BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Patch Reef Park at 2000 Yamato Road is one of the most popular parks in Boca Raton. But it is also one with the highest number of thefts in the area.
While families play in the water park area or friends play basketball, thieves continue to prey on vehicles where drivers leave valuables like phones, iPads and wallets in plain view. There is frequently an unoccupied Boca Raton police car in the lot, but the empty car is apparently doing little to stem the ongoing theft problem.
This is not just a Boca problem. Thefts and smash and grabs are happening in parks throughout the region, but Patch Reef is repeatedly listed in police reports as the scene of a theft. Boca's South Beach park — at the beach — and Sugar Sand are also often on the “hit list.”
In the latest report, a woman admitted that she left her purse in plain view and he car unlocked. The purse was gone when she returned from the basketball courts at Patch Reef.
As signs warn park patrons throughout the area: lock your cars and keep valuables with you. It only takes a well-practiced thief seconds to break in and take what is yours.