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Possible parking violator takes revenge on parking meter

Motor vehicle-related vandalism is the overarching theme to reports from the files of the Sarasota Police Department in this week’s Cops Corner.

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Thursday, Feb. 2

The key to his heart

2:14 p.m., 1600 block of Ninth Street

Property damage: A man arrived at a police station to make a report of his vehicle being keyed by his roommate within the previous 24 hours. He advised that his roommate, a female, admitted to the vandalism because she was upset that he did not return her phone call. The complainant, though, said he had no proof, nor did he witness the keying of his Nissan SUV.

The complainant reported the woman did state she would pay for the damage, adding he does not wish to press charges but wanted to file the report in the event she reneges on her commitment.

Sunday, Feb. 5

Mailbox damaged by ATV rider

3:44 p.m., 3800 block of Buckeye Circle

Property damage: Damage to a mailbox by someone driving an ATV is under investigation. The complainant said he did not see the damage occur, but was informed by neighbors who did witness the incident. The witnesses were unable to identify the operator of the ATV, but described the vehicle as dark green or black in color, and that there were two juveniles riding it at the time. 

An officer interviewed other neighbors, but none witnessed the incident. The officer advised the home owner that ATVs typically are not insured and, absent someone admitting to the incident, his legal options are limited.

Monday, Feb. 6

Meter made unusable

11:18 a.m., 400 block of Madison Drive

Criminal mischief: The owner of a parking meter company at a private parking lot called police to investigate damage to a meter, which was sprayed with black paint in an attempt to render it inoperable. He advised police it was the second time the meter had been vandalized. 

The complainant said the last violation ticket generated by the meter prior to the vandalism was to a worker at a nearby restaurant, whose employees had been using the lot. Within two days after that car was ticketed, the meter was spray painted. The complainant advised that he spoke to management of the restaurant, asking to tell employees to no longer park in his client’s lot. There was no physical damage to the meter, and the owner estimated the time and chemicals needed to strip the paint were valued at $200.



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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