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  • | 4:00 a.m. June 2, 2010
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May 18
Double team
9:56 p.m. — 2000 block of Harbourside Drive.
Suspicious Circumstance. A man called to report that two people, one right after the other, called his house and impersonated a Sarasota County Sheriff’s officer and a credit-card employee. The callers demanded credit-card information and the man’s Social Security number. The man only released a few numbers of his credit card before realizing it was a scam.

May 19
Fishy evidence
11:02 a.m. — Off the Key.
Fishing Violation. Police seized 45 of the 96 fish that a man caught that day because the state only allows fisherman to catch 50 black mullet per day. After the evidence custodian explained that only one of the fish would be needed for the man’s court violation, the remaining fish were donated to Save Our Seabirds on City Island.

Damage is done
2:42 p.m. — 600 block of Linley Street.
Vandalism. A man reported that someone keyed the side of his Mercedes Benz. The damage was estimated at $2,000 to $3,000.

Truck stop
10:11 p.m. — 500 block of Lyons Lane.
Suspicious Vehicle. A man told police he attempted to wave down a suspicious gray truck that was driving slowly down his street with no lights on. The two Hispanic men in the truck didn’t stop, and police said the tag number the man provided didn’t match the vehicle.

May 20
Suspicious stop
2 a.m. — 6000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD).
Suspicious Circumstance. Police noticed a suspicious car parked in the Whitney Beach Plaza parking lot in the middle of the night. The driver quickly drove off after seeing a police car. When the car was pulled over, police found a woman inside without any pants on. After the woman put on her skirt, she told police she had briefly stopped in the plaza after visiting her boyfriend in the Village. She was sent on her way with a warning after two pipes that were confiscated only had traceable amounts of marijuana inside.

He said, she said
11:33 a.m. — 7100 block of La Lenaire Drive.
Civil Disturbance. A Jewfish Key homeowner called police to report that a contractor she fired left the Key for the mainland with several construction items that belong to her. Police intercepted the contractor on Anna Maria Island, who explained that the items belonged to him. Police told the woman it was a civil matter between the two of them, and she agreed to take up the matter in a court of law.

Drunk driver arrested
12:58 p.m. — Intersection of GMD and Broadway.
Traffic Accident. A man who caused a traffic accident was arrested for driving under the influence and possession of two knives.
Bicycle thefts

5:21 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway.
Larceny. A man told police that someone stole his $860 black bicycle while he was in the grocery store. Earlier in the day, a woman reported that her $444 copper bicycle was stolen while she played tennis at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center.

May 21
Inside job
11:33 a.m. — 3100 block of GMD.
Lost Property. A woman reported that a $500 bracelet she left in her hotel room was missing.

May 22
Eviction conviction
6:17 a.m. — 800 block of Tarawitt Drive.
Civil Disturbance. A man reported that his landlord shut the water off to his home by placing a padlock on the water meter. The landlord told police the tenant promised to leave by May 20 and was behind on the rent by several months. Police advised the landlord he couldn’t tamper with town utilities and told him to evict his tenant using standard eviction practices.


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