Man robs TD Bank
Boca Raton, FL – On Thursday, December 5 at just after 6:00 p.m., Boca Raton Police Officers responded to a report of a bank robbery at the TD Bank, 2301 North Federal Highway.
Arriving officers met with the tellers who told them that a Hispanic male entered the bank and approached the teller. The suspect handed the teller a note, which indicated he had a weapon, and demanded cash. The teller gave the suspect an undetermined amount of cash, which the suspect put into a black carrier, possibly an accordion type file case. The suspect then left the bank and walked south through the parking lot. No one was injured and the suspect never displayed a weapon.
The suspect is described as in his mid to late 30’s, approximately 5’4” tall, weighing 150 pounds, with brown eyes and a clean shaven face. The suspect was wearing a long sleeve black shirt with a short sleeve grey shirt over it, brown pants, a beige baseball cap with red on the bill and “FL” printed in red on the front. According to a Spanish speaking teller, the suspect spoke English with no accent, but also spoke Spanish with a Puerto Rican accent.
The suspect may have also committed a robbery at a Chase Bank in Cocoa on Wednesday, December 4.
If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Ron Mello at (561) 620-6186, Boca Raton Police dispatch at (561) 368-6201 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
Hispanic male, 5’4” tall, 150 pounds
Mid to late 30’s, brown eyes
Clean shaven, wearing brown pants
Grey t-shirt with a long sleeve black
Shirt underneath, beige baseball cap
With red on the bill and “FL” in red
Photo courtesy of Cocoa PD
Burglar identified through prints left at scene
Boca Raton, FL – On Thursday, November 21, Boca Raton Police officers took a report of a burglary to a residence in the 50 block of SW 9th Terrace.
The victim told officers that after being gone most of the day, she arrived home to find cracks in the glass of one of her a rear slider hurricane doors and several pry marks on the lock. The officer also observed several shoe marks on the door, indicating the suspect tried to kick in the door. Having failed to defeat the hurricane door and get inside the home, the suspect attempted to remove a flat screen TV mounted on the exterior wall of the enclosed patio, leaving two large handprints.
The latent handprints were analyzed and identified as belonging to Quinton Linton. Detectives filed for a warrant for burglary and criminal mischief and on December 3, Linton was arrested.
Man shot in friend’s apartment
Boca Raton, FL – 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.
The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to call Detective Jeff Clare at (561) 338-1246 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
Justin M. Holt
Pompano Beach, FL
Keep your holiday full of cheer
Boca Raton Police kick off crime prevention campaign
Boca Raton, FL – The day after Thanksgiving, traditionally known as “Black Friday,” is historically one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Starting this week, and continuing through mid-January, officers from the Boca Raton Police Services Department will step up marked and unmarked vehicle patrols, bicycle patrols, along with surveillance in retail areas throughout the City. In addition, the Boca Raton Police will kick off the “Keep your holiday full of cheer” campaign.
Considering the many distractions during this time of year, the campaign illustrates accountability, awareness and action through two videos and printed material. The first video features the holiday song “Sleigh Ride,” and emphasizes the importance of not leaving your valuables in your car while you shop. The other video was produced by our community partners at the Digital Media Arts College (DMAC) here in Boca Raton. DMAC students took our crime prevention tips and brought them to life through animation technology. The “Sleigh Ride” video will be featured throughout the holiday season along with trailers at Cinemark in Boca Raton. Both videos will also be featured on Boca Raton City Channel 20, Boca Raton Police Facebook and You Tube channels.
Tactical Team arrests three on drug and gun charges
Boca Raton, FL – On Tuesday, November 12, at about 3:30 p.m., a red Hyundai rental vehicle caught the attention of a member of the Boca Raton Police Department’s Tactical Team as the car backed into a parking spot in Glades Plaza, 2200 West Glades Road. As officers watched, a male walked over to the Hyundai, got into the back seat then got out a short time later and returned to his car. Officers spoke with the male who said he was trying to solicit the services of a prostitute.
The driver of the Hyundai left the parking lot and officers stopped the car for a traffic infraction. The driver, Carey Godwin Jr., told officers he had a gun in the center console. Officers took possession of the unloaded gun. Officers questioned Godwin and his two passengers, Marlon McKay and Brandon Montgomery, who all gave conflicting statements.
Officers saw a piece of copper from a cleaning pad and a couple of small, white pieces of a substance they believed to be crack cocaine, which once tested, proved to be cocaine. They also found a pill bottle which contained several clear capsules with transparent pieces inside. These pieces were tested and proved to be Methylone. Officers found a backpack and plastic shopping bag in the trunk of the car. Inside these items, they found 100 small plastic baggies, a digital scale, empty capsules and a clear pill bottle which also contained capsules of Methylone. Godwin claimed ownership of the backpack and receipts inside the shopping bag were linked to Godwin.
Officers arrested all three males and charged Godwin with possession of a firearm during a felony, possession of a scheduled substance and possession of paraphernalia. McKay was charged with possession of a scheduled substance, possession of a firearm during a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Montgomery was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia.
Carey Godwin Marlon McKay Brandon Montgomery
DOB 04/09/87 DOB 11/30/1987 DOB 05/10/1984
Ft. Myers, FL Pompano Beach Pompano Beach
Jewelry store robbed in Royal Palm Plaza
Boca Raton, FL – On Saturday, November 9, at about 6:00 p.m., J. Mark Jewelry store, 145 Via Naranjas, was robbed by an armed gunman.
The owner, Joel Mark Leibovitch, called Boca Raton Police to report the robbery. Leibovitch told officers that he was in the process of closing the store and was talking to his girlfriend, when a man entered the store. The suspect displayed a handgun and directed Leibovitch and his girlfriend to the rear of the store. The suspect then told Leibovitch to open the safes and he removed an undetermined amount of jewelry and money. The suspect ordered Leibovitch and his girlfriend into a storage closet and told them to remain there for an hour. After an hour passed, Leibovitch called the police. No one was injured.
The suspect spoke Spanish and is described as a Hispanic male, between 5’5” and 5’8” tall, medium build, wearing a grey or green puffy, hooded, rain jacket, and sunglasses covering his face.
If anyone has information about this case, they are asked to call Detective Ron Mello at (561) 620-6186 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
Missing man located
Boca Raton, FL - Cesar Armando Diego Gaspar, who was reported missing on Monday, November 4 has been located unharmed.
Man arrested in August crash that killed bicyclist
Boca Raton, FL – On August 24, 2013 at 2:25 a.m., members of the Boca Raton Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit began investigating a crash in which a bicyclist, Timothy Van Orden, who was riding in the designated bicycle lane, was struck and killed by Drew Blazure.
Investigators conducted a thorough and meticulous investigation which included statements from witnesses at the gas station, the person who discovered the crash, and a friend of Blazure who was with him earlier in the evening. Investigators evaluated the video from the gas station, the reconstruction of the crash scene, a complete examination of Blazure’s car, the autopsy results, Blazure’s statement to investigators, and the blood alcohol analysis. At the conclusion of the investigation, officers determined that Blazure was under the influence of alcohol while operating the vehicle.
On October 29, investigators filed for a warrant on charges of DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. The arrest warrant was issued and on November 6, 2013 officers with the Boynton Beach Police Department arrested Blazure.
Boca Raton Police Tactical Team nabs trio loaded with stolen items
Multiple fraudulent cards found hidden throughout car
Boca Raton, FL – While patrolling the Town Center Mall parking lot, a member of the Boca Raton Police Tactical Team noticed a parked rental car with illegal tint on the windows. The tactical officer kept an eye on the car and a short time later three individuals entered the car with several shopping bags from stores throughout the mall.
After loading the bags in the trunk and back seat of the car, the driver left the mall area and headed towards Glades Road. Officers initiated a traffic stop for illegal tint and seatbelt violations. However, the driver didn’t pull over and maneuvered in and out of traffic in an effort to flee until being stuck at a red light. Officers engaged the occupants and ordered them out of the car.
Officers saw over a dozen new iPad Air’s, along with merchandise from stores, including Louis Vuitton, True Religion, and the Apple Store. They also noticed marijuana on the floorboard. A search of the car revealed dozens of fraudulent driver’s licenses, social security cards, credit cards and “Green Dot” cards, as well as nearly $5,000 cash. Further investigation revealed that three of the names on the fraudulent cards were individuals whose identity had been fraudulently used to open credit accounts.
Mario Aparicio Juarez, Travis Mitchell and Andre Antone Coleman were all charged with Organized Scheme to Defraud, Fraudulent Use of Personal ID information, Fraudulent use of Fictitious Personal ID Information, Unauthorized Possession of a Credit Card, Grand Theft, Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams, Loitering & Prowling, Resisting without Violence, Fleeing & Eluding, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
Travis Mitchell Mario Aparicio Jaurez Andre Coleman
DOB: 9/1/86 DOB: 4/2/89 DOB: 11/9/95
Palm Bay Village Miami, FL Miami, FL
Detectives need help locating missing man
Boca Raton, FL – On Monday, November 4, Boca Raton Police officers took a report of missing person. The complainant told officers he had not seen his roommate, Cesar Armando Diego Gaspar, since Friday, November 1 at 7:30 a.m., as he was getting ready for work. Gaspar rides his bike to work and stops at a local bakery every morning, but didn’t on Friday. Gaspar’s father, who lives in Guatemala, spoke with his son Friday morning at 7:45 and Gaspar told him he had a minor crash with a pedestrian but he was fine and on his way to work. Gaspar never made it to work and his roommate found Gaspar’s bicycle locked to a pole at NE 4th Way and NE 20th Street.
Gaspar is 22 years old, between 5’2” and 5’6” tall and about 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. If anyone has seen Cesar Gaspar or knows his whereabouts, they are asked to call their local police department or contact Detective Jeff Stepp at (561) 620-6196.
Cesar Armando Diego Gaspar
22 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Tactical team arrests six for various crimes
Boca Raton, FL – On Friday, November 1 at 2:25 p.m., members of the Boca Raton Police Department’s Tactical Team were conducting surveillance in the parking lot of the Palmetto Park Square, 1401 West Palmetto Park Road, when a white Nissan entering the parking lot caught the attention of one of the officers. The vehicle had dark tinted windows, only one functioning brake light and was registered to a rental car company. The driver drove through the parking lot, eventually backing into a spot at Denny’s next to a black Chevy, also a rental car. The driver and passenger of the Chevy switched spots and an unidentified male handed the driver, identified as Monica Sande, a rectangular item which Sande later told officers contained a stolen Florida driver’s license.
Officers stopped the Chevy when it left the parking lot and made contact with Sande, who was driving, and the passenger, identified as Demetrius Robinson. Officers smelled an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. When officers spoke with Sande she told them Robinson had given her a check in the name matching the one on the stolen license and she was supposed to cash it at the TD Bank. The check was found concealed between the passenger seat and the center console.
Officers arrested Sande and charged her with criminal use of personal identification, petit theft, violation of probation, and loitering and prowling. Robinson was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, petit theft, loitering and prowling and violation of probation
Additional officers pulled over the Nissan after it failed to stop when exiting the parking lot. Officers made contact with the driver, Autumn Thomas, and passengers James Maxwell, Kennedy Green and Brandy Stewart. Officers smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of the car and subsequently located marijuana on the center console as well as on the seats and floorboards. When officers searched Thomas they located a Visa debit card which belonged to another person concealed in her clothing. Officers also located a Georgia driver’s license and several credit cards, which were taken in an auto burglary in Athens Clarke County, concealed in the headliner of the car. All four suspects gave different reasons for being in the parking lot.
Officers arrested all four and charged them with possession of marijuana and loitering and prowling. Maxwell also had an active warrant out of Ft. Lauderdale for possession of cocaine. Green had an active warrant out of Ft. Lauderdale for sale of cocaine and was in violation of his probation.
Monica Sande Demetrius Robinson Autumn Thomas
DOB 12/06/1984 DOB 12/25/1989 DOB 01/11/1994
Pompano Beach Ft. Lauderdale College Park, GA
James Maxwell Kennedy Green Jr. Brandy Lee Stewart
DOB 12/03/1988 DOB 12/27/1986 DOB 04/27/1982
Lauderdale LakesConyers, GA Hollywood, FL
Suspect steals security guard’s gun, fires it into the air
Boca Raton, FL – During the early morning hours of November 1, 2013, officers from the Boca Raton Police Services Department were called to the clubhouse at the San Marco apartments on Military Trail after a party got out of control.
The security guard told detectives that while he was trying to break up the fight he felt someone grab his firearm. When he turned around, the person holding the gun, later identified as Michael Bell, refused to give it back until the security guard stopped the fight. While trying again to stop the fight, the security guard heard the suspect fire the gun three times into the air. The crowd quickly dispersed and the security guard asked again for Bell to give him his gun. Bell returned the gun and then fled the area.
Detectives located and spoke to Bell. Bell told officers that he and two other friends crashed the party. It was during that time that the fight broke out and one of Bell’s friends was being attacked by five to seven people. Nervous that the fight was going to get out of hand, Bell said he grabbed the gun and fired it in the air.
Bell was arrested and charged with Robbery by Sudden Snatching (firearm), Aggravated Assault and Discharging a Firearm in Public.
Michael Anthony Bell, Jr.
Boca Raton, FL
Two arrested for burglary
After FAU PD finds them prowling on their campus
Boca Raton, FL – On Wednesday, October 30 at about 9:50 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to Highland Beach where they met with Steven Finkelstein who had his American Express card and driver’s license stolen from his car earlier in the evening while at Cinemark, 3200 Airport Road. Mr. Finkelstein was not aware that his property had been taken until he received a phone call from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Police alerting him that two individuals on their campus were in possession of his property.
Several hours earlier, FAU police officers were alerted to two suspicious males in a parking lot on campus. FAU Officers contacted the two males identified as Daniel Mikac and Benjamin Pavoni and subsequently arrested them for loitering and prowling. When officers searched Pavoni, they located property belonging to Mr. Finkelstein. After contacting Mr. Finkelstein and confirming the property was stolen, they notified Boca Raton Police. Once FAU officers processed Mikac and Pavoni, they were transported to the Boca Raton Police Department.
Boca Raton Police detectives interviewed Mikac and Pavoni. Mikac told detectives he and Pavoni had checked car doors at Cinemark until they found one that was unlocked and took Finkelstein’s property.
Officers charged Mikac with burglary to a conveyance and Pavoni with burglary to a conveyance and possession of stolen property.
Daniel Mikac Benjamin Pavoni
DOB 06/30/1988 DOB 03/17/1985
Boca Raton, FL Boca Raton, FL