In early January, a BOLO (Be on the Look Out) was issued by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department in reference to an individual that was an original member of the “Dinner Set Gang”. This group of individuals burglarized homes from Fort Lauderdale to Jupiter in the 1980’s and 1990’s. This BOLO was information on that individual who served 22 years for crimes committed while a member of this group. The BOLO gave precise details as to what the individual was driving and the license plate information.
On January 22nd at approximately 1600 hours, this vehicle entered the South Gate of PGA National. USO Rebecca Tubb was posted on the gate and noticed a vehicle fitting the description. She immediately studied the BOLO and positively identified the driver and vehicle. After making positive identification, USO Tubb notified her shift Supervisor and calls were made to the Palm Beach Gardens Police.
Wackenhut Area Supervisor Tom Hartog was at PGA National when the call came over the radio. Tom notified Wackenhut’s West Palm Beach office which also sent support. PGA National Supervisor, Major Keith Echols, was about t go off duty, but he stayed and began patrolling the community in his own vehicle. Shift Supervisor Lt. Dave Montague, Zone 1 officer CPO Trevor Snyder and Zone 2 officer CPO Harvey Friedman all patrolled surrounding neighborhoods. Tom Hartog began patrolling in his own vehicle and later office staff, Mark Dolan and Ed Rodriguez from West Palm assisted by patrolling in theirs own vehicle.
Palm Beach Gardens Police arrived on scene and established a perimeter around PGA National, placing a marked unit at each entrance and exit. After approximately 30 minutes and with the assistance of all patrol units, the suspect was found and this information was relayed to the Palm Beach Gardens Police who were on scene. As the suspect exited the property through the south gate, Palm Beach Gardens Police stopped the vehicle as it proceeded westbound on Northlake Blvd.
A total of 7 Wackenhut vehicles assisted in patrolling PGA National to find this individual and it worked. The teamwork and dedication that everyone displayed, from each gate officer, the dispatch officer and all patrolling units was evident in the identification of this individual. But most importantly, it was the job of USO Rebecca Tubb that deserves all the credit in this incident.
Had it not been for her taking her job seriously, being dedicated and on her toes, the recognition of this individual most likely would have gone unnoticed. USO Tubb did a tremendous job. Thank you Rebecca, job well done.
As your security provider we are working hard to give you, the residents of PGA National optimum service. This goal is easily attained with your cooperation. As residents, if you see anyone that looks suspicious in your neighborhood do not hesitate to call security at 627-1600. It is important that you lock your vehicle whenever it is parked and under no circumstance leave anything of value in your vehicle. Also, remember to set your house alarm whenever you leave your home.
With your cooperation, I know we will reduce the amount of crime in PGA National and send a message to all would be thieves that we are watching.