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Woman suspects nemesis damaged vehicles at her home

After a contentious encounter with a woman in downtown, a Sarasota woman suspects her rival damaged two vehicles in her driveway. This and other Sarasota police reports in this week's edition of Cops

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Saturday, Dec. 3

Slashed and smashed

2:41 p.m., 300 block of Parkland Avenue

Property damage: A woman called police to report someone  smashed her windshield after her roommate called earlier in the morning to report her vehicle’s tires had been slashed. 

The windshield victim said she believes the damage to both vehicles was committed by the same person, a woman she knows 

"Needless to say,” the police report reads, “the two don’t like each other.”

The victim said the video doorbell captured an image of the suspected smasher and slasher arriving and leaving with another person, though no damage was done. She believes the two returned later and caused the damage, but no video evidence of that exists.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Talking Turkey

300 block of Golden Sands Drive

Criminal mischief: The owner of three Airbnb properties reported damage he believes was caused by renters. Over the course of the two prior weeks, the family had occupied all three properties, prompting numerous complaints from neighbors. In response, the owner revoked the rental agreement and, as a result, members of the family threatened to destroy the properties before leaving.

The owner reported that a flat screen TV had been damaged. He told police he had no last name for the renters but did have a first name of one of them, which he provided. The property owner only wanted the incident to be documented for insurance purposes. No further action was taken.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Little Red Writing Hood

6:49 a.m., 1700 block of Cocoanut Avenue

Suspicion: Police arrived at a residence and met with a woman who said she was inside the home when she saw a woman outside her bedroom window wearing a red cape. She said the woman motioned with her hands to come outside, which she did, finding nobody there. When she returned to the bedroom, she said there was writing in yellow on the walls. The officer investigated and saw none of the alleged graffiti. 

Upon questioning, the woman said she recently returned home from work and took several prescribed medications. 

Monday, Dec. 5

Smoking gun (owner)

11:06 a.m., 2100 block of Bay Street

Dispute: A woman called police to have her male roommate removed from the residence, complaining that he used marijuana and had a concealed carry permit. She had rented a room to the man since Nov. 1. The complainant stated she had seen the man’s handgun, but he has never threatened her with it. The man advised he is willing to leave, but needs time to secure a new residence. He also said he did show the complainant his concealed carry permit and medical marijuana card before he signed the contract. The complainant agreed that she will return his security deposit and no further action was taken.

Friday, Dec. 9

Pour paint job

11:15 a.m., 3000 block of Dixie Avenue

Dispute: A woman called police to report her brother, in an agitated state, poured white paint over her house floor. Police arrived to find a thin layer of white paint on the floor from the living room to the front door. The floor had sustained previous damage due to a fire. The caller declined to press charges and police were unable to determine any real property damage to the home because of the aforementioned fire. No further action was taken.



Andrew Warfield

Andrew Warfield is the Sarasota Observer city reporter. He is a four-decade veteran of print media. A Florida native, he has spent most of his career in the Carolinas as a writer and editor, nearly a decade as co-founder and editor of a community newspaper in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

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