West Palm police: Man ‘pleasured himself’ in county jail after glimpsing woman

John Mongiovi is charged with indecent exposure and grand theft. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
John Mongiovi is charged with indecent exposure and grand theft. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

John Mongiovi told West Palm Beach police he “could not help himself” as he sat in a Palm Beach County Jail cell Monday night.

The 45-year-old said he had to “pleasure himself” because he’d heard a woman and “saw her through the crack in the window blind,” he told police.

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The West Palm Beach man now is charged with indecent exposure in public, in addition to the felony theft charges that originally landed him in jail, court records show.

Police say video footage from earlier that day shows Mongiovi and another man stealing more than $300 worth of hygienic products from the Target store on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.

Mongiovi and Dean Fishman went to the store twice Monday, according to a police report. They are accused of stealing body spray, deodorants and Axe products.

Mongiovi is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail on a $15,000 bond, court records show. Fishman, also arrested on theft charges, also remained in the jail, with his bail set at $6,500, according to online records.



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


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


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

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.

Jupiter police: Construction worker stole jewelry, credit card from home

Joseph Neal Cox is charged with grand theft. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
Joseph Neal Cox is charged with grand theft. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

A Port St. Lucie man turned a construction gig at an upscale Jupiter home into a shopping spree last month, town police say.

Joseph Neal Cox, 33, was working early August at a home in Loxahatchee Reserve North, west of Island Way and north of Indiantown Road. That’s when police say he took thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and a Macy’s credit card from the home. Cox was arrested Wednesday on grand theft charges, jail records show.

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The home’s owners first contacted police when Macy’s contacted them about potentially fraudulent charges on their store credit card, according to a police report. Someone had bought shorts, shoes and pants from Macy’s online and at the store’s Treasure Coast Square location.

The card had last been on a dresser in the couple’s bedroom closet, they told police. When they went to look for it the card and thousands of dollars worth of jewelry were missing.

The jewelry included an $11,000 diamond engagement ring, a $3,000 diamond bracelet, a nearly $2,000 gold wedding band, they told police.

The only people who had access to the home were constructors, they said.

Police talked to Cox’ former boss, who said Cox had been let go for rummaging through another customer’s dresser days after the Jupiter incident. The former boss confirmed Cox had been working at the home. The address the fraudulent purchases had been sent to was where Cox had been living, his former boss told police.

The woman who lived in the Jupiter home told police she’d seen one of the workers leaving her bedroom not long before the fraudulent purchases were made. She identified Cox as that man in a photo lineup.

Cox is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail on a $5,000 bond, according to court records.

PBSO: West Palm Beach man steals, pawns items from sister for crack

A West Palm Beach man accused of stealing items from his sister and pawning them to buy crack cocaine has been arrested, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

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Kevin Flynn
Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn’s sister told deputies that she discovered numerous pawn transaction receipts at a home she shares with her mother on Amaryllis Lane. The receipts showed that Flynn pawned jewelry, an A/C window unit, a CD recorder, and a lap top, the arrest report states.

When the sister noticed the items, which belonged to her, were missing she confronted Flynn, who said he pawned the items for cash at two pawn shops on South Military Trail, according to the report. He then admitted that he “needed money” to buy crack cocaine, the report said. The items he pawned valued a total of  $2,850, police said.

Deputies arrested Flynn on charges of false ownership of property and dealing in stolen property. He is being held at Palm Beach County Jail on a $17,500 bond.

Wellington man steals phone, demands $1.75 to return it

A man in Wellington landed himself in jail on Tuesday after stealing a cell phone at a gas station and then asking $1.75 as a “reward” to give it back.

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Eric Ware
Eric Ware

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Eric Ware, 45, went to a Chevron gas station located on Forest Hill Boulevard and stole an employee’s phone. Before leaving, Ware demanded that the employee or store clerk give him $1.75 before he returned the phone.

Both refused his offer, and Ware gave back the phone. He then started to harass the employee and store clerk, acting “belligerent” in the store, the police report states.

Deputies arrived escorted Ware out of the store, who struggled to get away by grabbing a deputy’s arm.

Ware was arrested on charges of trespassing and resisting an officer with violence. He is being held on a $3,000 bond.

PBSO: WPB man spent more than $5K on work credit card for gambling

Jayrol Abrego
Jayrol Abrego

A man in West Palm Beach has been accused by his boss of spending more than $5,000 on a company’s credit card without permission to gamble at a track and casino facility.

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The business owner of Freshwater Electrics reported to police that Jayrol Abrego, 34, made seven unauthorized charges on the credit card at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, totaling $5,731.95, according to the police report.

Detectives went to the Kennel Club to obtain surveillance video and captured Abrego on video using the card to withdraw cash. Freshwater’s owner was able to identify his employee in the video and told police that the credit card is supposed to be used for gas and company supplies only.

Police arrested Abrego, who admitted to officers that he knowingly used the card without permission. He was charged with grand theft and is being held on a $21,000 bond at the Palm Beach County Jail.


PBSO: Mover stole $12,500 in jewelry from Delray-area woman


A suburban Delray Beach woman’s one-mile move nearly turned into a $12,500 loss after deputies say one of the movers stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from her.

Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies arrested Brandon Jamiel Jograj on grand theft and fraud charges Tuesday morning after they say he pocketed five of the woman’s jewelry pieces, then tried to sell them days later at a Boca Raton pawnshop.

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In late July the woman hired movers from a Coral Springs moving company to pack up her house, according to a sheriff’s office report.

The team of four movers took her drawers filled with jewelry and “dumped them into cardboard box cartons,” she told deputies. When she unpacked later that day she noticed jewelry missing — $12,500 worth of it.

Among the jewelry said to be missing: a 14-karat gold pocket watch valued at $5,000, a gold engagement ring and a gold rope chain.

Four days later deputies say 31-year-old Jograj of Boca Raton tried to pawn the jewelry in Boca Raton.

He is out of the Palm Beach County Jail on a $15,000 bond, jail records indicate.



PBSO: Riviera man steals dozens of deodorants from drug store


The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office called the K-9 unit and helicopter to help find him a Riviera Beach man Friday who took off from a West Palm Beach CVS with nearly three dozen sticks of deodorant and multiple electric shavers.

Deputies say 52-year-old Vernon Lee White fled the CVS on Forest Hill Boulevard near Haverhill Road at about 11 a.m. Friday in a getaway car, which had been stolen, with two other people.

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Inside, deputies say the Riviera man had about $300 worth of stolen merchandise he put into three plastic Family Dollar bags.

The three took deputies on a four-mile chase north, ending at the Wal-Mart on Belvedere Road. While he was detained in the back of a patrol car, White said Sheriff Ric Bradshaw will have “lots of blood on his hands” when White is released from jail, according to a sheriff’s office report. Deputies said White made several other threats to shoot law enforcement, as well.

White is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail on a $15,000 bond on charges of retail theft and threatening officers.