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Woman caught skinny-dipping in homeowner's pool

Claiming to be with the CIA, a nude woman is removed from a homeowner's pool on St. Armands. This and other Sarasota Police Department reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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  • | 4:00 p.m. July 9, 2024
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Monday, June 24

Sign tosser

12:59 p.m., 1500 block of Main Street

Criminal mischief: After five minutes of being allowed to sit on a sidewalk at a privately owned parking lot, a man became belligerent and caused property damage when asked to leave by the attendant. 

The complainant said she was approached by the man who asked if he could sit and rest, which she permitted, after which he refused to leave. She said he then stood up and ripped a sign off its post and threw it toward Main Street. The damage is estimated at $100.

When officers arrived, the subject was still on the scene and the complainant said she wished to press charges. The subject was subsequently arrested and charged with criminal mischief.

Wednesday, June 26

Food fight

3:25 p.m., 300 block of South Palm Avenue

Disturbance: A dispute between a parcel package driver and landscapers resulted in an allegation by the driver of fruit being thrown at him.

The complainant said he was delivering packages to a residential building where a portion of the sidewalk was cordoned off by workers trimming palm trees but the walkway remained available. After delivering packages, an argument ensued between himself and one of the landscape workers. As he was leaving, he said fruit from a palm tree was thrown at him.

The complaint said he did not wish to press charges, only that he wanted documentation of the incident in case the landscapers file a complaint with his employer. The landscape worker countered that cones were placed to close access to the entire walkway but that the complainant ignored the blockade. He said a brief argument ensued but nothing was thrown.

Thursday, June 27

Keep Austin weird

4:19 p.m., 1600 block of Main Street

Disturbance: While on vacation, a married couple had been arguing all day because the wife wanted to cut the trip short and return to their home in Austin, Texas. When officers were dispatched to the scene of the ongoing dispute they were informed that the dispute was over the husband not wanting to leave.

The woman said that, while en route to the airport she was using her cellphone’s navigation app while her husband kept trying to grab the device. She advised that she did not want to drive to the airport with him in the vehicle and instead ordered a ride-share vehicle for him. The officer remained on the scene until the man’s ride arrived. How the remainder of their trip back to Austin went remains unknown.

Sunday, June 30


8:58 p.m., 900 block of North Washington Boulevard

Lewd and lascivious act: After being solicited in exchange for the princely sum of $75, a convenience store worker called law enforcement to report that a man began to pleasure himself while standing only a few feet away from her. The complainant reported the man entered the store, asked her to accompany him to the bathroom and invited her to go to a motel afterward.

While extending the offer, apparently as a demonstration of his prowess, she said he unzipped his pants and exposed himself. After warning him she was calling law enforcement, the man left the store, but was still on the scene when officers arrived. The man denied the allegations, but was notified of surveillance footage that the business owner would view the following morning. 

The clerk was provided with contact information to supply the video for evidence. She also told officers that she wishes for the man to receive a trespassing warning. With no evidence available at that moment, the man was free to leave the area.

Fish story

2:41 a.m., 1500 block of Ken Thompson Parkway

Suspicious incident: While fishing off a dock at City Island, a man told officers there were three teenage males causing a disturbance with himself and his girlfriend. All parties had been fishing, and at some point words were exchanged between them. 

The complaint advised the three males began to advance toward the couple, at which time he brandished a fishing knife and told them to “back off,” after which they moved to another area and continued to fish. 

When the officer arrived, two male teens were observed on the dock, but while the officer was speaking with the complainant they left in an unknown direction and were not found after canvassing the area.

Monday, July 1


9:53 p.m., 200 block of John Ringling Boulevard

Suspicious incident: When officers arrived at a home on St. Armands, the homeowner told them an unknown woman had entered the property and was swimming in the pool. The officers then made contact with the woman who was standing poolside while nude, a towel draped over her, smoking a cigarette and holding a partially consumed bottle of wine. 

An officer asked her where her clothes were and to put them on, at which point the subject began “speaking gibberish,” and that the comments that were comprehensible were described only as “outrageous.”

She finally agreed to get dressed, but stopped and again began making outrageous comments, at which time she was taken into protective custody. One of the two responding officers then assisted the woman into her dress. 

After being placed in the back seat of a patrol vehicle, she claimed to be with the CIA. She was taken into custody under the Baker Act. While in transport to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, she began to kick the partition. Upon arrival, she attempted to kick one of the two responding officers. 

As for the complainant, she said the woman took towels and went into the refrigerator located in the pool area. She did not wish to pursue charges. 


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