8/12, traffic accident, 8900 block of Gulf Drive. A female driver crashed into and damaged a speed monitoring sign and telephone pole near CrossPointe Fellowship. No serious injuries were reported.
8/24, 9 p.m., marine violations, anchorage near city pier. A combined effort by the police department, FWC and the Coast Guard resulted in nine citations and multiple verbal warnings being issued to anchorage residents whose vessels were not in compliance. In response to complaints received from local business owners, cited offenses and verbal warnings were given for non-operating mast and anchorage lights, missing or inadequate safety equipment and other violations. A police department representative said the goal was to bring boaters into compliance, in part due to the approaching storm season and the need to prevent vessels from breaking free and damaging the pier. The anchorage enforcement efforts will be ongoing.
8/27, burglary, vehicle, 1800 block of Coquina Park. The responding officer reported to the crime scene near the southeast concession stand at Coquina Beach, where vacationing visitors said two wallets had been stolen from their rental van. The officer found no signs of forced entry and concluded that someone entered the unlocked vehicle and removed the items. A male victim said $200 was missing from his wallet and the victim’s parents reported a missing credit card that had already been subjected to unauthorized uses, including at Dillard’s. No arrests were made and no further action was taken by the officer.
8/16, 11:59 a.m., burglary, residence, 200 block of 69th Street. The female complainant told the responding officer that the rental home she was managing for her vacationing parents had been burglarized. The complainant said her sister checked the premises after the most recent tenant left and noticed nothing stolen or out of place. When the complainant returned later she observed the first floor bedroom slider door was unlocked and the curtain was stuck in the door. She then observed that four flat-screen TV’s, a Blu-ray player, and a vacuum cleaner were missing.
The complainant said the family started renting the home three months ago, employed the same cleaner during that period and the officer observed no sign of forced entry. The officer came to the conclusion that the suspect or suspects entered through the garage door whose code had not been changed, or through a mistakenly unlocked sliding door that provided outlet to a path leading to the front gate. The neighbors said they observed nothing suspicious. The scene was dusted for latent prints and partial prints were observed on the front gate. The case was forwarded to a detective for review and follow up.