APRIL 3 — Two Royal Palm Beach residents were recently victims of theft from the village’s RV and boat storage center on Crestwood Blvd. According to separate Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports, deputies from the Royal Palm Beach substation discovered that someone had broken into property stored at the facility, located at the village’s former wastewater treatment plant site. According to one PBSO report, a resident of Saratoga Lakes contacted the PBSO last Thursday to report the theft. The victim last saw his boat at the lot approximately three weeks ago. Sometime between then and 2 p.m. last Thursday, someone broke into the boat and stole a Jensen stereo, fishing lures and approximately 40 gallons of fuel. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. In a second PBSO report, a village employee contacted the PBSO on Monday, April 7 to report a burglary. Sometime between 5 p.m. last Friday and 12:30 p.m. Monday, someone entered a Raptor RV stored at the site. The perpetrator(s) gained entry through a small hatch that was pried open. According to the report, a miniature fridge was taken from inside, along with two televisions. The stolen items were valued at approximately $800. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.
APRIL 4 — A West Palm Beach woman was arrested early last Friday morning on drug charges following a traffic stop outside the Walmart Supercenter on Belvedere Road. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 4 a.m., a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation pulled over a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Amy Matherlee for a window tint violation. Upon making contact with Matherlee, the deputy could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search revealed 11 bags of heroin, two bags of cocaine and six bags of marijuana, as well as $298 in cash. Matherlee was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where she was charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell, cocaine possession with intent to sell and marijuana possession with intent to sell.
APRIL 4 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was called to a vacant home on 71st Lane North last Friday regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, an employee of the company that owns the home discovered that a Goodman air conditioning unit was stolen. The air conditioner was installed on Tuesday, Dec. 31, but it was not known when the unit was taken. The stolen air conditioner was valued at approximately $2,500. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.
APRIL 5 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a gas station on State Road 7 early last Saturday morning regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim was tired, so he pulled over and parked in the gas station parking lot at approximately midnight. The victim fell asleep with his car window open and awoke around 6 a.m. to discover that his car keys, his wallet and his white iPhone 5 were missing. The victim’s wallet was in his front pocket at the time of the theft. It contained approximately $70 cash and his credit and debit cards. The stolen iPhone was valued at approximately $400. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.
APRIL 5 — A resident of Hawthorne Place contacted the PBSO substation in Wellington last Saturday evening to report a case of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 8:45 p.m., the victim was driving southbound on Forest Hill Blvd., approaching Wellington Trace, when he heard a loud bang against his vehicle. The victim arrived home to find egg on his rear passenger door and side. According to the report, the egg hit the rear passenger door, leaving a dent and chipping the paint. The victim said he had not seen who threw the egg. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.
APRIL 6 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a home on Forest Club Drive early last Sunday morning regarding a suspicious incident. According to a PBSO report, someone called the substation to anonymously report that one of the residents was shooting paintballs, pointing a rifle out the front door and possibly bleeding. The deputy made contact with the resident’s roommate, who said that he was in his bedroom asleep. The roommate denied that anyone had been outside with a rifle, but said they were shooting paintballs in the apartment because they’d lost their security deposit. According to the report, the deputy attempted to make contact with the resident, but was unable to. PBSO’s SWAT unit responded and deployed a robot to make contact and do a welfare check. According to the report, there were no signs of blood or weapons in the apartment. The robot was able to make announcements, and the resident in question came out of his bedroom, knocked the robot over and returned to his bedroom. According to the report, the deputy believed the resident was not injured, but noted that he refused to leave his home. Because no crime was committed, no arrests were made. There was no further information available at the time of the report.
APRIL 6 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to the south entrance of the J.W. Corbet Wildlife Management Area last Sunday morning regarding a stolen vehicle. According to a PBSO report, the victim parked his red 2004 Ford F-250 in the area while he was camping with a large group of people. When he went to leave at approximately 3:30 a.m., he discovered that his truck was missing. The victim had his keys, but noted that there was a spare key in the glove box and the back window was left unsecured. According to the report, the victim’s 20-gauge Remington shotgun was also in the truck at the time. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.
APRIL 6 — A Wellington resident called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Sunday to report a case of fraud. According to a PBSO report, the victim attempted to sell his two iPhone 4s cell phones online and received counterfeit money in return. According to the report, the victim received a call from a man who was interested in the phones and agreed to meet him at the McDonald’s on State Road 7 at approximately 9:30 p.m. The suspect gave him three $100 bills for the phones. According to the report, the victim believed something was wrong with the money but was intimidated by the man, who had several tattoos on his face. When the victim returned home, one of the bills got wet and its ink began to run. There was no further information available at the time of the report.
APRIL 7 — A resident of Royal Ascot Estates called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation Monday evening to report a case of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, someone smashed two of the lights off his fence post, shattering them. The lights appeared to be intentionally smashed, and there was no other damage to the fence to suggest it had been a traffic accident. According to the report, similar incidents have happened to the victim’s property, and a neighbor recently had lights smashed. The damage was estimated at $90. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.