Article Courtesy of Channel
12 News, Palm Beach
By Al Pefley
Published February 8, 2019
BOYNTON BEACH — Palm Beach County detectives are looking for a burglar who they
say is breaking into homes in gated neighborhoods in West Boynton Beach.
They got a lucky break when they got a
picture of the suspect on a homeowner’s surveillance camera.
A homeowner’s association has dubbed him “the pillowcase
Officials say this man breaks into houses, grabs a
pillowcase from a bedroom and fills it up with valuables.
And they’re doing their best to catch him.
“It doesn’t surprise me. in this day and age,” said Dave
Grynberg, a resident of West Boynton Beach.
Dave Grynberg lives in a gated community.
CBS12 News showed him a photo that was provided to us by the
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office of “the pillowcase
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has been looking for
this man for weeks. It says he's broken into as many as 10
homes in the past three months. It also appears he's
targeting three or four different gated communities in the
West Boynton Beach area.
After entering a house, he’ll go into the bedroom, take a
pillowcase, then fill it with jewelry, coins and other small
Detectives say he’s in and out in a very short time.
“I think it’s very bizarre and I’ll have to look out for
him,” said Diane Bloom, who also lives in a gated
neighborhood in West Boynton Beach.
One HOA says sheriff’s detectives have
gone to various gated neighborhoods, showing them the
suspect’s photo hoping somebody recognizes him.
PBSO searching for burglar that HOA is calling
'the pillowcase bandit'
“It's hard to believe that somebody like this is doing this,” said Carol
Newman, another resident of a gated neighborhood in West Boynton Beach.
You might think gated communities would be safer.
“Somebody can walk in very easily,” Grynberg said.
“I mean he could walk in or he can maybe sometimes follow somebody in, sneak
in,” Bloom said.
“It's scary that somebody like this is going around coming into our homes
and here we have pictures of him, and we can’t catch him,” Newman said.
The sheriff’s office says although they have a photo of one guy, these
break-ins could be the work of more than a single bandit.
“Just make sure I close all my doors and put on my alarm, ‘cause this is
pretty scary,” Newman said.
“Let’s hope they catch him," Grynberg said. "What else could you say?”
A sheriff’s office spokeswoman says homeowners in this area should make sure
if they’re away, they leave some lights on or a TV on, so it appears that
someone is home.
The sheriff's office is calling this an active and ongoing investigation.