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May 24
Well, it is hot outside
1:52 a.m. — 1900 block of Main Street. Suspicious Person. A man standing outside a movie theater was yelling to himself and taking off his clothes.

When the van’s a rockin’ …
12:49 p.m. — 1900 block of Main Street. Suspicious Vehicle. A white van across from the same movie theater had strange noises and movements emanating from it. In a case like this, it’s important to follow this strict police rule: If the van is a rockin’, don’t go a

Don’t call me, I’ll call you
5 p.m. — 2400 block of Pelican Drive. Harassing Phone Calls. A cable-television company employee was making a collection call at the above address. When there was no answer at the door, he left a note with his cell-phone and office phone numbers. As he walked toward his truck, a woman came running out of the house yelling at him, saying she works nights and that he woke her up. He got into his truck, and she stood in the street to block him. He was able to get around her, but after he left, the woman began incessantly calling his cell phone. She also called his office number several times and just hung up when he answered.

A little too overprotective
10:50 p.m. — 20 block of Whispering Sands Drive. Battery. A 31-year-old man was playing pool in a condo complex lobby, when a senior citizen walked up to him, grabbed him by the throat and said: “Stay away from my daughter.” The assailant ran away.

May 25
Bag lady
1:50 a.m. — 5200 block of Ocean Boulevard. Marijuana Possession. A sheriff’s deputy was following a car that was speeding through Siesta Key Village. When it rolled through a stop sign, the deputy turned on his emergency lights, and the car began to pull over. But, before it came to a stop, the deputy saw a small plastic bag being thrown from a back window. Another deputy retrieved the bag and found it contained marijuana. The girl in the back seat admitted it was hers. She was taken to jail.

May 26

Use your big-boy voice
9:18 a.m. — State Street. Suspicious Person. A caller reported a man appeared upset and was yelling at no one in particular. Police could not locate him.

May 27
Need … energy
4:50 a.m. — 70 block of South Tuttle Avenue. Shoplifting. A convenience-store clerk reported a teenager tried to buy beer. He told the young man that he couldn’t sell alcohol at that time of day. The teen left, but returned about 45 minutes later. He showed the clerk an identification card and said, “Look what I got.” The clerk said he still couldn’t sell him beer. The teen then grabbed a case of 5-Hour Energy Drink and ran away. Trying to pass a fake I.D. must be exhausting.



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