Tuesday, June 30, 2009
June 24, 11:25 a.m. — 1200 block of Fourth Street. Suspicious Person. A homeowner called police when someone knocked on their door, asking if they could come inside and get out of the rain. The homeowner was not sympathetic.
A decent caricature of the Wicked Witch. In retrospect, the pose is too static. The broom should be flying out of her right hand; her left hand should be clutching on the door frame.
June 12, 12:21 p.m. — 6225 State Road 64 East (Wal-Mart). Fraudulent use of a credit card. The victim reported that after her wallet was stolen she discovered that an unknown person charged $2,415.98. The charges occurred at Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Lord of the rings
June 15, 7:30 p.m. — 1800 block of Marcia Street. Grand Theft. A 16-year-old girl was missing three rings valued at $400 from her nightstand. A 10-year-old friend and her 29-year-old father were frequent guests at the teenage girl’s house. The younger girl told the teen one day that her dad had the rings.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
It's somebody else's shoe, man.
June 10, 9:30 p.m. — Lighthouse Drive at Cape Harbour Loop. Possession of marijuana. The officer stopped the vehicle for not having a tag light. When the officer approached the vehicle, he smelled marijuana. When asked, the defendant said he did not have any marijuana and agreed to a search of the vehicle. The officer found a bag of marijuana in the suspect’s left shoe.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Scam artist foiled
10:34 a.m. — 3700 block of GMD. Phone Call. A woman reported that she answered her sister’s phone and some man claiming to be her grandson called her to explain that he was in a bind in Canada and needed $2,000 wired immediately. Too bad the scam artist didn’t know he was talking to a houseguest and not his “real grandma.”
Saturday, June 13, 2009
5 p.m. — 1300 block of South Osprey Avenue. Theft. A woman reported she purchased a bicycle from someone on eBay, but never received the bike. The woman sent an $800 money order to the seller. She thought the transaction was taking place in New York, but she discovered through eBay that the money order was sent to Romania.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The Grinch strikes back?
May 27, 7:30 p.m. — 3200 block of 59th Drive East. Burglary to unoccupied structure. Unknown person(s) entered the victim’s storage warehouse by unknown means. Once inside, the person(s) stole about $50,000 in Christmas decorations. The decorations are used by the victim’s business — By Design LLC. It is unknown who may have burglarized the warehouse.
Beware garden gnomes with lawn clippers
June 1, 11:12 a.m. — 5000 block of Flagstone Drive. Complainant said someone walked into his yard and cut the electrical cord to his landscape lights. The cost to replace the wire was estimated at $104. There are no suspects.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
2:50 p.m. — 8330 Market St. (Publix). Uttering a forged bill. An unknown suspect reportedly passed an altered bill to one of the cashiers. The bill was really a $5 bill, but it had been altered to a $500 bill. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction by unknown means.
You’re waiting for whom?
8:32 p.m. — 8400 block of South Tamiami Trail. Resisting Arrest and Trespassing. A discount-store employee asked for the sheriff’s office’s help in getting a woman out of his store. She had been there for several hours and said she was waiting for George Clooney and Pete Townshend. When deputies tried to escort her out of the store, she resisted and had to be handcuffed. She may have been waiting at the store for a long time. What are the odds that both Clooney and Townshend walk into a Sarasota discount store at the same time?
Secret agent foiled on Longboat?
10:44 a.m. — Off the Key. Boat Burglary. A man told police that someone broke into his anchored sailboat and stole his laptop computer, a power inverter with three fuses and a backpack that contained his British passport, birth certificate and several government papers. James Bond told police he needs to have his passport replaced as soon as possible.