Update: A homeowner in Bayberry (Boca Winds) said she saw two black males in a older white pickup “casing the neighborhood”. They were not young, perhaps in their 30s or 40s, and she saw them two or three times. The location is very close to the Boca Falls burglary in this story and the description seems to match what the homeowner saw when she walked in on the burglars.
Two burglary incidents attracted a lot of attention in the past 24 hours, one yesterday afternoon in Boca Falls and early this morning in Boca Madera.
Readers alerted us to an incident yesterday in and near Boca Falls at the west end of Glades Road and Palmetto Park Road. Several police cars were seen, some on Glades Road near the Boca Falls entrance with others on or near Palmetto. Readers also saw a police helicopter. We arrived on the scene about an hour later and saw one police car at Palmetto and Riverside along with the helicopter. One of our readers described the incident as he heard it:
[The homeowner] walked into her house and her house was being robbed! She saw them and they saw her and then they ran out the back and she ran out the front. They did take items from her house. From what she said, they came in by piggybacking through the gate. Hopefully word will get out and our neighborhood will take precautions and this doesn’t happen again!
Various sources tell us that police were looking for two black males in a white pickup; the pickup “piggy backed” through the gate near Waters Edge Elementary School; Waters Edge went on a “Code Yellow” lockdown for about an hour; and that Boca Falls was already considering measures to improve gate security and this incident is likely to accelerate changes. The reference to piggy backing is when an unauthorized vehicle follows closely behind an authorized vehicle to get through a gate before it closes. Another reader forwarded us this notice from Waters Edge Elementary:
Please know that for everyone’s safety, we were on a Code Yellow today from approximately 12:25-1:25 pm due to some unusual activity in Boca Falls– we are now “All Clear”. All students and staff remained in the building and they did a fabulous job following our expectations. We appreciate everyone’s support during this time.
Early this morning there was a burglary in the Boca Madera neighborhood which is on the east side of Jog Road north of Glades near the St. Andrews School. It’s inside the city line but still what we consider West Boca (west of Military Trail). Boca Raton Police notified the community (via Facebook and Twitter) of the incident and warned residents to stay inside. Not too long after they followed up with an all-clear notice: WPTV reports that two men were arrested after a search was conducted by Boca Raton PD and a PBSO helicopter. We do not see any blotter entries that fit yet, but it was only a few hours ago and usually takes longer than that for them to show up. Note that the correct spelling of the neighborhood is Boca Madera (Madera is Spanish for wood), not Madeira (a Portuguese wine).
The 33434 zip code includes homes between 441 and St. Andrews Blvd, North of Glades Road to Yamato Road. Neighborhoods in this area include Boca West Country Club, Hamptons at Boca Raton, Woodfield Hunt Club, Santa Barbara and Century Village. Boca West Country Club is a top rated country club with four championship golf courses and 31 tennis courts. The Aquatics Center has lots of activities and a sprawling free form pool. The Sports Center has a fitness center and aerobics studio. The community has six restaurants. All homeowners must pay an initial $70,000 membership fee. Close to Town Center Mall, the Club has entrances on Glades Road and Yamato Road. Located in the exclusive “The Island” section of Boca West Country Club, the contemporary home at 7673 Wood Duck Drive sold for $2.6 million. We wrote about this house in September. This newly constructed home has 7,038 sq. feet of living space with plenty of custom features and views of the lake and golf view. There are 4 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms as well as an office, flex room and theater. The flex room could be converted to a bedroom also. The floor plan is impressive. The master bedroom has separate his and her closets, his and her sinks and a sitting area with direct access to the patio. The large kitchen is open to a has a stunning azure tile backsplash and top of the line appliances. The home has expansive impact glass windows. The backyard has a resort-style pool with a covered patio, outdoor kitchen and lanai. The outdoor kitchen has a built in grill, sink and refrigerator. Another special feature is the 4 car oversized garage with plenty of extra room for two golf carts with their own garage doors. 19860 Planters Boulevard C sold for $300,000. This condo has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in 1955 sq. feet of living space. Woodfield Hunt Club is a gated community located on Jog Road just south of Yamato Road. The community has two parks, 5 tennis courts and basketball courts. There is a large clubhouse as well. Non-equity memberships in Woodfield Country club are available to residents. Students attend Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School. 4352 NW 29th Way sold for $615,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 2978 sq. feet of living space. 3015 Canterbury Drive sold for $565,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3064 sq. feet of living space. 3740 Canterbury Court sold for $1.150 million. It has 5 bedrooms and 4.1 bathrooms in 5035 sq. feet of living space. 3035 Hampton Place sold for $990,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 4.1 bathrooms in 4916 sq. feet of living space. 3272 Saint Charles Way sold for $1.6 million. It has 5 bedrooms and 5.2 bathrooms in 6190 sq. feet of living space. Boca Madera 2564 NW 37th Street sold for $330,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in 1864 sq. feet of living space. 3089 NW 25th Way sold for $377,500. It has 3 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 2449 sq. feet of living space. Glen Oaks 2771 NW 49th Street sold for $390,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2596 sq. feet of living space. New Floresta is a small community on Potomac Road between Jog Road and St. Andrews Blvd. There are sidewalks throughout the community and large lots. Students attend Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School. 2685 NW 29th Avenue sold for $472,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2488 sq. feet of living space. 2799 NW 27th Terrace sold for $620,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3219 sq. feet of living space. Santa Barbara is a gated community with a clubhouse, a newly refurbished fitness room, tennis courts and resort style pool and spa. It is located close to the Town Center Mall between St. Andrews and Jog Road just north of Glades Road. Public school students mostly attend Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School. The houses in the neighborhood are tightly packed together with zero lot lines. 20678 NW 27th Avenue sold for $630,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 2785 sq. feet of living space. 6230 NW 23rd Street sold for $600,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 3036 sq. feet of living space. Wedgewood 8537 Eagle Run Drive sold for $369,900. It has 4 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 2403 sq. feet of living space. Boca Bay 9612 Carousel Circle N sold for $382,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2322 sq. feet of living space.