Police need help with purse snatching
The Stuart Police Department is requesting assistance in identifying a white female that stole a purse on Feb. 9 from an unattended handicap electric scooter at Wal-Mart at 4001 S.W. Federal Highway in Stuart.
According to reports, the purse was taken by a black male wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, sunglasses and a ball cap. The purse was then handed to a white female wearing a green shirt and blue jeans.
The victim's credit card was used on Feb. 10 at J.C. Penny's and Dillard's in the Treasure Coast Mall in Jensen Beach.
If you have any information on either the male or the female, please call Detective Richard Shine at (772) 220-3916.
Click it or ticket campaign begins
The Stuart Police Department is participating with other local law enforcement agencies across Florida to help save lives by enforcing Florida's seat belt laws in the latest "Click It Ticket" enforcement campaign.
Drivers and their passengers should be aware that this 2013 Click It or Ticket seat-belt enforcement campaign started on March 1 and will end on March 16.
A seat-belt violation fine will cost the driver or passenger $113 and a child-restraint violation will cost $163. When you are driving, make sure you are using your seat belt and your passengers are buckled up.
The Stuart Police Department encourages its citizens to please pay special attention, not just during the campaign, but throughout the year. Seat belts save lives.
For any questions, please contact Master Officer Frank Logalbo at (772) 220-3908.
Commercial structure fire
Martin County Fire Rescue responded to a call for a fire alarm at the Hobe Sound Marketplace Plaza, located at the 8900 block of S.E. Bridge Road at 4:48 p.m. March 4.
Upon arrival, crews identified a waterflow alarm and saw smoke in a commercial bakery. The business was closed and crews used forcible entry to gain access to the building.
A single fire sprinkler head was activated and the extinguished the fire, which minimized the potential fire damage. Crews evacuated the smoke from the structure and search for fire extension.
No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation.
Martin County Fire Rescue responded to a call at the Jensen Beach Causeway for injuries from a gas explosion on March 1.
The call was received at 7:36 p.m. from a witness stating there was an explosion on a boat.
Upon arrival, one person was being brought ashore by other boaters.
The patient received burns to the extremities and was transported by air ambulance to Jackson Memorial Hospital burn unit.
No fire damage was reported on the vessel.
- Information compiled from law enforcement and fire rescue news releases.