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Twerking teens ding-dong ditch doorbell cam in downtown tower

A resident expressed concern over security after trespassers' prank. This and other Sarasota Police Department reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Thursday, July 20

Parking dispute

12:15 p.m., 400 block of Central Avenue

Parking dispute: Having recently purchased property near the intersection of Apricot Avenue and Eighth Street, a business owner reported a parking dispute with the owner of a business across the street. The complainant said the other business owner was encouraging customers to park on his company’s property and that he wanted to install no-parking signs. 

An officer spoke with the offending party and informed her that the cars parked on the complainant’s property must be removed within 24 hours or the complainant has the right to have any of the vehicles towed. The complainant installed the signs. No further action was taken.

Friday, July 21

Hallway hijinks

10:32 a.m., 1000 block of Ritz Carlton Drive

Suspicious incident: A resident told an officer that on the previous day two unknown females he suspected were in their late teens rang the doorbell to his residence and ran. The doorbell video recording shows the females giggling and twerking for the camera. One of them eventually rang the doorbell and both ran toward the exit stairwell.

The man acknowledged that they did not appear to have any ill intent, but was concerned that if two young females are able to evade security and reach his residence on the 16th floor, then anyone can. He requested a case report be made so that the building has documentation of the incident and that additional security precautions should be taken. Building staff advised they do not believe the ring-and-runners are either residents or guests.

Monday, July 24

Incomplete work

6:37 p.m., 3000 block of Viola Drive

Civil disturbance: A homeowner complained to police about a contractor’s work, or the lack thereof, who left for the day before completing repairs to her carport roof. She said that she could see holes in the roof and they needed to be covered in the event of rain. She was advised, and understood, that the complaint was civil in nature. 

While the officer was on the scene, the contractor returned to pick up tools he had left. He stated he wanted payment for the work he had already completed, but the complainant said he would not pay him until the job was finished. The parties separated without further incident. 

Tuesday, July 25

Ticket tirade

11:56 a.m., 1400 block of Second Street

Dispute: An officer made contact with a city parking enforcement employee who advised that while issuing a parking citation the driver came out of a business and started yelling, saying that she was inside for only a brief moment. The driver then threw the ticket to the ground and left, but not before kicking the parking enforcement scooter. 

The officer advised the parking enforcement worker that if the ticket had already been printed and was in possession of the driver, even if only for a few seconds, it was the driver's decision to disregard the citation and leave the scene.

Troll Tide

1:31 a.m., 4400 block of Bayshore Road

Prowler: A woman told police that while watching TV in her living room she saw a shadow cross the couch, appearing to come from the front door window area. She looked toward the sidelight and observed a male approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a T-shirt with “Alabama” in lettering across the back. The subject left and proceeded northbound on Bayshore Road.



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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