Deputies catch gopher tortoise poacher at state park, admits he consumes the threatened species

From MCSO: “A Martin County Sheriff’s deputy answering a call reference a ‘man down’ at Seabranch Preserve State Park in Stuart Sunday evening, quickly discovered why 28-year old Robert Lane was on the ground. Lane had just pulled two endangered Gopher Tortoises from their hole, and was on the ground searching for others … Click here to read more

MCSO local fraud alert: Scammers using your family info to obtain thousands of $$$ of gift cards

“A clerk at a local Wal-Mart store is credited with saving a Jensen Beach woman $3,000, after the woman received a phone call that her grandson was in trouble. The woman reported that she received a call from a male who she thought was her grandson … Click here to read more

Woman carjacked outside fitness center in Palm City

From CBS12 — “A trip to the gym Saturday afternoon turned into a harrowing ordeal for a woman from Stuart. The woman became the victim of a carjacking at gunpoint. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office said the carjacking happened in the parking lot of Anytime Fitness in Palm City … Click here to read more

Backpage shutdown means more street prostitution, MCSO says

From WPTV: “Backpage, a popular website used to solicit sex was shut down by the feds this week. In Martin County, deputies are expecting more women to sell themselves on the street now as a result. As much as Backpage made it easier to buy and sell sex, investigations into the illegal trade would often start there.  … Click here to read more

MCSO: Alert tellers at Palm City’s Bank of America initiated a crime prevention chain reaction

“A Miami man on a mission to steal $5,000 by attempting to cash a fraudulent check at a Palm City Bank, underestimated the skill of the players behind the counter. The check that 31-year old Vicente Rodriguez of Miami presented to tellers at Bank of America on SW Martin Downs Boulevard … Click here to read more

Overdoses rise: MCSO Narcotics Detectives, federal agents continue to target local dealers

From MCSO: “The number of overdoses in our area rise as Martin County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Detectives continue their efforts to get dangerous and addictive drugs off of our streets. Since the beginning of the year, local law enforcement has responded to 55-reported overdoses of which 11 have resulted in deaths … Click here to read more

Jensen Beach Toys “R’ Us struggles: No sympathy from thief who stole $1700+ in merchandise

From Martin County Sheriff’s Office: “30-year old Ishella Silvena Richards of Deerfield Beach paid little attention to price reductions at the Toys “R” Us store in Jensen Beach. Instead, she didn’t want to pay anything at all. That’s why she loaded up her shopping cart with over $1,700 worth of toys and other items and headed out the door … Click here to read more

Armed and dangerous suspect pursued: Dramatic takedown at 95/High Meadows exit in Palm City

From The Martin County Sheriff’s Office: “A 2 a.m. call about a suspected armed and dangerous carjacker moving through Martin County had a dramatic ending following a pursuit through Martin County over the weekend. … Click here to read more

Brush fires cause road closures

From The Martin County Sheriff’s Office: “Firefighters worked to contain a brush fire in St. Lucie County as well as a fire in Indiantown Wednesday night. Murphy Road running into … Click here to read more

Martin County Sheriff’s Office weekend incident brief: Jensen Beach, Loblolly, Indiantown

A Hobe Sound man who told deputies he was homeless was charged with robbing a man who just withdrew money from an ATM machine. Detectives are investigating three residential burglaries that occurred to homes in the Loblolly Community in Hobe Sound. An Indiantown woman received minor injuries after the trash pile she was burning got out of control … Click here to read more

Martin County Sheriff’s Office investigators search for Chase Bank robbery suspect

From MCSO: “Investigators are working to identify the suspect who robbed the Chase Bank on Cove Road and US 1 just before 2pm Saturday. The suspect implied he had a gun, but no weapon was seen … Click here to read more