them. The value of these devices in our lives is unquestionable, but along with the benefits comes opportunity for criminals. The Boca Raton Police Department has noticed an increase in thefts of these types of devices. Overwhelmingly, they are crimes of opportunity. Please safeguard your smart phones, tablets, and all valuables. If you love it, don’t leave it!

  • Smart phone thefts from businesses. Never leave your phone or tablet unattended; always bring it with you! Install tracking software and report thefts immediately to police by calling (561) 368-6201 or 911.
  • Distraction-style thefts. If you work in a retail establishment, be alert to subjects working together in an effort to distract you while the other person steals your phone from the counter or work station.
  • Thefts from restaurant and coffee shop tables. Do not leave your smart phones or devices unattended on a table or counter.

Keep smart phones secured on your person, lock them up in a secure place while at work, and do not leave them unattended even for a second!
If you love it, don’t leave it!

For more information, contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (561) 347-3938 or visit www.BocaPolice.com

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