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Sarasota Cops Corner: Fowl play

Police reports from around Sarasota.

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Monday, Aug. 1

Repossession retaliation?

9:16 a.m., 1200 Block of North Washington Boulevard

A woman whose car was repossessed is alleged to have retaliated by damaging vehicles at the car lot that reclaimed the car for nonpayment. Police responded to the used car lot to investigate damage to multiple vehicles, which included two broken windshields and 37 slashed tires, totaling approximately $11,300. Two owners of the lot told police they believed the person responsible had threatened previously to damage vehicles and reached a civil settlement when vehicles were in fact damaged. The suspect's car was repossessed on July 25.

Wednesday, Aug. 3

Big Mac attack

1:44 a.m., 700 block of South Washington Boulevard

Police called to a fast food restaurant by a customer who wanted a refund for a remotely order snack that could not be filled because of the hour. A restaurant worker told the officer he could not allow the customer inside the building once it closed for the night, and therefore could not supply the refund. With the officer present, however, the worker said he could give the refund, and the customer, with cash and receipt in hand, left the premises without incident.

Friday, Aug. 5

Fowl play

5:04 p.m., 500 block of North Washington Boulevard

A dispatch call for battery turned out to be a dispute over vehicle ownership, the tab for a chicken dinner and a phantom gunshot resulting in an investigation by multiple officers. The property in dispute was vehicle paperwork that was allegedly paid for by one roommate in the name of the other roommate. The bill was for chicken at a restaurant. As part of an escalating dispute, one roommate said a firearm had been brandished, leading multiple officers to respond, though no weapon was found. In the end, the registration documents were returned to the proper person and no one was taken to jail.  

Sunday, Aug. 7

Aerial assault

10:03 a.m., 5000 block of Royal Palm Avenue

A case of gravity versus  mischief brought police to a vehicle whose owner complained of a large pine cone landing on the hood while traveling on Royal Palm Avenue. The victim said she heard a loud bang on the hood and immediately stopped, claiming she then heard what she believed to be the closing of a sliding door at a nearby condo building. Dash cam video captured the trajectory of the strike, leading the driver to believe it was thrown from a specific nearby balcony. Police spoke with the resident of the condo, who was at work at the time, lives alone and had no company. Video also confirms there was nobody on the sidewalk at the time of the incident. The officer reports that the cone likely fell from a tree, although no video evidence exists to confirm.


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