- March 1, 2023
Former work van vandalized
9:30 a.m., 1500 block of North Orange Avenue
Criminal mischief: A decommissioned work van in the process of being sold was damaged by vandalism. The complainant advised he suspects a group of transients who had recently been removed from the vacant field by law enforcement caused the damage. Multiple windows on the van were smashed by concrete blocks. There was nothing of value inside the van.
9:00 a.m., 2600 block of Waldemere Street
Property damage: An officer met with a complainant who advised unknown suspects are entering the pool area on Friday evenings, throwing pool equipment into the pools and damaging other pool accessories. There is no video footage or other information available to identify suspects. The complainant advised the owner of the property wanted the incidents documented.
No free rides
3:55 p.m., 4200 block of North Tamiami Trail
Dispute: Non-payment of a taxi fare dispatched an officer to a hotel where the complainant advised that a man he had given a ride had exited the vehicle without paying for the service. The hotel manager assisted in identifying the suspect. Officers made contact with the suspect who said he could not find his debit card to pay for the ride, which cost $75. The driver and rider were able to reach a peaceful solution under the direction of a taxi company dispatcher.
Keeping yelling to a minimum
5:01 a.m., 1100 block of 40th Street
Family dispute: Officers dispatched to a home could hear a man yelling loudly in his front yard. He was intoxicated but was willing to speak with officers, who also spoke with a woman who said he had been upset and yelling for hours. The man’s wife confirmed he had been screaming profanities at her, although the altercation never became physical.
The complainant advised she would be fine and the man said he would “keep his yelling at a minimum.” Officers cleared the scene without incident.
Back for his backpack
9:35 p.m., 1800 block of South Tamiami Trail
Dispute: Officers were dispatched to a retail location where a man was causing a disturbance. The complainant said the man was coming into the store and causing a dispute because he lost his backpack. An officer made contact with the man who stated he lost his backpack somewhere between the store and a nearby bus stop. He believed he left it in the store and was upset because the employees would not help him. The complainant advised she did not want the man trespassed, but requested he leave. The subject then left the area without further incident.