On January 4, 2013, Officer Gray responded to
Wal-Mart 3200 Old Boynton Road
for a crash investigation. While driving through the parking lot, Officer Gray
noticed a suspicious vehicle driving around the lot. Knowing this particular
parking lot/business is a feeding ground for different crimes, he checked the
tag on the vehicle and it came back stolen out of Port St. Lucie in an armed
carjacking. Officer Gray covertly called it out on the radio and let the males
park the vehicle. He waited until they were about to enter the Wal-mart before
approaching the three suspects. He made small talk while waiting for back-up to
arrive, then took all three in custody without incident. A loaded shotgun was
recovered in the stolen vehicle. Officer Gray not only had the intuition to
know something wasn’t right but he also was coy enough to trick them into not fleeing
on foot or in the vehicle and apprehending them all. Great Job!
On January 9, 2013, Officer Gray stopped a vehicle
in the 1600 block of NE 1st
Street for a seat belt violation. That stop
resulted in the arrest of the driver for felonies. Recovered was over 50 grams
of Marijuana packaged for sale. Another drug dealer off the streets because of
a simple traffic stop.
On January 29, 2013, Officer Gray responded to a
simple credit card fraud case in progress at the Best Buy at 550 North Congress Avenue to assist road
patrol units. Instead of running into the store like most officers do, he
checked the parking lot for the vehicle/driver that was supposed to be waiting
for the fraud suspect out in the parking lot somewhere. The Vehicle/Driver saw
Officer Gray enter the lot and started moving away. Officer Gray went after the
vehicle and waited for him to park. He did this without spooking the driver, which led to an easy apprehension. The vehicle and both suspects were involved
in a snatch and grab Robbery in Greenacres jurisdiction and were using the
victim's credit cards to purchase items at Best Buy. Both men were charged with
that robbery. In addition to this, the vehicle they were driving was a stolen
vehicle from our jurisdiction. Although several officers assisted in this case, I feel Officer Gray’s actions led to the success of this case.
Officer Gray was been instrumental in
several cases during the month of January, and hands down deserves to be the
Boynton Beach Police Department’s January Officer of the Month.
Great work, Officer Gray!