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Man threatens store clerk after being asked for ID

A customer attempting to buy cigars at a convenience store threatened to return later and beat up the clerk. This and other Sarasota Police Department reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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  • | 5:00 a.m. January 17, 2024
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Thursday, Jan. 4

Overdue car maintenance

11:25 a.m. SPD headquarters

Civil dispute: A man came to the front desk at SPD to report that approximately eight months ago he dropped off his vehicle at a mechanic’s shop to have work done. He claimed he has paid the business more than $3,000 and the work has not been completed. 

The complainant advised that he has inquired about his car multiple times, but is continually told they are waiting for the owner of the business to return to town. He requested the dispute be documented and was advised to seek assistance from an attorney.

Saturday, Jan. 6

Stogie squabble

10:51 a.m., 1000 block of North Tamiami Trail

Dispute: A convenience store employee told an officer that a male subject entered the store intending to buy cigars. When the employee asked for an ID, the male became angry and threatened to come back when he got off work and beat him up. The complainant said he would like to have the man trespassed from the property.

In addition to a description of the man, the clerk also described the vehicle the man drove away in as well as the license plate number. The officer ran the tag and identified the vehicle owner and photo, which matched the description provided by the clerk. Officers checked the area for the vehicle but did not locate it. The clerk was advised that if the man returns to not engage him and to call law enforcement.

Sunday, Jan. 7

She likes the tall boys

10:23 p.m., 400 block of Kumquat Court

Disturbance: The complainant told an officer that his girlfriend was “severely intoxicated” and that he had recently returned home from a hospital stay and, due to his condition was not able to take care of her in her current state. He stated nothing physical had occurred, but his girlfriend was so intoxicated that he feared the situation might escalate.

The officer spoke with the woman, whose speech was slurred, eyes bloodshot and watery and was unable to maintain balance. Her speech was incoherent due to her intoxication. Located near her were several “tall boy” malt alcoholic beverages. Based on this evidence, the officer placed the woman under the Marchman Act and transported her to Sarasota Memorial Hospital without incident.

Real s--- show

5:17 p.m., 2000 block of Fifth Street

Dispute: A woman called law enforcement in reference to an ongoing dispute with a neighbor and his dog. The complainant advised the neighbor regularly walks his dog without a leash and that it frequently defecates on her yard. She also advised that the previous day she found dog feces on her car’s window, and she suspects the neighbor deposited it there.

An officer spoke with the neighbor, who countered that the woman also walks her dog without a leash and that it often comes onto his property. He also said the complainant threatened harm to his mother, saying she “would go to jail today if necessary.” Both neighbors were given the logical advice to keep their dogs leashed when outside.

Monday, Jan. 8


5 p.m., 2200 block of Benjamin Franklin Boulevard

Suspicious incident: The complainant reported that while walking through South Lido Park he observed two juvenile males attempting to start a fire. He said he, "caught them in the act" and his wife took a photo of the juveniles before they left the area.

After reviewing the photo, the complainant noticed that one of the juveniles had an ankle monitor on, which prompted him to call law enforcement. The photo is of two males, approximately 14-16 years of age.

Extended families

10:30 p.m., 3200 block of Seventh Street

Disturbance: Officers interviewed a man who was said he was not getting along with his wife, with whom he is undergoing a divorce, over some civil matters. He advised that he must sleep in the living room and that his wife constantly tells him she owns the house.

He also stated that his wife and her daughter, who recently arrived from Cuba, frequently “gang up” on him due to the daughter being pregnant and suffering from high blood pressure when he starts yelling at them. He advised he naturally speaks in a loud tone and cannot help it.

The women told an officer that the man is verbally aggressive toward them. The wife said she is filing for divorce because the man is still married in Cuba and has another daughter. The officer advised the divorce and ownership of the home are civil matters. The wife said she just wanted peace for the night and the man said he was going to sleep in the living room and will leave the women alone.


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