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With no buzzards around, no body is found

Police searched a vacant property for a reported body with no results and no scavengers in sight. This and other Sarasota Police Department reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Thursday, June 15

Phone lost, but not stolen

3000 block of Old Bradenton Road

Disturbance: A complainant advised officers that four individuals came to her home demanding the return of a cellphone. A female had knocked on her door saying that the complainant's son had stolen her phone. The complainant said she did not know the woman but added the woman has an ongoing issue with her son. The complainant said a male was standing across the street holding a black item at his side that appeared to be a gun. No video or photo evidence was captured of the incident. 

The complainant said she wanted the subjects to be told not to come to her residence again and that she was threatened by a female subject. While on that call for service a female called dispatch and advised that she was threatened by a woman at the previously referenced location regarding a missing phone. Officers met with that caller at another address and was advised that her phone was not stolen and was at the Sarasota Police Department property room. 

The subject advised that no one had a gun near the complainant’s home and said the dispute was verbal. She also told police she would not return to the complainant’s home.

Friday, June 16

Slow getaway 

10:18 a.m., 1000 block of North Tamiami Trail

Property damage: A victim told police she had parked her vehicle briefly near the entrance of a boat launch to sit by the water with a friend. While there, a male approached and started to argue with her, telling her to move her vehicle. The victim’s friend said she saw the man kneel by the front driver side of the victim's car before hearing the sound of air being released from a tire. The witness then saw the man leave on a blue bicycle.

Officers observed the valve stem on the tire had been damaged and the tire was flat. The tire itself was not damaged. Should the suspect be identified and located, he will be charged with criminal mischief.

Sunday, June 18

Non-qualified buyer

3:47 p.m., 1900 block of Boyce Street

Trespassing: A real estate agent called police to a home she had listed that belongs to her brother. The complainant said she had received a text message from a would-be buyer, and that after meeting with her in person had determined she was not a qualified buyer. Still, she witnessed the woman inside the fenced-in property earlier in the day, walking around the home. The subject was located and informed that if she returned to the property she would be arrested.

Tuesday, June 20

Doesn’t talk to cops

1:04 a.m., 300 block of North Conrad Avenue

Dispute: A complainant advised an officer that he was in a dispute with the juvenile son of his cousin and that while in the kitchen, the boy “begin to give him attitude” while preparing a bowl of ramen noodles. The man also said he believes the youth has access to a firearm. The man stated the altercation was only verbal in nature and that no threats of violence were made.

Officers met with the juvenile in the backyard, reporting that he was very uncooperative and requested officers leave the property on multiple occasions. He said he was attempting to be respectful and moved to the backyard to eat his ramen noodles. He then stated he does not talk to cops and requested officers leave the property. No further action was taken.

No buzzards, no body

10:30 p.m., 2500 block of Pershing Avenue

Disturbance: While working a previous call, an officer was approached by a man who advised that his wife had told him she overheard two male subjects talking about a dead body in the vacant field off the 2000 block of MLK Jr. Way. Two officers investigated two abandoned homeless sites in the vacant field finding no body. The field is covered with sawgrass 6 to 8 feet tall. The report further reads, “There were no buzzards flying overhead and no foul smell of a decomposing body in the area.” No further action was taken.

Wednesday, June 21

Day drinking

3:40 p.m., 400 block of Benjamin Franklin Boulevard

Intoxicated person: An officer met with a lifeguard supervisor in reference to an intoxicated male who was rescued from the Gulf of Mexico by lifeguards. The subject was cooperative and intoxicated, but was able to walk off the beach under his own power. The officer requested that the subject sit down at a table for some time and not to drink any more that day. The subject was also asked if he wanted to go to detox, which he declined. The subject stated that he was done drinking for the day and he would catch the trolley off the island later. No further action was taken.


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