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Sarasota graffiti artist leaves his calling card

A graffiti artist who sprayed his craft along Legacy Trail leaves his social media handle, which leads to a positive ID. This and other Sarasota police reports in this week's edition of Cops Corner.

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Wednesday, Nov. 23

Leaving his calling card

9:29 a.m., South Shade Avenue at Novus Street

Criminal mischief: Graffiti sprayed on a location on Legacy Trail brought police to the location where a city staff member said a volunteer reported previously seeing graffiti sprayed there. The officer walked to the part of the trail where there were numerous “tags” advertising the creator "@itsDBob" sprayed in red paint. 

The complainant  advised she looked up the “@“ tag on social media, which identified the subject by name. A quick police database search for the subject's name returned with a positive identification and address of the artist in question. The complainant declined to prosecute, stating she just wanted it reported at this time.

Thursday, Nov. 24

She’s Uber anti-Muslim

1000 block Tuttle avenue

Dispute: A report about a family disturbance brought police to an Airbnb where a complainant advised that the father of her three children was yelling at her and embarrassing her in front of her family “for no reason.” They were staying at the residence at the time with several other family members.

The subject told police he was a contractor overseas and is sensitive to people making fun of Muslims. He advised that while in an Uber he felt the complainant was making fun of the driver, who is Muslim. He stated he told her to “shut up” several times because he felt she was being disrespectful.

The officer reported it was evident that both parties were intoxicated and during the course of the investigation the woman was constantly instigating the man and  asked her several times to stop engaging with him. The officer said the man was being reasonable, and he decided that it was best if he left and stayed at a hotel for the night. The officer stayed on scene until an Uber picked him up.

Friday, Nov. 25

Too much togetherness

4:52 a.m. 900 block of North Beneva Road

Disturbance: A woman who wanted her phone returned by her ex-boyfriend, with whom she still resides, called police to settle the matter. When an officer arrived, the complainant said she had a verbal altercation with the man about him speaking to and dating other women. She said during the argument he took her phone and left the residence. 

The suspect told police the complainant started the argument with him by being loud and banging on his doors, adding the dispute was about him being with another woman while they are still living together. He advised that he called his mother, who told him to leave with her phone and go to her work, which he did. The officer advised both subjects that to prevent further arguments they should think about other living arrangements. The man’s mother also lives at the residence.

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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