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Cars at popular Wellington park targeted in broad daylight

Posted at 7:23 PM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 04:49:38-05

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Smash and grabbers at Tiger Shark Cove Park in Wellington are putting Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputies on alert. They are currently investigating a car break-in that occurred in broad daylight there early Wednesday.

Parkgoer Natalia Garcia saw the subsequent commotion.

“As I got close and approached where they were there was glass busted out of a minivan and obviously doing a report and everything and I’m thinking wow it’s already starting around here,”says Garcia.

WPTV is working on getting record of recent calls for service to the park, Deputies do confirm they are investigating yesterday’s incident.

In the meantime, other park Patrons worry Wednesday’s break-in is part of a bigger problem. Members of the Wellington Wilds softball team use the field to practice and say safety has been a concern in the past.

Wellington Wilds Mom, Maura Smith said in a statement released to WPTV, “several of our parents’ vehicles have been targeted,” and “other parents have come back to find their windows smashed and things have been stolen.”

The recent investigation is enough to reinforce cautious behavior in other park patrons like Natalia Garcia.

“I don’t leave anything in my car I learned my lesson a long time ago,” said Garcia. Park-goers hope increased awareness and deputy presence will help deter crime.