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Boca Police Arrest Homeless Man Using Publix Shopping Cart

Thomas Paciornik, Courtesy of Palm Beach County Jail.

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and publisher

BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) – A shopping cart is safe and an area homeless man is facing a criminal charge after he allegedly used a Publix shopping cart to store his belongings near the beach.

Boca Raton police rescued the shopping cart from the area of ​​2 North Ocean Blvd. Thursday. The arrest report was just processed by the Palm Beach County Clerk.

The two-page report reveals that a Boca Raton officer responded to what some might call an assault, but was ultimately documented as the “unlawful possession of a caddy.” It all started when a man named Thomas Paciornik allegedly spat on another man who allegedly called the police.

“I met the caller,” the officer wrote, “who indicated that the suspect, later identified as Thomas Paciornik, was sitting on the beach below the lodge before going up to the lodge to ask for a lighter. The caller informed Paciornik that he had none, at which point Paciornik returned to the sand Shortly after, Paciornik returned to the lodge accusing the caller of throwing sand out of the pavilion and on Paciornik. It should be noted that there was no sand observed on the pavilion as it is about 20 feet above the sand. The caller then alleged that Paciornik had become enraged and had subsequently deliberately spat on the right side of the caller’s face.At this time, there were no witnesses or cameras to establish that this had happened.

As the officer investigated, Paciornik apparently came to the scene. The officer noted that Paciornik smelled of alcohol and “indicated he had been drinking all day”. He denied spitting on the caller.

“Paciornik then informed that he still had several items on the beach that he needed to collect before leaving, in which case I escorted him to the closed beach while he collected his belongings. It should be noted that while Paciornik was collecting his belongings, he proceeded to yell at a passerby for no legitimate reason. After returning to the pavilion area, Paciornik advised that he needed to retrieve his basket from the bathroom so he could put his things there. I followed him to the restroom where I saw him start pushing a shopping cart with the logo of Publix, a grocery store with several stores in the neighborhood. I asked if the basket was his and he said “yes”. Paciornik then immediately advised “no, it belongs to Publix, I’ll drop it”.

The officer wrote that he then placed Paciornik handcuffed and placed under arrest “for possession of the presumably stolen shopping cart.” A Publix store manager was notified and said she would pick up the cart the next day.

Paciornik was jailed in the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of “unlawfully possessing a shopping or laundry cart.” He was later released on his own recognizance.

There’s no word on the caddy reuniting with his siblings. Paciornik, however, has a pending court date.

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