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Oct. 27
Iguana get my figurines back
700 block of Dream Island Road
. Larceny. A real-estate agent reported that two exterior ceramic iguana wall figurines were missing from one of his client’s homes. The multi-colored iguanas are valued at $100.

Oct. 28
In the dark
8:55 p.m. — 3600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD).
Traffic Violation. Police pulled over a man for driving in the dark without using his headlights. The driver told police he was surprised the car’s headlights didn’t come on automatically. He was shown where the manual lights switch was located and issued a warning.

Oct. 29
Direct hit
12:14 p.m. — 600 block of Emerald Harbor Drive
. Property Damage. A man reported that someone dented his garage door in the middle of the night, causing $100 worth of damage.

Not playing hooky
12:19 p.m. — 7100 block of GMD
. Field Investigation. Police stopped two teenagers on bicycles heading north on Gulf of Mexico Drive to inquire why they were not in school. They told police they were on vacation and staying in a rental house on the island with their family.

Beach bag grab
6:07 p.m. — 4400 block of GMD
. Larceny. A woman reported that while she was on the beach someone took her beach bag, which contained a beach towel, a prescription drug bottle and a cellular phone.

Oct. 30
Middle of the road
6:09 p.m. — 4700 block of GMD
. Suspicious Person. Police found a man walking in the middle of Gulf of Mexico Drive and directed him to a safe place. The man told police he was walking to Bradenton and it would be faster if he stayed in the middle of the road. Police called the man’s wife, who arrived to pick him up.

Oct. 31
Wave of emotion
2:21 a.m. — 3400 block of GMD
. Suspicious Circumstance. Police responded to a report of a woman screaming on the beach. Three teenagers were found in the Gulf, and a woman admitted to screaming because she was afraid of sharks. Police sent the subjects on their way.

Dog tags
4:04 a.m. — 5000 block of GMD
. Animal Found. A convenience-store employee told police he found a lost dog when he arrived to open the store. Police took the dog and found a tag attached to its collar. The dog’s owner arrived at the station later to pick up her dog.

Bad turn
10:18 a.m. — 5400 block of GMD
. Public Service. A bicyclist reported that someone driving a green Jeep cut him off as he was turning into the Centre Shops parking lot.

Sod sparks
11:33 a.m. — 500 block of Chipping Lane.
Fire. Police stood by as Longboat Key Fire Rescue put out a small mulch fire that was started by some landscaping lights.

Vacation vacancy
5:21 p.m. — 500 block of Spinnaker Lane
. Security Check. A woman reported that her neighbor’s garage door had been left open for several days, even though they were still out of town. Police discovered the home was unlocked, then secured it and attempted to reach the owners in Germany.

Nov. 1
Warning sign
11:26 p.m. — 100 block of Broadway
. Suspicious Vehicle. Police pulled over a vehicle leaving the closed Broadway beach access and issued the occupants warnings for drinking alcohol on the beach and being on the beach after hours.

Space issue
3:55 p.m. – 3500 block of GMD
. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman told police that she noticed several of her storage containers in a condominium storage closet had been moved. The closet is accessible to other unit owners, who most likely moved her belongings to access their belongings.

Nov. 2
Drink of water
6:39 a.m. — 400 block of GMD.
Suspicious Person. A homeless person hanging around a gas station before it was open told police he was just waiting for the station to open so he could get a drink of water. The man got his drink and left southbound across the bridge.

Nov. 3
Time for an upgrade
9:02 a.m. — 500 block of Spinnaker Lane.
Code Enforcement. A woman told police a boat named “Stars and Stripes” dropped anchor near her home and its owner got another boat three days ago and left the boat behind. Police advised that its marine patrol officer would monitor the situation.

Watch it
11:51 a.m. — 200 block of Sands Point Road
. Lost Property. A woman told police someone took her bag, which contained a $3,800 Cartier stainless steel watch, from the beach.

Classic Cops
from the archives...

Nov. 1, 2008

6:18 p.m. —5400 block of GMD. Disturbance. A restaurant employee told police he was taking three bottles of Gray Goose Vodka until the chef paid him $50 for working during the past week. The chef later called to report he reached an agreement with his employee that may or may not have included the booze as part of the deal.  



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