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On Patrol Sarasota – Week ending February 2, 2017

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

Jan. 26

Property damage

5:00 p.m.

Officer Campbell responded to Waldemere Street in reference to property damage. Upon arrival, Officer Campbell met with the complainant who stated that sometime between 5 p.m. on Jan. 26 and 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 29, an unknown subject spray painted graffiti on the running trail in the park and on the racquet ball courts. There are no suspects to the incident at this time. The complainant stated that he needed documentation per policy, and it should be noted that this is an ongoing issue.

 

Jan. 29

Farm equipment theft

11:00 p.m.

Officer Lockwood responded to Ringling Boulevard in reference to a burglary. The complainant, a staff member at the Sarasota County Fair Grounds, advised that in the early morning of Jan. 29, two unknown suspects made entry into the covered rodeo area and stole $6,200 worth of farm equipment. The large enclosed Rodeo area is fully fenced in and has gates on both sides which are locked with a thick chain and master lock. Inside the enclosed area is a locked trailer, bleachers, large equipment, a ticket booth and an enclosed storage area that also has a chain and master lock. After reviewing the video, it shows a light colored two-door vehicle, possibly a Scion, drive right past the front of Robarts Arena around 2:50 a.m. and then around to the covered Rodeo area. The vehicle had a large dent on the right rear quarter panel. The suspects then cut the lock on the west gate and drove the car into the covered area. While inside they cut the lock on a red trailer and stole as many as 16 power tools ranging from saw, drills, grinders, and nail guns. The amount of the items taken was $4,600. Officer Lockwood processed the trailer and recovered a single print from the exterior door of the trailer, and also took pictures of the scene. The trailer belonged to the president of the Fair Grounds. Around 3:45 a.m., the suspects returned to the scene and cut the lock on the storage area which was surrounded by a high fence and barb-wire. While inside the storage area they stole another $1,600 worth of farm equipment including blowers, weed whackers and an edger. Then on Jan. 30, the complainant was at Tuttle getting a snack and observed a silver Scion car with a large dent on the right rear quarter panel. He had just observed the video and believed this was possibly the same car. The tag he wrote down, Officer Lockwood was unable to find that tag in the system. He described the driver as a white male with dark hair. He advised he did resemble one of the subjects in the video. The complainant and other staff watching the video also believed that one of the suspects resembled a former employee. They based this on his physical look as well as his body movements. He was said to have been originally from South Carolina. They believed that the suspects seemed to know where to go to get all of the equipment in the optimal amount of time. Nothing else was disturbed in the covered area and the video shows the two men going to only the trailer and the enclosed storage area. Officer Lockwood contacted criminalistics to extract the video and informed CID of the case.

 

Jan. 30

Vehicle burglary

12:00 p.m.

Officer Raulerson responded to Laurel Street in reference to a vehicle burglary. Upon arrival, Officer Raulerson made contact with a deputy with the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office who advised that they were chasing a vehicle that crashed in the county’s jurisdiction and upon investigation of the vehicle they located a Chase debit card that came back to an individual who did not know that her card was missing from her vehicle until notified by the deputy. Officer Raulerson made contact with the victim, who advised him that her debit card, which was not yet activated was sitting on the passenger seat of her vehicle. The victim said that she left her vehicle unsecured and parked out in front of the residence around 12 p.m. on Jan. 30 and the vehicle had been sitting there until contact was made with her at 2:43 a.m. on Jan. 31. The victim advised that she had already looked inside her vehicle to see if anything else was taken which there was not. The victim advised there were several pairs of sunglasses and other items in the vehicle that had not been disturbed. Officer Raulerson dusted the vehicle for latent prints and was able to lift a partial palm and two fingerprints from the passenger side door jam. During the investigation, the sheriff’s office did a property slip for the debit card and returned it to the victim. The victim advised Officer Raulerson that at this time she does not wish to press charges but may change her mind at a later time. Officer Raulerson provided her with a victim rights brochure and submitted the latent card for processing.

 

Dispute

1:30 p.m.

Officer Schwieterman responded to Jefferson Avenue in reference to a dispute. The complainant stated that she was having issues with her homeowner’s association. The complainant advised that she has had extensive damage to her home, due to the flooding and termites. The complainant advised that she sued the homeowner’s association and won on two separate times thus the flooding and damage were fixed. The complainant advised that when she sued the third time, Judge Bonner was very rude and refused to let her speak during the hearing. The complainant wanted to make a complaint against Judge Bonner and Officer Schwieterman referred her to the Clerk of the Court’s office. The complainant stated that she had a recurring issue with termites. The complainant advised that she contacted the president of the homeowner’s association. The complainant stated that the president had a pest control company respond the next day. The complainant advised the pest control employee placed a foam in six separate areas of her home. The complainant advised that the foam has caused her health problems, such as coughing and blurred vision. The complainant went on to explain that she would like to be the president of the homeowner’s association, however the complainant will not relinquish her position. The complainant advised that she wanted to sue the homeowner’s association again but would not use an attorney. Officer Schwieterman advised the complainant that she did not need an attorney to sue anyone. The officer directed the complainant to the Clerk of the Court’s office again and explained to her the civil process. The complainant asked Officer Schwieterman to write down his name along with the name of the Chief of Police. The complainant left the police station to walk to the Clerk of the Court’s Office.

 

Dispute

1:55 p.m.

Officer Dodge responded to Lemon Avenue in reference to a dispute at the SCAT bus station. Officer Dodge arrived and made contact with the security officer, who informed Officer Dodge that a man started to yell about people smoking in the area. He then kicked over the ashtray in the area, and the security officer had him pick up the mess. Officer Dodge spoke with the subject and he did admit that he was yelling and that he kicked the ashtray over. He was mad because people were smoking. Officer Dodge informed him that the bus station is an open-air public place where people are allowed to smoke. He said he was not aware of that, and he would no longer get upset with the security officer. The security officer just wanted him off the property. The subject left the area, no further action required.

 

Suspicious activity

6:13 p.m.

Officer Martinez while on patrol, was dispatched to the Morrill Street area in reference to a suspicious incident. Upon arrival, Officer Martinez made contact with the complainant who said that at approximately 5 p.m., her son who is 12 years old, was outside on the street in front of their residence skateboarding when a black SUV occupied by two black men with dreadlocks pulled up to him. The mother advised that the black men rolled their window down and held an unknown red, white and blue object out of the door and asked the boy if he wanted any. The mom could not advise what exactly the object was, but advised that they then rolled up the car window and left the area. Officer Martinez spoke with the boy who attested to the statement his mother made and added that the men spoke with an accent. The son could not make out what the object was, but his mother believes that they might have been trying to offer him drugs. The son was told the proper protocol to handle situations like that, as was the mother. Officer Martinez did not observe the vehicle in the area after checking the surrounding streets for it. There is no clothing description of the two male occupants. Nothing further at this time.

 

Burglary

10:00 p.m.

Officer Castro responded to Alderman Street in reference to a burglary and a stolen vehicle. The victim stated he discovered the garage opened this morning at 7:15 a.m. He said that his partner’s BMW X3 was missing. The victim stated he checked on his vehicle,  a Chevy Equinox, and noticed that the glove box was opened and the key to the BMW which he kept in his vehicle was also missing. The victim parked his Chevy on the street. The BMW owner stated she parked her BMW in the garage last night. She said she recently purchased the vehicle and owned it outright; there was no lien on it. The couple recently moved into the house. The alarm system was not installed yet and there were no surveillance cameras nearby. It appeared that the suspect(s) entered the Chevy first, the owner was not sure if he locked it, and then the suspects took the BMW key from the glove box of the Chevy and pressed the garage door opener to gain access into the garage where the BMW was parked. The victims were inside the home sleeping. Officer Castro processed the vehicle for latent prints and was able to pull a set of prints from the driver’s side door, most likely they belong to the victim. He was not able to print the interior due to the texture. Officer Castro placed the garage door opener remote into property for processing as well as the latent print card. Officer Castro canvassed the area and spoke to a resident from Alderman Street but the resident did not see or hear anything. There were no other reported burglaries in the area on this date. The BMW owner called BMW in an attempt to locate the vehicle through GPS but the vehicle was not equipped with the system. The victim signed the Oath Statement and indicated in a written statement, she wished to prosecute. There are no suspect(s) at this time.

 

Dispute

10:23 p.m.

Officer Martinez responded to South Palm Avenue in reference to a dispute. Upon arrival, he made contact with the complainant who stated that he was on the property at the church when a white male on a Harley style motorcycle approached him. The complainant stated that the subject began telling him to get off the property and that it was private property. The complainant told the subject that he was in the roadway which is public property. The complainant said that the white male then got off his motorcycle and approached him in an aggressive manner. The complainant took video footage of the encounter, which at no point was physical contact observed. The complainant said the subject left and ran over his foot, video footage did not show that but did show the complainant standing very close to the motorcycle. The complainant gave Officer Martinez the plate number which did not come back to anything in law enforcement systems. The complainant wanted the incident documented for fear of future encounters with the subject. Nothing further.

 

Jan. 31

Suspicious activity

11:44 a.m.

Officer Schanley responded to School Avenue in reference to suspicious activity. The complainant said he received an email from who he thought was his boss. The complainant said he received the email at 11:44 a.m. requesting for a wire transfer of $125,000 to be completed for the purchase of a piece of art. The complainant notified a fellow employee because she handles all wire transfers. She said she reached out to the boss about the email based on their policy. The boss advised that he did not send the email nor was he purchasing any artwork. The email included an invoice with instructions on where to wire the funds to and contained the boss’s personal address. The boss said he changed his email address and they wanted the incident documented. The employees did not wire the funds to an account. No further action.

 

Feb. 1

Suspicious activity

3:58 a.m.

Officer Beskin responded to John Ringling Causeway for a report of an explosive device. Upon arrival, multiple units checked the location and the surrounding area but were unable to locate anything suspicious. Officers checked Bird Key Park and looked around all garbage cans, benches and the structure of the bridge with negative results. This is an ongoing issue with the caller. The call comes into Sarasota Police Department from the Coast Guard who receives it by radio transmission. The caller states to the Coast Guard that there is an explosive device under the bridge. Nothing further.

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