DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — It’s not being called a “crime wave,” but there is seemingly a disproportionate number of “incidents” being investigated by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in Seven Bridges, a new-ish community on Lyons Road between Clint Moore and Atlantic heavily advertised in New York City and throughout Florida. In the latest incident: a Cartier watch valued at $7,000 was stolen from a house on Cabernet Drive. The homeowner believes it was the “cleaning crew” which police say has been “unreachable” since the report was filed.
This follows by just days the report of a diamond ring and computer being stolen from an unlocked vehicle — sitting on a driveway — in the development. Over the past year, PBSO has been called to investigate car thefts, car break-ins, and reports of residential burglaries in Seven Bridges. While statistically seemingly leading the pack, Seven Bridges is not alone when it comes to crime on the Lyons Road corridor between Clint Moore and Atlantic. There have been similar incidents in the Oaks, The Bridges, Mizner Country Club and Stone Creek Ranch.
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Multiple law enforcement sources tell us that many of the car thefts and burglaries are likely carried out by an organized band of teens who travel in from Broward County and are trained to circumvent guard gates and private security. In the case of car thefts and car burglaries, almost every incident involved an unlocked vehicle with keys left inside.
One source tells BocaNewsNow.com that television ads touting the value of the homes in Seven Bridges — running in Florida and on WCBS-TV in New York City — raise the profile of the community, and neighboring communities, to organized thieves.
While deputies patrol all communities throughout Palm Beach County, BocaNewsNow.com has learned there is no “traffic patrol” agreement in place between PBSO and Seven Bridges, The Bridges, The Oaks, Mizner Country Club and Stone Creek Ranch. Agreements, which are in place with some but certainly not all HOAs throughout Palm Beach County, often raise the presence of marked patrol cars in a community.
PBSO reminds all to place valuables in safes, lock car doors, carry key fobs with you, install bright lighting and use cameras when possible.
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