Boca police: Man on flakka offers ride to woman whose car he stole

Duaine Andrew Knisely is charged with armed robbery and carjacking. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
Duaine Andrew Knisely is charged with armed robbery and carjacking. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

A Vero Beach man told Boca Raton police that he had been on flakka for a week. So he didn’t remember much about robbing a woman at an ATM or stealing her Jeep Wrangler in January 2015.

Police say Duaine Andrew Knisely, 38, held a knife to the woman’s throat Jan. 10, 2015, and demanded $500 from the Chase Bank ATM on North Federal Highway, near Spanish River Boulevard. He then asked for her car keys, but was apologetic while he did it, she told police.

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“You can grab anything from your car before I take it,” the woman recalled Knisely telling her. “If you want, I can give you a ride to where you’re going.”

She declined his offer.

Martin County sheriff’s deputies called Boca Raton police the next day to inform them they’d found the stolen Jeep Wrangler. Knisely was charged with vehicle theft, fleeing police and driving with a suspended license, according to a Boca Raton police report.

Boca officers met Knisely in Martin County where he told them about his drug addiction and admitted to not remembering much of what’d happened at the ATM that night. He’d been high on flakka the whole week.

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He again apologized and showed police the knife he’d used and stored under the driver’s side floor mat in the Jeep.

Knisely spent a year and a half in custody in Martin County, where he was found guilty on charges of fleeing police and driving with a suspended license, court records show.

He was booked Friday afternoon into the Palm Beach County Jail, where he is being held without bond on armed robbery and carjacking charges, according to court records.

Jupiter police: Man with full-face tattoos asleep in stolen truck at Wal-Mart

Robert Hardister is charged with vehicle theft. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
Robert Hardister is charged with vehicle theft. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

A 25-year-old Stuart man is behind bars after Jupiter police found him asleep Friday morning in a Wal-Mart parking lot behind the wheel of a stolen truck.

Robert Hardister told police he’d borrowed the 1998 black Ford F-150 from a friend to move furniture to his new apartment. He’d paid the friend $20, he said.

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He parked in the Indiantown Road Wal-Mart parking lot to get some sleep before a construction gig later that day.

Hardister said he didn’t know the truck was stolen, but police still charged him with vehicle theft.

He has pleaded guilty to multiple theft charges and spent time in jail for them in the last few years, court records show.

Hardister’s distinctive mug shot shows his face nearly covered in tattoos.

If photos from previous bookings in the Palm Beach County Jail are an indication, Hardister appears to have gotten most of the facial ink since Feb. 15, 2013, when he was arrested by Tequesta police for an out of town warrant. In that mugshot, Hardister sports only a tear drop under his right eye and a tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Eleven months later when arrested by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies on a fraud charge, Hardister had added a tattoo to the left side of his neck.

Hardister’s mugshot on Feb. 17, 2013, after an arrest on several charges including burglary shows added artwork including a star under his right eye and lettering on his neck, left cheek and chin.

By the time Hardister was arrested in July for a probation violation, his face was almost entirely tatted up, leaving only a small area on the right side of his face without ink.

Hardister did not show any new markings on his face following his arrest Friday by Jupiter police for alleged vehicle theft. But his hair — brown in previous mugshots — had been bleached blonde.

Hardister is being held in the Palm Beach County jail on a $4,500 bond, according to court records.

 

Boca police: Three men caught with dozens of counterfeit credit cards, cocaine

Boca Raton police pulled over a BMW with three men in it Friday afternoon for running a red light.

But a quick search of the car — and the men’s groin areas — turned up 31 counterfeit credit cards and cocaine.

Cesar Primila is charged with having counterfeit credit cards. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
Cesar Primila is charged with having counterfeit credit cards. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

Cesar Primila, 37, of Aventura and 31-year-old Jucivaldo Amaral of Medianeira, Brazil, were arrested on charges of possessing counterfeit credit cards, according to court records. Johny Araujo Do Amaral, 25 and a Brazilian citizen, faces counterfeit credit card charges in addition to a cocaine possession charge.

Johny Araujo Do Amaral is charged with having counterfeit credit cards and cocaine. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
Johny Araujo Do Amaral is charged with having counterfeit credit cards and cocaine. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

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Boca police were in an unmarked car Friday afternoon at the Publix Super Market in the Palmetto Park Square shopping plaza just east of Interstate 95, according to a police report. Three men in a BMW pulled into the parking lot. Two of the men went into the store separately and returned with items.

The driver, later identified as Primila, pulled out of the parking lot and ran through a red-turn signal on Palmetto Park Road. Primila slowly rolled to a stop when the officers pulled him over.

A license plate search showed the BMW was from Sixt Rent-a-Car. An employee told police none of the men were on the rental agreement and the car was overdue.

Police had the men climb out of the car, which is when they found cocaine near the front passenger seat where Do Amaral had sat. Fifteen counterfeit credit cards were nearby and in plain view, police said. They were wrapped in a rubber band.

Jucivaldo Amaral is charged with having counterfeit credit cards. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
Jucivaldo Amaral is charged with having counterfeit credit cards. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

A search of Primila turned up 15 credit cards stashed in his groin. Do Amaral had eight credit cards near his groin and eight more in his wallet, police said.

Police did not find any credit cards on Amaral, according to their report.

Do Amaral and Primila were being held Monday in the Palm Beach County Jail on $15,000 bonds, court records show.

Amaral was released on a $15,000 bond early Monday, jail records show.

Delray police: Man says he didn’t steal sports car, but took it for ‘joyride’

Anderson
Anderson

A Delray Beach teen got caught Thursday stealing a sports car, but told police that he didn’t actually steal it “rather just went for a joyride,” according to city police.

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Police arrested Jesse Lee Anderson, 19, on Thursday on charges of grand theft auto.

On Sept. 19, a Delray Beach resident reported to police that his 2014 Chevy Camaro was stolen at his apartment east of Interstate 95 just south of Linton Boulevard. He said a spare set of keys was in the car’s glove compartment.

As police investigated, a woman called a few days later and said she saw the same Camaro in her gated community near West Atlantic Avenue that was backed into a parking space. She told police she saw Anderson, and when she tried to say hello to him, he covered his face, mumbled, and walked away.

Police located and arrested Anderson less than a mile away from where the Camaro was parked. As officers questioned Anderson, he said that he knew the car was stolen “but he did not steal it, rather just went for a joyride,” the arrest report states.

Anderson remained in the Palm Beach County Jail on Friday on a $1,000 bail.

Police: Boynton man flees cops on stolen motorcycle, hides in church restroom

Andrews
Andrews

A Boynton Beach man was arrested on Wednesday after leading police on a chase on a stolen motorcycle and then breaking into a church to hide inside a restroom, city police said.

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At around 12:30 a.m. a Boynton Beach officer saw Mazayah Andrews, 31, speeding on a motorcycle that had no license plate. When the officer attempted to pull Andrews over he refused, and led police on a pursuit traveling east on Boynton Beach Boulevard.

Andrews finally stopped after running a red light at Boynton Beach Boulevard and North Federal Highway. He then deserted the motorcycle and fled on foot.

Police found the abandoned motorcycle, and K-9 units tracked down Andrews at St. Marks Church hiding in the girl’s bathroom, police said.

As an officer handcuffed Andrews he allegedly said he was “sorry” and that his license was suspended because of “child support delinquency,” the arrest report states.

Officers discovered that Andrews had 12 suspensions in the last year, with 10 of them for child support delinquency.

A priest from St. Marks Church told officers that Andrews trespassed into the church because the gates surrounding the building were locked.

Andrews was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding officers, driving with a suspended license, grand theft auto and burglary. He remains in Palm Beach County Jail held on a $4,000 bail.

PBSO: WPB man jailed at least 43 times; arrested again for car burglary

William Nelson
Nelson

Arrested at least 43 times, a West Palm Beach man got arrested again on Wednesday after he allegedly stole a construction company’s truck and $5,000 worth of items inside.

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The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said that William Nelson, 54, has previously been arrested 18 times for burglary, 11 times for theft, and 14 times for grand theft auto.

At around 8 a.m. on Sunday, PBSO deputies responded to a home west of South Military Trail in West Palm Beach about a stolen vehicle. The victim, identified as Ciro Gonzalez, told deputies that a white Chevrolet van he uses for work was missing from his driveway.  The van is owned by Gonzalez’s boss and can only be used with permission, the police report states.

Gonzalez’s boss told deputies he received a voicemail on his phone early in the morning asking if he gave a man named William Nelson permission to use the van, but he and Gonzalez confirmed to officers that they do not know Nelson.

Deputies later discovered that an officer pulled over Nelson at around 3 a.m. the same morning in the stolen van at an Exxon gas station less than half a mile away from Gonzalez’s home. The officer gave Nelson traffic citations for driving without his tail lights on and driving without a valid license. During the traffic stop Nelson’s behavior “appeared unusual and alarming,” the arrest report states. Nelson then left the scene on foot when the officer instructed him to leave.

Once Gonzalez and deputies arrived to the stolen van, Gonzalez said $5,200 worth of work tools were missing such as roofing guns, handsaws and an air compressor.

Deputies located Nelson at his home and arrested him on charges of grand theft auto, burglary and grand theft of less than $10,000. He is currently at Palm Beach County Jail on a $9,000 bond.

Man crashes into Palm Tran bus in stolen pickup, tries to flee scene

Elliott
Elliott

A homeless man is facing charges after he crashed a stolen vehicle into a Palm Tran bus in Lake Worth, then attempted to flee the scene, according to an arrest report.

Ryan W. Elliott is facing charges of motor vehicle theft and hit and run involving injury. He is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bail.

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According to witnesses, Elliott slammed a Ford pickup truck into the rear of a Palm Tran bus at 18th Avenue North and North Dixie Highway. The witnesses said Elliott did not make any attempt to stop before the crash.

Elliott, 25, then jumped out of the passenger door and took off running, telling a witness he was going to get his insurance card, the report said.

Because of injuries sustained in the crash, Elliott only managed to get about 50 yards from the crash scene when he was taken into custody by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies.

The pickup was confirmed as stolen and reported to be involved in several hit-and-run crashes throughout the county, the report said.

Elliott told deputies the truck belonged to a friend. Asked why his friend would report it stolen, Elliott said “maybe because he borrowed it too long,” the report said.

Royal Palm man used attempted robbery as cover to steal car from woman

A Royal Palm Beach man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly used an attempted armed robbery as cover to steal a car from a woman, according to an arrest report.

Wasielewski
Wasielewski

Brandon Madison Wasielewski is facing charges of vehicle theft, fleeing and eluding police and resisting an officer without violence. Wasielewski, 35, is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $6,000 bail.

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The victim told West Palm Beach police she was returning to her vehicle — a 2014 Jeep — after using an ATM at 1974 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard when a man approached her holding a gun, the report said. The woman ran to a friend who was waiting nearby at a stoplight in his vehicle.

The friend drove the woman back to her car.  They were approached by Wasielewski, who pointed out the direction the armed robber had fled.

When the woman and her friend went to investigate, Wasielewski jumped in victim’s Jeep and took off, the report said.

The Jeep was spotted on 45 Street and N. Congress Avenue by West Palm Beach police.  When an attempt was made to stop the vehicle on Interstate 95 and 45th Street, Wasielewski took off.

Wasielewski crashed the Jeep on 69th Drive North in Jupiter then was run down after a short foot pursuit, the report said.

 

Man in Boca arrested after stealing car; blames girlfriend, police say

A Georgia man, who told police a stolen car belonged to his girlfriend, was arrested Thursday, according to Boca Raton Police.

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At around 3 a.m. officers conducted a security check in a parking lot located on North Military Trail when they found Robert Spivey, 29, sleeping inside a grey 2001 Ford Taurus that did not have a license plate.

Spivey told officers that he was sleeping in the car because he was “working at a construction site at the rear of the parking lot,” the arrest report said,  He then told police that the car belonged to his girlfriend, who was supposed to report that the car was stolen last week.

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Robert Spivey
Robert Spivey

Officers asked where Spivey’s girlfriend was and he told them he did not know, but that she knew he had the car since Sept. 10. Spivey could not provide documentation for the car or prove that he worked for a construction company, police said.

Police checked the car’s VIN number and discovered it was reported stolen by the Miami Gardens Police Department on Sept. 10 and that Spivey was a suspect.

Officers tried to contact Spivey’s girlfriend but “the number he provided was no longer in service,” the report said. They also discovered Spivey had two arrest warrants: one in Tennessee and another in Georgia.

Spivey was arrested on a charge of grand theft auto and taken to Palm Beach County Jail. He is being held on a $4,500 bond.

Convicted felon in stolen vehicle films police chase; posts to Facebook

A convicted felon sitting in the back of a stolen car used his cell phone to film as the vehicle reached 100 mph while being pursued by at least two police agencies, according to an arrest report.

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Anderson
Anderson

While Antonio Anderson was being arrested, he received a notification that the video had been shared by one of his Facebook friends.

Officers watched on Facebook as Anderson allegedly talked about ditching a firearm out the window and then urges the stolen vehicle’s driver to ram a patrol car.

Anderson, of West Palm Beach, is facing charges two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count each of carrying a prohibited weapon, destroying evidence and possession of burglary tools. Anderson, 19, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Steven Joseph, the alleged driver from Lake Worth, is facing several charges including motor vehicle theft and fleeing and eluding without regard to safety and is being held in lieu of $11,000 bail.

Juno Beach police attempted to pull over a Nissan that was speeding on the 13600 block of U.S Highway 1 at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, the report said.

The Nissan did not stop and eventually reached 100 mph while traveling on a section of Indiantown Road with a 45 mph speed limit.

Juno Beach police gave up the chase but the Nissan was spotted by Jupiter police more than an hour later. With police in pursuit, the Nissan drove on the wrong side of Military Trail into on-coming traffic, the report said.

While fleeing police, a backseat passenger, later identified as Anderson, threw a firearm out the window.

The vehicle came to a stop in Palm Beach Gardens where Joseph and Anderson were arrested. Burglary tools, marijuana and ammunition were found in the car, the report said. The gun Anderson allegedly tossed was found by Palm Beach Gardens police.

An officer saw Anderson filming from the back of the Nissan as it fled police.

Anderson refused to unlock his phone for police. But as Anderson’s property was being confiscated, the phone beeped, showing that video had been shared by one of his Facebook friends.

A transcript of the video’s audio details Anderson providing Joseph information and instruction.

“Steve … drive on the wrong side of the road …,” Anderson tells Joseph.

Anderson allegedly also makes threatening and racist remarks during the chase.

“I should bust your [expletives],” Anderson says as a patrol car pulls up along side the Honda.

State records show that Anderson was convicted of motor vehicle theft and grand theft in October 2014 and served nearly nine months in jail before he was released in August 2015.