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Man banned from a store after bathroom beer break

A man broke a four-pack in a store bathroom and drank one without paying. This and other Sarasota Police Department reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Tuesday, Sept. 19

Cutting the cable

11:59 p.m., 700 block of Lemon Avenue 

Property damage: An unknown subject entered the mechanical room on the second floor of a building and cut multiple wires for internet service. A complainant said there were no cameras in the hallway or in the room to capture the incident, and that the cable provider had estimated the cost to repair between $2,500 and $5,000. 

The door handle to the room was removed, but building maintenance reported that the handle was already gone before the crime occurred. 

Should a suspect be identified probable cause exists to file a charge of criminal mischief greater than $1,000. The incident was reported to the criminal investigation unit  for further investigation. 

Thursday, Sept. 21

Back biting

8:52 a.m., 3500 block of Fruitville Road

Animal problem: Police responded to a report of a dog bite and an ensuing altercation between the victim and the dog owner. Upon arrival, officers met with the complainant who said he was bitten by the dog while walking through a parking lot. The owner of the dog, an unknown subject, then proceeded to initiate an argument with the victim. 

The victim stated that he was walking when an unleashed dog jumped up and bit his lower back area and right calf. Immediately after the dog bite, he said the dog's owner started a verbal argument and dared him to strike him. Instead, he said he backed away and as the subject was leaving was able to take a photo of him on his phone. 

The unknown subject was last seen leaving the area in a black SUV with the dog.

Beer in the bathroom

10:12 a.m., 1000 block of North Tamiami Trail

Theft: An employee of a retail store observed a man enter a bathroom and proceed to open and drink a 16-ounce can of light beer, one of a four-pack that was not available for Individual resale. Because of that, the complainant said the remainder of the four-pack had to be discarded, and that the value of the loss was $5.70.

An officer met with the subject outside of the store who admitted to drinking the frosty malted adult beverage. He said that he did not have any money in his possession at the time to pay for it. In lieu of criminal charges, the subject was issued a citation. 

Saturday, Sept. 23

Leaky storage damage

2:49 p.m., 2200 block of North Washington Boulevard

Property damage: The manager of a self-storage facility called law enforcement after a customer advised that she observed damage to the ceiling of her storage unit, which allowed water and rodents to enter the space and damage her furniture.

An officer met with the complainant who estimated the cost of the damage at $5,000. She said she called the corporate office of the company and was told it would provide $2,000 in compensation. She requested a case number of the incident so she could pursue civil action.

Monday, Sept. 25

Mother of the year

9:30 p.m., 5000 block of North Tamiami Trail

Dispute: A woman who was involved in a verbal dispute with her son called law enforcement to their hotel room. The complainant told the officer that while attempting to get her younger child to sleep, her elder son was being disrespectful and that she wanted officers to do something about it. She said while no criminal activity had occurred, she wanted the older son to leave.

After officers explained that because her son was a minor child and will not be required to leave the premises, and he was her responsibility as the legal guardian, the woman became upset because they were “doing nothing.” The son told police he did not know why his mother called them and the had only been laying in the bed for the previous hour. No further action was taken.


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