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5/19/2010

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Police Beat

 

May 4

(2010-208933) 2 p.m.: Someone turned off the power, and thus the alarm, in a house on the 9500 block of Violet Drive. Since the residents’ electronics were now useless, the burglars considerately hauled those items away.

(2010-209058) 4 p.m.: Adjacent apartments at The Pines on South Kirkman Road got burglarized, saving a few steps for both criminals and police.

May 5

(2010-210381) 2 a.m.: Someone slithered through a window at Pacifico Place Apartments on Shenandoah Way and got $26,000 in gold jewelry from a back bedroom closet. Good thing they missed the yacht hidden under the mattress.

(2010-210219) 8:10 a.m.: How to win and lose at the same time: Someone got into an unlocked car at Camden Lago Vista Apartments on Bent Pine Drive and swiped a winning $5 scratch-off lottery ticket.

(2010-210310) 8:45 a.m.: A 14-year-old boy told police he was walking down Monte Carlo Trail to Memorial Middle School when a bearded man grabbed his arm from behind, asked if he’d like to see the man’s “private part” and dragged him toward the woods. The boy broke free and ran on to school but took time for a good breakfast before mentioning his scare to a teacher.

(2010-211436) 9:30 p.m.: A guy got robbed at gunpoint by two others at Valencia Community College on South Kirkman Road, and police caught one teenaged half of the dastardly duo.

May 6

(OCSO) 12:42 a.m.: A man and his son were walking from Embassy Suites Hotel on Palm Parkway to the 7-Eleven at the corner of Apopka Vineland Road when three guys stopped them, pulled a gun and demanded money. The man chucked his wallet at them while he and his son ran.

(OCSO) 4:30 p.m.: Using a New Jersey warrant, deputies nabbed a woman at her aunt’s funeral at Baldwin-Fairchild Chapel on North Ivanhoe Boulevard. The woman had been on the run for three years after scamming $300,000 from an elderly man and was “one of the most sought after criminal Gypsies in the eastern United States,” the sheriff’s office said.

May 7

(2010-214562) 1:55 p.m.: A man dressed for running snatched a purse in the 5300 block of International Drive. He then did as his shoes and shorts demanded but dropped the purse and the victim’s passport a few blocks away.

(2010-214648) 5 p.m.: Two apartments in The Places at Millenia on Millenia Boulevard were burgled for jewelry, laptops and cash, just like other apartments in the same complex have been.

(2010-214893) 12:26 a.m.: People walking through Washington Shores Village on Orange Center Boulevard were charged by two masked men with guns. The men grabbed the victims’ bags and ran into an empty apartment.

May 8

(Kissimmee PD): A man broke into a house on the 2400 block of Morgan Pointe Boulevard and threatened the resident with a bat – presumably baseball, not vampiric. He then “struck the family dog with the bat, took the television and left the residence,” police said. Police sent out a press release with the suspect’s correct name but wrong picture.

(2010-215918) 8:30 a.m.: Eight businesses in Centre Point Business Center on Drennen Road lost their cool when someone copped copper from their air conditioners.

(2010-216673) 10:12 p.m.: A thief spidered up to an unlocked second-floor back door at Governor’s Manor Apartments on L.B. McLeod Road, but once burdened with two flat-screen TVs, found the front door an easier egress.

May 9

(2010-216887) 12:15 a.m.: Two guys got into it at Crickets bar on South Semoran Boulevard. One put “a sharp object” to the other’s neck and cut him three times before running off.

(2010-218352) 11 p.m.: A man was sitting outside the Greyhound Bus Station on North John Young Parkway. In the reporting officer’s own words: “Suspect ask for change. When victim retrieve his wallet, the suspect snatched it and ran.” Ugh, him get ‘way.

(2010-218254) 11:30 p.m.: Officers went to McDonald’s on South Semoran Boulevard “in reference to a large battery in progress.” Two teenage victims didn’t want to prosecute, so no one went to a Duracell.

May 10

(2010-218313) 12:30 a.m.: Security guards at the Citrus Bowl saw a teenager walking through the stadium. He fled across the football field and escaped despite a police cordon. An intensive search is underway: the Florida Tuskers could use a running back.

(2010-219211) 6 a.m.: Two cars in the 7100 block of TPC Drive were painted with the almost-word “Syko.” Two nearby businesses got similar treatment, but the primary victim was Noah Webster.

(2010-218966) 11:30 a.m.: Police pulling a traffic stop at North Parramore Avenue and West Central Boulevard arrested a man for having “felony cannabis,” which sounds like some really good stuff.

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