| Palm Beach Daily News
Charles Benjamin Jenkins rented a 2020 Volvo on Sept. 7 at a Fort Lauderdale towing business, then used it to burglarize two vehicles in Palm Beach, according to police.
What Jenkins didn’t know was that Palm Beach police and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office had arranged for their Broward Sheriff’s Office counterparts to place a GPS tracking device under the Volvo.
Now the 21-year-old Fort Lauderdale man has been charged in several “high end” auto thefts in Palm Beach, according to a report.
On the afternoon of Sept. 9, the report said, Palm Beach police watched as the rented car crossed the Southern Boulevard Bridge into Palm Beach and pulled into the driveway of a house on West Indies Drive, then opened the unlocked door of a 2018 Range Rover and took a Louis Vuitton handbag with $2,000 inside.
Officers tailed the Volvo until it stopped in front of a house on Orange Grove Road, near North County Road, where Jenkins tried to burglarize another unlocked car parked in a driveway, but he took off when he heard the owner’s dogs barking.
He then drove back to Fort Lauderdale, the report said.
A Broward County deputy began following the vehicle after seeing a passenger in the Volvo throw a purse out the window near Fort Lauderdale, which later turned out to be the bag stolen in Palm Beach, police said.
While the Volvo was in the 3000 block of Northwest Ninth Place, the driver tried to jump out of the moving car, crashing it into a tree, the report said, with him and three other men in the car all running off.
The towing firm identified Jenkins, but when officers called him, he said he had no idea the Volvo had been involved in robberies. He said he rented it for another person, who later reported it stolen.
Jenkins also said he had not seen the vehicle after giving it to the other person, although the GPS showed it parked at Jenkins’ Fort Lauderdale address on Sept. 9. Police also found a photo on Jenkins’ phone that showed the Volvo shortly after it hit the tree, the police report said. Jenkins couldn’t explain why that photo was sent to his phone.
Jenkins was booked Thursday at the Palm Beach County Jail charged with grand theft and car burglary, both felonies. He left the following evening on a $4,000 bond. He is scheduled to next be in court Oct. 29.