GREENACRES — Late last month, three marked Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars were broken into in the city, Sean Murray, a sheriff’s office captain, told the City Council Monday night.
“This is very significant and going with the times,” Murray said in his monthly report. “People who break into patrol cars is out of control.”
Murray said PBSO has created a task force to deal with the problem.
No guns were stolen, but a police radio was taken, Murray said.
As for reducing the number of bike thefts in the city, the sheriff’s office has started Operation Bait Bike, where it places a high-end bicycle outside and waits to see if anyone steals it.
Murray said the city did that recently, leaving a $400 bicycle equipped with a GPS in plain view.
“In eight hours no one took the bike at any location,” Murray said. “One guy watched the bike for 30 minutes .We thought we were going to have to call the paramedics for him because he wanted to steal it so bad. He kept looking at the bike, but thankfully he didn’t take it.”
Still bike thefts has been an issue in Greenacres, mostly in front of community stores, Murray said.
“We’ve had a lot of bike thefts,” he said.
As for prostitution stings, PBSO conducted one last month on Military Trail and arrested 15 people, Murray said.
The sheriff’s office is also sending undercover officers into massage parlors posing as customers, Murray said.
Like in Lake Worth, PBSO is encouraging Greenacres residents to get more involved in their community. The city now has a Citizens On Patrol program where residents patrol the streets to keep them safer. The program has 12 volunteers so far, Murray said.
“They’re our eyes and ears,” Murray said. “We want people to be invested in the city.”