On Patrol Sarasota – Week ending December 29, 2017

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

Dec. 25

Forgotten vehicle

1:45 p.m.

Officer Bobitz responded to S. Pineapple Avenue in reference to a vehicle theft. Upon arrival, Officer Bobitz made contact with the victim. The victim stated that she parked her car on Laurel Street at 1:45 p.m. The victim stated she went to the Burns Court Theatre with a friend for a show at 2 p.m. At 4:15 p.m., she left with her friend in her friend’s car to go eat dinner on St. Armands Circle. When her friend brought her back around 8:45 p.m. she was unable to find her car anywhere. The victim had her keys with her. The victim was given a packet and a case number. Officer Bobitz advised the victim to call back if she found her car. Officer Bobitz spent fifteen minutes driving around the downtown area in an attempt to locate the victim’s car, however, he was unable to locate it. Officer Bobitz checked with dispatch to make sure the vehicle had not been towed, they had no record of the vehicle being towed that night. On Dec. 26, at approximately 3:10 a.m., while on patrol, Officer Spencer observed the missing vehicle in the Lido Beach parking lot. The vehicle was unoccupied and did not appear to have been tampered with. Officer Spencer searched the nearby area of Lido Beach but did not observe any subjects on the beach. Officer Bobitz then arrived on scene. Officer Bobitz had taken the original stolen vehicle report earlier in the evening and advised she would contact the vehicle owner. The vehicle did not appear to have any damage and the vehicle was secured with no keys inside it. Officer Bobitz contacted the victim who answered and stated that she was unable to come pick up the vehicle at the moment. The victim stated that now she remembered driving her vehicle to Lido Beach then getting into her friend’s car to drive to dinner. She said she must have forgotten leaving her car there. The victim consented to leaving her vehicle parked where it was found until she could come pick it up.


Dec. 26

Fishing line dispute

2:46 p.m.

Officer Gonzalez responded to John Ringling Causeway in reference to a dispute. Upon arrival, he made contact with the complainant who stated a man cast a fishing line with a weight in front of his boat. The man advised he was driving his boat south toward the John Ringling Bridge next to the fishing pier. The complainant stated the weight didn’t hit any part of the boat but the fishing line got caught on the engine. The man stated he got into a verbal argument with the fisherman about the incident. The complainant showed Officer Gonzalez the green fishing line and the weight from the fisherman’s fishing pole. Officer Gonzalez didn’t observe any visible damage on the boat and the engine started when the complainant started it. Officer Gonzalez spoke with the fisherman who stated he cast his fishing line with the same weight into the water at the same time the boat crossed the pier. The fisherman advised he didn’t see the boat at all before casting his line. The fisherman stated he didn’t have the intention to cast his line at the boat to cause damage to the boat or cause harm to the passengers on the boat. The fisherman stated he got into a verbal argument with the complainant about the incident and the complainant said he was sorry to him. Officer Gonzalez was flagged down by a woman who stated she saw and heard the incident. The woman stated she believes the fisherman didn’t have the intention to cast the fishing line with the weight at the boat. The woman advised the weight didn’t hit the boat at all. Officer Gonzalez spoke with the passenger on the boat and he stated he heard something hit the water in front of the boat. The passenger stated he didn’t know who it was at first and he saw it was the fisherman on the fishing pier. The passenger advised nothing hit the boat or him and other passengers on the boat. Officer Gonzalez gave the case number to the complainant and advised him if the engine gets destroyed by the fishing line to call Sarasota Police.


Needing assistance

3:30 p.m.

Officer Patrick responded to Boulevard of the Presidents in reference to a homeless person lying on the side of the roadway under a tree. Upon arrival, Officer Patrick contacted the subject who stated that he was homeless and had no place to go. The subject was lying on a blanker and had his personal items with him. The man stated he did not feel well and believed that he had food poisoning. The subject refused medical treatment at the scene. Officer Patrick advised the subject of the services available in the area for homeless subjects. Officer Patrick provided him with a Homeless Outreach packet. The subject stated that he had not eaten a good meal in several days and was very hungry. The man stated that he was interested in getting off the streets and possibly enter a program at the Salvation Army. Officer Patrick contacted the Salvation Army and secured a hot bed for him. Officer Patrick transported him to the Salvation Army without incident. No further police action taken at this time.


Bomb threat

9:10 p.m.

Officer Uchida responded to John Ringling Causeway in reference to a bomb threat. The call was originally dispatched as a bomb threat made by an anonymous subject who threatened to set a bomb somewhere along the Ringling Bridge. The subject originally conveyed this message to the Coast Guard who then conveyed it to dispatch. Very little information was disclosed regarding the threat, however, it should be known that the Cost Guard advised the threat may be false. Officers checked the area of Hart’s Landing for possible signs of explosives, however, nothing was found. Officers also checked the pier for possible boats and craft which may be transporting the alleged devices but nothing was found. At this time, there was reason to believe the threat was falsely made.


Suspicious activity

10:50 p.m.

Officer Cox responded to Flower Drive in reference to a report of a prowler. Officer Cox arrived on scene and spoke with the complainant who stated she came by to check the residence because her parents were out of town. When she approached the house she saw a female in the yard near the front door. When the female saw her she ran eastbound. She described the female as short, heavy set with brown curly hair. She could not advise an approximate age of the woman or any clothing description. Officers checked the residence and checked the area with negative results. Officer Cox responded back to the residence later that evening as the complainant had called back stating two men and a woman jumped off her roof after officers left. K-9 responded and attempted to do a track with negative results. Officers checked the entire area with negative results. Lt. Todd went on the roof and there was no evidence that anyone had been up there.


Dec. 27


2:16 p.m.

Officer Marcinkiewicz responded to Publix on N. Tamiami Trail for a report of shoplifting. Upon arrival, Officer Marcinkiewicz made contact with a plain clothes security worker. The security worker reported he observed and stopped the two suspects walking passed the front doors after they failed to pay for a 44 ounce deli drink, a 22 ounce deli drink and a 32 ounce deli drink which one of the suspects was carrying. The other suspect was carrying two twenty piece wing baskets valued at $10.99 each. The security guard requested a Notice to Appear summons issued along with trespass warning. Both subjects were given summons and entered into the Sarasota Police Department Trespass Log.


Suspicious activity

9:27 p.m.

Officer Mitchell responded to 8th Street in reference to a suspicious incident. Upon arrival, Officer Mitchell spoke with the complainant who advised that he was involved in an altercation with two subjects earlier in the day around 5 p.m. The complainant advised that he was nearly struck by a vehicle driven by one of the subjects while he was on foot in the area of Bailey Road. The complainant stated that shortly after the earlier altercation, the complainant discovered that the subject has a mutual acquaintance in the complainant’s girlfriend and met up with his girlfriend in the area of 8th Street. As a result, the complainant stated that the subject allegedly flashed a gun out the window as to show the complainant that he is armed. The complainant stated that the gun was not pointed at anyone but held down and out the window. The complainant refused to fill out a sworn statement to attest to these facts and also stated that he did not wish to press charges against either party. It should be worth noting that the complainant stated that he truthfully only called law enforcement so that he could get a ride downtown. The complainant was transported to Salvation Army as a result. No further action at this time.



11:38 p.m.

Officer Childers responded to St. Armands Circle in reference to a fight between several men called in by an anonymous person. Upon arrival, all parties had dispersed except one who was sitting in his truck with his girlfriend. He didn’t call police. The man advised he got into a verbal argument with two unknown white men who were standing near his truck. The verbal argument escalated into a physical altercation that began by one of the unknown men “sucker punching” the man in the head. The two unknown men proceeded to hit the man several times with their hands and feet while the man fought back. The man sustained minor abrasions to his face and hands. He declined medical attention. The man advised he is a former Navy veteran and has been involved in physical altercations in the pst, therefore, he was able to maintain his composure. Officer Childers provided him some supplies to clean up, and then he departed in better spirits. The man that first punched him is described to be in his middle forties with a heavy build and short blond hair. The second man was described as being in his early twenties and looked like a ‘hipster.’ Officer Childers checked the vicinity for the two men with negative results.


Dec. 28

Robbery with a knife

12:06 a.m.

Officers responded to North Washington Boulevard Speedway for a report of a robbery with a weapon. Officer Raulerson and Officer Harper made contact with the victim and a witness who said the suspect had fled the area. They both said the suspect was a white male, approximately 6’1” tall, slender build, with a dark goatee and wearing a burgundy hoodie, pants and unknown color tennis shoes. He entered the store and brandished two silver pocket knives to the clerk. The subject demanded money, walked around the counter and took the money from the register. An unknown amount of money was taken. Officer Harper interviewed the witness that walked into the store behind the subject. The witness observed the white male, wearing a hoodie walk up to the register with his left hand in his hoodie pocket. He observed the suspect behind the counter with money in his hand. He was unable to provide a further description of the suspect. The witness believes that the suspect left in an unknown vehicle fleeing eastbound on 7th Street. A crime scene was set up and criminalists was notified.


Dec. 28

Dog harassing pedestrians

1:13 p.m.

Officer Mayforth responded to St. Armands Circle inn reference to an anonymous caller reporting that a ma with a dog was harassing people ad that the dog was unleashed and aggressive. Officer Mayforth made contact with the man who was on the sidewalk of St. Armands Circle with his dog performing tricks. The dog was unleashed and walking up to people on the sidewalk. Officer Mayforth advised the man the reason he was there and that his dog needed to be on a leash. The man said that he could not perform his tricks with the dog on the leash. When Officer Mayforth asked about the dog being aggressive, the man said it was normal for dogs to growl at each other in passing. Officer Mayforth told the man that he was violating the leash ordinance and needed to restrain his dog. The man understood and said he would leave the area. No further action.


Flattened tires

11:39 p.m.

Officer Craig responded to Wisteria Street for a report of four flattened tires. Upon arrival, Officer Craig spoke with the complainant who advised that she drove her car to her boyfriend’s house at Wisteria around 7:30 p.m. Her vehicle was parked on the side of the road, legally in front of the house. When the complainant walked back outside to her vehicle at approximately 11 p.m., she observed that all four of her tires were flat. It appeared that each tire had been intentionally flattened with a thin sharp object. The complainant stated that she believes her ex-husband was the one who flattened her tires. She stated since their divorce he has been very spiteful. The complainant stated that she believes all four tires together are worth approximately $600. The tires were 16 inch Aspen Tourig. Officer Mitchell and Officer Craig completed a neighborhood canvas with negative results. Officer Craig issued the complainant a case number and a Victim’s Rights brochures. Officer Craig attempted to contact the ex-husband with no results. Officer Mitchell took photos of the tires. No further action at this time.

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