Local Crime Watch: August 13

A sampling of recent police calls and criminal activity in the Gabber‘s distribution area.


Police Arrest Man Who Spray Painted Cop Cars

Russell “Rusty” Moore was arrested on July 28 on charges of criminal mischief after he admitted to painting his name “Rusty” on the side of a Gulfport police car and painting his initial “R” on another.

In an interview with Bay News 9, Moore admitted to being “inebriated” and said he was “just being mischievous.”

According to Sergent Thomas Woodman of the Gulfport Police Department, police were responding to an unrelated call near his house on July 18 when he “decided to take it upon himself to paint his name on the cars in blue paint.”

Bay News 9 also reported that Moore would not come out of his house when confronted by police about the graffiti on July 18, and flipped officers off through his window and tossed a blue can of paint out the door.

Police returned 10 days later to make an arrest.

Woodman stated the police cars had to be taken to a body shop to get the paint removed, costing the department $140.

Moore was released from the Pinellas County Jail last Thursday on a $150 bond.



Theft (petty) – 8/5, 5200 block of 8th Ave. S.

Battery – 8/5, 52nd St. and 14th Ave. S.

Burglary (residence) – 8/6, 5800 block of 18th Ave. S.

Theft (petty) – 8/6, 3200 block of 58th St. S.

Burglary (vehicle) – 8/7, 1300 block of 49th St. S.

Stolen vehicle – 8/7, 4900 block of 15th Ave. S.

Burglary (residence) – 8/8, 5100 block of 15th Ave. S.

Burglary (residence) – 8/9, 3000 block of 57th St. S.

Theft (grand) – 8/9, 5000 block of Gulfport Blvd. S.

Theft (petty) – 8/10, address unavailable

Burglary (residence) – 8/11, address unavailable



Missing person – 8/5, 1800 block of Shore Dr. S.

Theft (petty) – 8/7, 6800 block of Gulfport Blvd. S.

Battery – 8/8, 1800 block of Shore Dr. S.

Battery – 8/8, 1800 block of Shore Dr. S.

Burglary (structure) – 8/9, 6700 block of Gulfport Blvd. S.



Theft (grand) – 8/5, 6200 block of Gulf Blvd.

Vandalism/criminal mischief – 8/6, 5500 block of Gulf Blvd.

Burglary (vehicle) – 8/8, 5900 block of Gulf Blvd.

Theft (grand) – 8/10, 6300 block of Gulf Blvd.

Stolen vehicle – 8/10, 3800 block of Gulf Blvd.

Burglary (vehicle) – 8/11, address unavailable


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