10:30 p.m. — 3800 block of South Tamiami Trail. Shoplifting. A drug-store employee told police that a man rolled up a pair of $24.99 khaki shorts and stuffed them into his pants before fleeing the store with another man and a woman.
Running out of places to go
8:20 a.m. — 1500 block of First Street. Trespassing. A man was trespassed from City Hall and two downtown parks before being arrested and taken to jail for trying to evade a police officer and ignoring trespass warnings.
Anger management issues
11:20 p.m. — 1400 block of Main Street. Trespassing. A heavily intoxicated bar patron who punched a wall was issued a trespass warning and took a cab home.
2:10 p.m. — 3900 block of South Tamiami Trail. Battery. A woman told police that another woman with whom she had gotten into a fight approached her with a group of friends to confront her about the previous fight. During the discussion, someone in the group punched the woman in the face before the group dispersed.
The pink flamingo
6:30 p.m. — 3400 block of North Tamiami Trail. Suspicious Person. A man called police to report “a strange woman in her 50s dressed in all pink” who was dancing in the middle of Tamiami Trail. The woman was gone before police arrived.
5 a.m. — 1500 block of First Street. Graffiti. A property owner reported that someone sprayed “Mesi” on the side of his vacant building. The graffiti is consistent with other tags around town, according to the police.
2:25 p.m. — 1700 block of Mound Street. Threats. A blood-bank employee called police to report that when she called a woman to report “a positive reading” from her blood sample, she became mad and threatened “to shoot up the place.” Police attempted to contact the upset woman.
8:53 a.m. — 600 block of Central Avenue. Suspicious Circumstance. A school employee turned over a package that was addressed to a woman but included the address of the school on it. The package appeared to contain herbal medicines from India.
3:30 p.m. — 3200 block of Fruitville Road. Suspicious Circumstance. A couple told police that someone stole $4,000 worth of clothes, furniture and housewares from a trailer they were storing at an apartment complex.
3:36 p.m. — 2200 block of Fruitville Road. Dispute. A man told police he was looking for his friend, who is “strung out on cocaine and pills.” He was trying to get her to go to rehab, but she took off after he made that suggestion.
Down the drain
1:30 p.m. — 2400 block of Central Avenue. Burglary. A woman told police that three 5-gallon bottles of water were stolen from her back porch.
4:45 p.m. — 1500 block of First Street. 911 Call. A city employee told police that a call to 911 was made in error.
Get the message?
12:05 p.m. — 1100 block of Ringling Boulevard. Traffic Infraction. A woman told police the man in front of her was swerving all over the road. Police pulled the man over and he said he “was fooling around with his phone.”
4:16 a.m. — 1700 block of South Tamiami Trail. Theft. A hospital employee told police a teenager stole the wig off a mannequin and fled with two others in a silver Mustang.
Break in the case
8:31 a.m. — 4000 block of South Tamiami Trail. Suspicious Circumstance. Someone broke a large glass window at a business. The owner of the business was contacted while police secured the building.
6:05 p.m. — Intersection of Main Street and School Avenue. Vehicle Lockout. A woman called police to report she accidentally locked her son inside her car. Sarasota Fire Rescue arrived and gained access to the car.
Getting to the bottom of things
6:20 p.m. — 1400 block of 10th Street. Suspicious Circumstance. A man told police that he saw a man walking around the rear of the Salvation Army while not wearing pants. The man was found — with his pants on — and told police he wouldn’t have any further issues because he was back on his medication.
2:18 a.m. — 2800 block of 12th Street. Trespassing. Police found a man sleeping on the bleachers of a baseball field. He was trespassed from the field for one year.
6:35 p.m. — 1400 block of Main Street. Patrol Request. A man called police to report a woman panhandling in front of his business and harassing customers for money as they tried to put money in the parking meters. Extra patrol was dispatched to monitor the area.
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Sound of hope
The holiday season hasn’t officially started until our favorite bell ringers return to their posts.
Shoppers and residents were treated to some holiday harmonies by the Senior Friendship Centers’ group, the Second Wind Harmonica Players, in Downtown Sarasota.
Stepping up to the plate
The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County teamed up to bring the anti-bullying event Rachel’s Challenge to Sarasota Dec. 3.