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Police called after disturbance over bad haircut

A mother causes a disturbance at a barber shop over an alleged bad child's haircut. This and other tales from the files of the Sarasota Police Department in this week's Cops Corner.

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Sunday, Jan. 22

Bad hair fray

1:45 p.m, 2000 block of 12th Street

Disturbance: A barber called police because a customer was causing a disturbance at the place of business over what she claimed was her son’s bad haircut. The woman was being disruptive while waiting for service and was told she could wait her turn or leave. When police arrived she advised that she wanted to leave, then departed with her children. No crime was reported.

Sunday, Jan. 22

Free chicken

5:09 p.m., 800 block of North Washington Boulevard

Dispute: A fast-food worker accused of giving away food threatened violence against the general manager, who said he observed the employee handing over an order of fried chicken valued at about $50 without collecting payment. The manager said this was not the first time. The manager said he felt threatened by the employee’s outburst  and only wished to report the dispute for documentation purposes. The manager was advised to call police should the now-former employee return and he wished to have him banned from the property with a trespassing warning. The manager said he did not wish to immediately file charges.

Sunday, Jan. 22

Repeat offenders

12:30 p.m., 1500 block of Mango Avenue

Property Damage: Alleged copper bandits apparently returned to the scene of a previous crime. A business owner told police someone had entered his property and cut wires in an effort to steal copper. A pipe was also broken as well as a breaker box that that contained wires. The caller to police also noticed the power was disconnected, which led him to believe it was “professionals” attempting to abscond with copper.  The victim said this had been the second time such an incident occurred within two weeks, the prior theft costing $7,000 to repair. That incident was not reported to police. Video cameras in the area captured images, but was too far away to provide a useful description of the thieves.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

Long-term loaner

2:54 p.m., 700 block of North Tamiami Trail

Dispute: An auto dealership reported a loaner vehicle was not returned. The complainant told police a customer  brought in a vehicle for service on Dec. 14, 2022, and was provided with a loaner vehicle to use in the interim. The complainant stated he has attempted to contact the customer to discuss service needed but he had not responded. When contacted by police, the customer said his cell phone was broken and he has been using his work phone. He further stated he has left several voicemails with the dealership, but no calls were returned. The customer was informed he should return the vehicle in order to rectify the situation. He advised he would arrive with the vehicle within 30 minutes. The incident remained civil in nature.



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.