MARCH 18 — Deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Wellington received several complaints this week of damaged foliage. According to separate PBSO reports, unknown suspect(s) damaged several trees. According to one report, a Village of Wellington employee contacted the Wellington PBSO substation Monday after he discovered that five trees had been cut down. According to the report, sometime between Monday, March 11 and Monday, March 18, someone chopped down five oak and maple trees on an easement along Flying Cow Ranch Road. The trees stood at approximately 20 feet tall and were valued at approximately $3,000. According to the report, the perpetrator(s) used a machete to chop them down and left them at the scene. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. According to a second PBSO report, sometime between midnight last Saturday and noon Tuesday, someone cut down 12 small pine trees at a home in Paddock Park. The victim said the trees were located along the canal bank easement. According to the report, the victim found juice boxes and candy wrappers left behind at the site. The perpetrator(s) caused approximately $240 in damage. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.
MARCH 14 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to a home on Orchid Drive last Thursday afternoon regarding a burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. someone pried open the front door to gain access to the home and stole a 46-inch flat-panel television. According to the report, the victim’s daughter said that an acquaintance had called her several times around 1:40 p.m. and asked if he could come by the house, but she said she was not home. The victim said that a similar incident occurred in December, with the same person calling prior to a burglary. According to the report, a neighbor saw two black males with a white car at the house in the afternoon. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there was no further information available at the time of the report.
MARCH 15 — A resident of 41st Court North called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Friday morning to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between Saturday, Sept. 15 and last Friday, someone stole the victim’s decal from his vehicle. The victim said his wife was pulled over by a deputy, who notified her that the decal was missing. According to the report, the victim said he typically parks his vehicle in his driveway and does not have any idea who could have taken it. There were no suspects at the time of the report.
MARCH 16 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on Tangerine Blvd. last Saturday morning regarding an act of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 8 p.m. last Friday and 10:30 a.m. the following morning, someone smashed the victim’s mailbox with a baseball bat or similar object, causing approximately $150 in damage. The victim said she does not know who might have vandalized her mailbox. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.
MARCH 16 — A Royal Palm Beach woman was arrested last Saturday evening on charges of shoplifting after she was caught stealing from the WalMart Supercenter on Belvedere Road. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the RPB substation was dispatched to the store after a loss prevention officer observed 29-year-old Maile Kaluahine push a cart through the store and select several items. According to the report, Kaluahine then passed all points of sale and headed toward the exit. The loss prevention officer said she was standing near the exit, and when Kaluahine saw her, she turned around and walked back into the store. According to the report, Kaluahine approached the west exit and sat on a bench for several minutes before getting up and exiting the store, where the loss prevention officer stopped her. According to the report, the deputy recovered $429.47 in stolen merchandise. Kaluahine was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where she was charged with larceny.
MARCH 18 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington responded Monday morning to Wellington Regional Medical Center in response to a stolen vehicle. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 3:30 p.m. last Friday and 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, someone removed a Caterpillar multi-terrain loader from a construction site on the property. According to the report, the vehicle is equipped with a GPS device, and several hours later the deputy received a signal from the monitoring system in the area of Fairlane Farms Road and Stribling Way. According to the report, deputies searched the area but did not find the loader. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.
MARCH 18 — A resident of Wellington’s Edge contacted the PBSO substation in Wellington on Monday to report a case of fraud. According to a PBSO report, the victim attempted to use his debit card and was told it was denied. When the victim called his bank, he was informed that on Friday, March 1, someone used his card to make a purchase for $299.68. According to the report, the victim said he did not make the purchase and was refunded the amount. There were no suspects at the time of the report.
MARCH 19 — A resident of South Shore Blvd. called the PBSO substation in Wellington on Tuesday morning to report a burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10 p.m. last Sunday and 7 a.m. the following morning, someone removed a lock from a storage container on the property. The victim said the container is for hay and feed, and has a lock on it. According to the report, the victim found the container with the lock broken, but nothing was taken. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.
MARCH 19 — A Royal Palm Beach man was arrested Tuesday evening on charges of possessing a concealed weapon and resisting an officer following an altercation at the Bob Marcello Baseball Complex. According to a PBSO report, the victim was in the park when two men approached him. The victim said the men jumped on him and began to punch him. Several witnesses, including two off-duty deputies, observed the fight and attempted to break it up. According to the report, a third man, later identified as 20-year-old Lamareus Williams, rode up on a bike and punched the victim. The witnesses said they observed Williams reach for his waistband, where he had what appeared to be a concealed gun. According to the report, one of the witnesses stepped in front of Williams and told him not to pull out the gun. In the meantime, one of the off-duty police officers was able to disarm Williams and secure the gun, which turned out to be a BB gun without an orange tip. According to the report, this caused Williams to flee the scene. When deputies arrived and began searching for Williams, two other witnesses alerted them to Williams, who was running along the canal. The deputies were able to find Williams, and the witnesses identified him as the person from the park. According to the report, when the deputy attempted to arrest Williams, he pushed away and began running. The deputy was able to detain him, but Williams resisted being placed in handcuffs. According to the report, another deputy had to help detain Williams, who was finally arrested. He was taken to the county jail, where he was charged with possession of a firearm by a delinquent, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.