Boca Police Investigate Weekend Parking Lot Crimes
The first happened in the Publix lot at 4141 North Federal Highway. The victim had just loaded her groceries into her car as she started to drive away a black female opened her passenger door and stole her purse. The suspect left in a maroon vehicle.
At about 9:55 p.m., at the Publix, 1001 South Federal Highway, another victim had her purse stolen. This victim had just loaded her groceries into her car when a black female took the victim’s purse from the shopping cart next to her car. The suspect left in a maroon SUV.
The next crime occurred about 11:30 p.m. on the same night. The victim left a restaurant in Boca Center, 5250 Town Center Circle, and had just gotten into her Bentley convertible, when a thin black male opened the passenger door of her car and sat down. The suspect ordered the victim out of the car, pushed her, and then drove off in the Bentley. The car was later recovered in Broward County.
The last crime happened on Sunday, January 22, just before 9:30 p.m. in the parking lot in front of Publix, 1389 West Palmetto Park Road. The victim told officers he had put his groceries in his car when he noticed an older model, silver sedan backed into the space next to him. When the victim got into his car, there was an unknown male sitting in the passenger seat, pointing a gun at him. The suspect demanded the victim’s keys, but he said he did not have them and got out of the car and quickly walked away. The suspect fled without taking anything and the victim was not injured.
The victim described the suspect as a white or Hispanic male, about 5’6″ tall, thin, wearing dark clothing and a ski mask. He was armed with a long barreled, black and silver handgun.
Criminals are opportunistic and may take advantage of easy targets. By following these simple rules, you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim:
- Awareness is the key to staying safe. Reduce distractions and avoid using your cell phone while walking in parking lots.
- Always keep your purse with you and make sure its contents (especially wallets) are not visible or accessible to others.
- Limit the amount of cash, credit cards, and other valuables that you carry to minimize potential loss.
- Call 911 if you see someone or something that is suspicious.