- March 24, 2010
1:53 a.m. — 1700 block of South Tamiami Trail. Suspicious Person. A hospital security guard received a call from a drunk man, who said he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood and that he and his friends had the hospital surrounded. The man hung up the phone and then called 911 to state the same thing. He told the 911 operator that his girlfriend was in one of the hospital rooms. The girlfriend was contacted. She said he was her ex-boyfriend, and she didn’t want anything to do with him. She added that he was harmless.
On the right track
10:05 p.m. — 5100 block of Ocean Boulevard. Petit Theft. A woman accidentally left her iPhone in a bar bathroom. She went back five minutes later and it was gone. However, she tracked the phone using its internal GPS, and it indicated that it was at an address on 10th Street.
Circle of trust?
10:30 p.m. — 900 block of Beach Road. Grand Theft. A woman was at the Siesta Key Beach drum circle and placed her purse on the ground, so she could walk a few steps away to take a photo. When she was framing her shots, she noticed a woman rummaging through several backpacks and purses. It wasn’t until she went to where she placed her belongings that she realized her purse was one of the ones being pilfered.
Meat your match
4:25 p.m. — 1300 block of South Tamiami Trail. Theft. A supermarket manager told police that she saw two people enter the store and steal $400 worth of fireworks and meat. The manager followed them out to their car while they were loading the goodies into the trunk. They saw the manager writing down their license-plate number and quickly drove away without placing everything in their car. About $247 worth of merchandise was left in the cart.
7:36 p.m. — 1500 block of Main Street. Suspicious Incident. A driver called police to help him remove his ATM card, which was stuck in one of the new downtown parking meters.
12:45 a.m. — 3400 block of Clark Road. Burglary. A restaurant manager discovered that someone had broken into his business overnight. The thief came through an air vent in the roof. He took $400 from the cash registers and tried unsuccessfully to get into the safe. Video surveillance shows the man taking a break during the burglary, smoking a cigarette and pouring himself a beer from the bar tap. Any time is Miller time.
Persistent little bugger
2:44 p.m. — 3900 block of Clark Road. Harassing Phone Calls. The office manager at a doctor’s office said an employee’s ex-boyfriend called the office more than 350 times in one day asking for his ex-girlfriend. He then called about 200 times the next day. The manager said he had called in the past to ask for his ex-girlfriend and would say vulgar or threatening things to any employee who answered the phone. The manager had blocked his number, but he used other phones to call. At one point, he even used two different phones to call at the same time.