The man in the video below was caught on home surveillance video with another man burglarizing cars on Star Ruby Boulevard, east of South Military Trail and north of Boynton Beach Boulevard, on Friday.
The man in the video below got into two vehicles in the same driveway on Hudson Lane, also east of South Military Trail and just south of Hypoluxo Road, early Monday morning. He was caught on home surveillance cameras. He stole a cell phone from one of the cars, said police spokeswoman, Stephanie Slater.
If you recognize any of the men, call Boynton police at (561) 732-8116 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.
Four adults and a 6-year-old boy were shot, possibly by a high-powered assault weapon, on Jan. 21 on the 500 block of Northeast Second Street. On Jan. 24, two men were shot at 320 NE 13th Ave., less than a mile from the first shooting.
No arrests have been made. Police Chief Jeffrey Katz said tracking down the shooters would be difficult without the community’s input.
The next town hall meeting will be March 6 at 4 p.m. at City Hall at 100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd.
Last week, three people tried to sell their iPhones using the app OfferUp. A potential buyer asked them to meet at 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd., which is Ezell Hester, Jr. Community Park. Once there, the potential buyer snatched the phones from the sellers’ hands and ran away.
The number of violent crimes, such as robbery and aggravated assault, in the first half of this year in Boynton Beach were down compared to that of the first half of 2015, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement statistics released Monday.
However, non-violent crimes, such as larceny and motor vehicle theft, increased.
Overall, crime in the first half of the year increased by 9.9 percent compared to the first half of 2015, the stats show.
For overall crime, Boynton came in the third highest in Palm Beach County with an index of 1,953, behind the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (7,796) and West Palm Beach (3,150). Delray Beach came in fourth with an index of 1,591.
Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Katz held a Town Hall meeting last week and gave some stats about his department. Here they are:
The department hires 1.2 percent of those who apply. That’s 26 hires out of 2,159 who applied over a year and a half. Chief Jeffrey Katz describes them as “first-round draft choices.” They hope to hire those with a college education, who represent minorities, who have prior police experience and who are veterans.
Officers responded to 63,221 calls for service in 2015. That’s a 10 percent increase from 2014.
They gave out 5,796 citations in 2015.
They made 2,394 arrests in 2015. 95.2 percent of those arrests did not involve use of force.
They investigated 3,029 traffic crashes in 2015. Eleven people died.
Police made 8,255 extra patrols in 2015.
They investigated 18,998 code compliance calls.
From 2013 to 2015 police encountered 318 firearms.
Boynton Beach police officers say they took a handgun off the streets that was reported stolen out of Hillsborough County in March 2014.
Officers Shaun James and Jon Varags were called to an apartment complex on Northeast First Street on Tuesday night to investigate a claim that about 10 people were selling drugs, a police briefing says.
Of those 108 auto burglaries in Delray Beach, 79 happened in unlocked vehicles, according to police. Goldman is urging residents to lock their doors and report suspicious activity to reduce the likelihood of future car burglaries.
The number of overall burglaries appears to be declining, although the number of auto burglaries this past month amounts to almost half of the number of burglaries in the rest of 2016, according to statistics released by the department.
In 2014, there were 535 auto burglaries, 53 percent of which involved unlocked vehicles.
In 2015, there were 433 auto burglaries, 60 percent of which involved unlocked vehicles.
Between January and May this year, there were 279 auto burglaries, 71 percent of which involved unlocked vehicles.
“Keep your valuables out of sight and lock your doors,” reads a poster the department is circulating online.