On Patrol Sarasota – Week ending November 10, 2017

The following are actual police reports as written by Sarasota City Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy.

Oct. 31

Property damage

10:01 a.m.

Officer Sanchez responded to 3300 block of Tamiami Trail in reference to criminal mischief. Officer Sanchez made contact with the complainant who advised that she observed spray painted obscenities on the wall on the south side of the building. The complainant added that spray paint cans were left behind. The complainant said that she contacted the owner and he advised he would contact a painting company to cover up the obscenities. The complainant was given a case number and photographs were taken. The spray paint cans were collected and placed into property as evidence.


Nov. 5


5:44 a.m.

Officer Sullivan responded to Main Street and Orange Avenue in reference to a battery. When he arrived, Officer Sullivan made contact with the victim who advised that at approximately 20 minutes prior, an unknown man ‘sucker punched’ him as he was skateboarding home in the area of Main Street. The victim described the subject as a white male, 20-30 years old, 6 foot 3 inches tall, thin build. The victim could not provide a clothing description or last known direction of travel. A BOLO was issued for the suspect. The victim was not sure why the subject punched him. The victim speculated the subject might have been trying to rob him, however the victim fought back and proceeded to fight the suspect off and chase after him for a brief moment. The victim stated he only reported the incident to the Sarasota Police to get medical treatment for a cut he received on his lip. The victim stated he was not interested in pressing charges on the suspect, and would not complete a written statement on the incident. A photograph of the victim’s injury was taken and he was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.


Nov. 6

Property damage

5:00 p.m.

Officer Schwenk responded to Wood Street in reference to property damage. Officer Schwenk met with the complainant in reference to a criminal mischief which involved graffiti tagging. The complainant explained that several graffiti tags had been located on the property. The complainant explained that the graffiti could have been completed from Nov. 4 through Nov. 6. The complainant explained that one area on brick would have to be pressure cleaned to remove the graffiti. Other areas affected could be painted over. No known suspects exist at this time. Officer Schwenk took photos of the graffiti. It is unclear if the graffiti is gang related. Damage is estimated at $200. The complainant advised that homeless individuals and juveniles frequent the property. The affected areas are the parking garage, west stairs and ramp.


Homeless help turns to hindrance

11:51 p.m.

Officer Raulerson and Officer Collins were dispatched to South Washington in reference to a dispute. The complainant was the owner of a rug store who advised that a homeless man has been coming to his business over the past few months to help him clean rugs for customers or to help him in his shop with various tasks. The complainant also explained that he sometimes allows the homeless man to stop in for food from time to time. The complainant advised that tonight at around 11:45 p.m. he noticed that the homeless man had a box of rugs on the side of the business. The complainant advised that he got a weird suspicion that the homeless man was going to steal the rugs in the box when he was not looking. The complainant explained that when he asked the homeless man what was in the box, he would not allow him to see inside. The complainant advised he immediately called the police and the homeless man left the area. The complainant advised that the homeless man did not take any rugs when he left the area. The complainant said that he did not wish to press any kinds of charges, he just wanted the man to not come back to his business. The complainant was advised to call the police if the homeless man shows up again. Officer Raulerson and Officer Collins were dispatched ot South Washington Boulevard at 2:05 a.m. in refrence to another dispute involving the same parties. Contact was made with the complainant who advised that the homeless man came back to his door around 1:50 a.m. and wanted to get his backpack that he left form earlier. The complainant advised that he set his backpack outside, but did not let him enter his business. He then immediately called the police. The complainant said that he went to move his vehicle this morning at approximately 1:55 a.m. and noticed that his car keys were missing. The complainant explained that earlier in the day, the homeless man was inside of his business helping him in his shop. At approximately 4 p.m. the complainant was in the bathroom. The complainant said that he heard papers shuffling, coming from his work desk potentially. The complainant advised that he asked the homeless man what he was doing in his desk and the man said that he was not in his desk. The complainant said that he thinks the man stole his keys form his desk. The complainant advised that is not 100 percent sure the homeless man stole his keys, but has a suspicion because of hearing the papers shuffle from his desk earlier in the day. The complainant was asked if it’s possible he lost his keys, he said that it’s possible, but not likely based on him hearing what he heard earlier. The complainant said that he has not driven his car in over two weeks and he last saw his car keys a few days ago, but could not advise exactly when. The complainant did not wish to press charges of any kind; he wanted the police to help him find a way to secure his vehicle so that it would not get stolen. The complainant was advised to install cameras around his property to prevent theft. The complainant liked the idea and advised he was going to look into installing cameras. Nothing further.


Nov. 7

Property damage

12:01 a.m.

Officer Schwenk responded to Browning Street in reference to property damage. He met with the complainant in reference to a broken window. The complainant led Officer Schwenk to the back of the residence and showed him a cracked pane of glass approximately 30 inches by 30 inches. The complainant stated that he did not notice the glass was broken until today. He did not know when the glass break occurred. It is unknown if the glass was broken by accident or someone broke it intentionally. No foreign object which could have broken the glass was nearby the window area. The crack in the glass was approximately six inches across. The complainant stated that he needed to make a report so that he could call his insurance company to complete the repair of the window. The value of the window pane is listed at approximately $350.


Suspicious activity

2:14 p.m.

Officer Gilbert responded to Main Street in reference to a complainant who allowed his friend to park his vehicle in the rear of Main Street on a private lot. The complainant said the friend is a truck driver and is currently somewhere in Nebraska. He added his car was last seen in a rear parking space on Nov. 4. The complainant stated the car key was left inside the gas cap lid, however, he’s not sure as to what occurred. The complainant spoke to the friend on the phone to notify him about his vehicle. Since the friend is the victim and which the police have no information about the vehicle, Officer Gilbert advised that the friend would have to notify Sarasota Police Department front desk for detailed information and Sarasota Police Department oath forms would need to be signed. Officer Gilbert checked for tow away signs and didn’t notice any postings. Officer Gilbert also asked the financial status of the vehicle which the complainant said was not the issue. Officer Gilbert checked the area for cameras with negative results. Officer Gilbert provided the complainant with a case number to forward to the friend for his records. He was encouraged to call Sarasota Police Department with his additional vehicle information that could further assist in this case. At this point it is unclear as to what occurred until the friend initiates a report.



3:32 p.m.

Officer Schwenk responded to 1400 block of Tamiami Trail in reference to a dispute. Officer Schwenk met with the hotel manager in regard to several subjects that had been asked to leave but had refused to comply. The manager led the officer to a room where he met the guest. Officer Schwenk informed the guest that the hotel had requested he leave the premises. The guest indicated that he understood and he stated that he had already made other arrangements and was waiting for Uber to pick him up. The guest stated that the other occupants who were in the hotel in other rooms under the same reservation had already left the premises. The guest said he didn’t believe that the hotel could kick him out. Officer Schwenk informed him that the hotel had the right to refuse to continue service to anyone they chose. The guest gathered his belongings and left the room. No further problem existed.

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