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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Johnny Ray Arden
69 years old
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.
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.
66 years old
Boca Raton, FL
24 years old
Boca Raton, FL
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
24 years old
Coral Springs, FL
Pedego Bicycle operator:
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.
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.
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.
Lauderdale Lakes, FL