There were a total of 27 crimes reported on the Key from 6/22-7/17/15
7/4/15 Petit Theft / Public Beach
Two women reported a theft at the Public Beach. The first victim advised that she left the keys to her vehicle underneath her towel while she went into the water. The other victim placed her cell phone next to her friend’s keys and joined her friend for a swim. When they returned to the towel, they found both items were gone. The items were valued at $100 each. There were no witnesses or suspects.
7/7/15 Battery / Public Beach
An officer was flagged down by a bystander in reference to a battery. The officer made contact with a man who stated that another man started a verbal altercation, which eventually turned physical. According to the complainant, the suspect walked up to him and asked how much beer he had in his cooler. When the man stated that he had none left, the suspect became agitated and aggressive and threw a punch at the complainant. Both men then went to the ground fighting. At that time, bystanders broke up the fight and located law enforcement. There were no witnesses to the crime as to which subject had started the fight. Rescue arrived and transported the suspect to Sarasota Memorial due to medical issues he had prior to the altercation. The officer was unable to determine the primary aggressor. Both parties did not want to press charges and signed waivers of prosecution.
7/8/15 Petit Theft / 5000 Block Ocean Blvd.
The manager of a Village convenience store reported a theft. Two white males entered the store and left with four cans of Four Locos without paying for them. The stolen alcoholic beverages totaled $12.80. There were no known suspects.
7/9/15 Grand Theft / Public Beach
A Parks Department employee has no list of suspects in a theft that occurred at the public beach. Three plexi glass reservation signs were stolen from the county sometime between 8a.m on 7/7 and 8a.m on 7/8. The signs were blue in color and measured 3’x2’. They were valued at $100 each.
7/9/15 Grand Theft / 5000 Block Avenida De Cortez
A man reported a tricycle and bicycle stolen from his property. The blue three-wheeler was a Meridian model valued at $280. The turquoise two wheeler women’s bicycle was valued at $120. Both bikes had been locked and secured. The chains were cut and taken as well.
7/11/15 Petit Theft / 5000 Block Ocean Blvd
A Village employee reported her debit card stolen. While at work, she received a text message from her bank stating that an unknown person had tried to use her debit card at several locations. She was unaware that her card had been stolen until she went into the manager’s office where she keeps her purse and discovered it was missing. The woman was very certain that the card was stolen from the manager’s office while she was at work. She gave the officer the name of a suspect. She stated she had been in an argument with the suspect who had accused her of giving him the wrong change back. The woman had brought the suspect back to the managers office where her purse was, to show him the surveillance footage of the transaction. It should be noted that this occurred after the victim started to receive the text messages. A male matching the description is seen inside the store at that time but there was no footage of him near the victim’s purse. The staff at another village business stated they believe a woman in her fifties tried to use the card at their store, but they had no surveillance tape. No further description of a suspect was available.
7/13/15 Battery / 100 Block Beach Rd
A man reported that he was on the beach when he observed an unknown man feeding the birds. The man said he confronted the subject about feeding the birds and that this made the intoxicated subject’s friend angry. The man stated that the friend approached him, punched him twice in the face and then left the area on foot. The male that was feeding the birds also left on foot eastbound on Beach Rd. An area search for the subject was unsuccessful. The man sustained a bruise on his left cheek and stated that he did not want medical attention. No further action was taken.
7/13/15 Burglary / 6000 Block Midnight Pass Rd
An officer was dispatched to a condominium where a burglary had occurred. A woman had been staying at the condo for a week on vacation. She returned home from the beach and remembered taking her iPhone and Kindle out of a pocket that was attached to her beach chair and placing them on the dining room table. She said she left the unit’s doors unlocked and got into the shower. She noticed the items missing when she went to retrieve them before leaving the condo. She retraced her steps and knew she had left them on the table. A second victim staying in the condo advised she was missing her mini-iPad, which she had left on the kitchen counter. There were no signs of forced entry or suspicious activity.