Crime stayed low in Wellington in 2016, according to recently released statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The village only had 651 arrests in 2016, compared to 774 in the previous year. The most common crime in Wellington was larceny, which accounted for more than 1/3 of total crime. Larceny dropped in 2016 to 258 from 360 in 2015, according to the numbers.
Drug arrests were the second largest number with 133. Some have considered Wellington insulated from the drug problems of some other local municipalities, but four members of the Village Council sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott asking that he declare a public health emergency connected to the heroin crisis. Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig didn’t sign the letter because she didn’t like the tone, but she later sent her own letter to Scott.
The third most common crime was simple assault with 79 followed by 60 DUIs.
Murders increased to 2 from 1 in 2015. Frederick Odom, 53, was found dead in the Environmental Preserve and Dalton Dobkins, 17, was killed in his home in November. Roger Ponce, 37, was also shot and killed by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputies when he refused to drop knives that he was holding.