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Port St. Lucie Police is asking for help in stopping thefts of water Backflow Preventer Valves.

Port St. Lucie Police Detectives are working several cases where local businesses reported that the water to their business was turned off and later discovered that the water backflow preventer valves were stolen. Port St. Lucie Utilities Department notified police that there have been four (4) incidents of this type of theft between October 11, 2013 thru November 20, 2013.

The locations within the City of Port St. Lucie are as listed:

1037 SE Holbrook Court

465 SW Thornhill Drive

871 SW South Macedo Boulevard

1379 SW Biltmore Street

Port St. Lucie Police has been informed that other surrounding agencies have experienced similar thefts. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Atlantis Police Department, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Lauderdale Police Department, Boca Raton Police Department and Delray Beach Police Department have all experienced thefts of water backflow preventer valves within their jurisdiction.

Police are asking for residents and business owners to pay close attention to any unusual or odd visits by persons claiming to be working on the water valves. If a business owner or resident notices that their water has been shut off; you should immediately contact authorities and check your main water backflow preventer valve to see if any suspicious person(s) are tampering with the system. Any information regarding the identification of the suspects is greatly appreciated.

If anyone has any information they should call Detective Robert Perkins at (772) 344-4124 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273 TIPS.

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The City of Port St. Lucie has been experiencing a number of auto burglaries in public parks, gyms, and day cares. The suspects are smashing out the vehicle window and removing the victims purses. The personal identification in the purses are later used to commit fraud related crimes. Over the last several weeks the city of Port St. Lucie has experienced 15 of these types of burglaries. Some of the victims credit card or checks are used after the crime. The attached photographs are of three individuals using the credit card and cashing stolen checks. The Port St. Lucie Police Department is asking for help to identify these individuals. 


On April 18, 2012 between 1:00 AM and 4:20 AM, the unidentified male above is believed to have been involved in a vehicle burglary at 2308 Winding Creek Lane and a residential burglary and a vehicle burglary at 4326 Winding Place.

The subject appears to be a white male, between 18 and 20 years old, 200 to 220 lbs, short hair cut and clean shaven. The subject was wearing a long sleeve blue shirt.

If you can identify this subject or locate him, please notify:

Detective William Minogue's Office: 772/467-6836


Detective Justin Rahn's Office: 772/467-6837

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