Thomas Paciornik

Boca Police Arrest Homeless Man Using Publix Shopping Cart

Boca Raton Florida News

POLICE REPORT: “I placed suspect into handcuffs for possession of presumably stolen shopping cart.”

Thomas Paciornik, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A shopping cart is safe and an area homeless man is facing a criminal charge after allegedly using a Publix shopping cart to store his belongings near the beach.

Boca Raton Police rescued the shopping cart from the area of 2 North Ocean Blvd. on Thursday. The arrest report was just processed by the Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts.

The two page report reveals that a Boca Raton officer responded to what some might call an assault, but was ultimately documented as the “illegal possession of a shopping cart.” It all started when a man named Thomas Paciornik allegedly spit at another man who called police.

“I met with the caller,” wrote the officer, “who advised that the suspect, later identified as Thomas Paciornik, was sitting on the beach below the pavilion before coming up to the pavilion to ask for a lighter. The caller advised Paciornik that he did not have one at which point Paciornik returned to the sand. Shortly after, Paciornik returned to the pavilion accusing the caller of kicking sand off of the pavilion and onto Paciornik. It should be noted that there was no sand observed on the pavilion as it is about 20 feet above the sand. The caller then alleged that Paciornik became irate and subsequently deliberately spat on the right side of the caller’s face. At this point in time, there were no witnesses or cameras to establish this occurred.”

As the officer investigated, Paciornik apparently came to the “scene.” The officer noted that Paciornik smelled of alcohol and “advised that he had been drinking all day.” He denied spitting on the caller.

“Paciornik then advised that he still had several items on the beach that he had to collect before leaving, at which point I escorted him to the closed beach while he collected his belongings. It should be noted that while Paciornik was collecting his stuff, he began screaming at a passerby for no legitimate reason. After getting back to the pavilion area, Paciornik advised that he needed to get his shopping cart from the bathroom area so he can store his belongings in it. I followed him to the bathrooms where I observed him beginning to push a shopping cart with the logo of Publix, a grocery store with several stores in the area. I asked if the shopping cart was his and he said ‘yes.” Paciornik then immediately advised “no, it belongs to Publix, I am going to drop it off.”

The officer wrote that he then placed Paciornik into handcuffs and placed him under arrest “for possession of the presumably stolen shopping cart.” A Publix store manager was notified and said she would collect the shopping cart the next day.

Paciornik was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on the actual charge of “illegal possession of a shopping or laundry cart.” He was later released on his own recognizance.

There is no word concerning the reunification of the shopping cart with its brothers and sisters. Paciornik, however, has a pending court date.


Paul Saperstein


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