PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Deputies are investigating two smash-and-grab-style burglaries that occurred Saturday, both on Ponte Vedra Boulevard, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said.
In each case, deputies said, someone broke into a vehicle and stole items -- specifically, blue jeans and a purse. Detectives used the cases to remind people they should never leave valuables unattended in their cars.
In the first incident, deputies met just after 5:15 p.m. Saturday with a man whose front passenger window had been shattered in the area of Ponte Vedra Boulevard and A1A north.
The man said he left his vehicle about 2 p.m., then returned around 3:30 p.m. to find his window broken and a pair of jeans missing. The officer investigating couldn’t find an object the thief would have used to shatter the window, nor could the officer find anything of value while searching the area.
In the second case, reported just after 6 p.m., the victim said she went to the beach around 1 p.m.
When she came back about 5 p.m. to her car parked on Ponte Vedra Boulevard, she found that her driver’s side window had been smashed, and her purse was missing from the seat, deputies said.