Local Crime Watch: Feb 25

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


A Not-So-Sweet Surprise

A resident of the 700 block of Gray Street was surprised to find a strange man in her back yard yielding a machete.

On February 4 in the middle of the afternoon, the resident found an unknown suspect in her yard. She ran inside to call the police, but the man was gone once she checked the yard again.

According to the Gulfport Police Department, the man used the machete to chop down and steal sugar cane that was growing in the yard.

No arrests were made. The suspect was said to have fled the scene in a blue pickup struck with his sweet loot in tow.

Woman in Silver Alert Found Safe

A sliver alert was issued on Monday afternoon for a missing elderly woman.

Metha Franco, 88, was found by Florida Highway Patrol in Hillsborough County several hours later.

The Gulfport Police Department reported that Franco, who is said to suffer from dementia, called her daughter at 1 p.m. on Wednesday to tell her she was leaving for a doctor’s appointment.  Franco forgot the appointment was for the following day. The doctor’s office, located on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, stated that Franco never came to the office on Monday.

Franco was driving her white 2008 Buick Lucerne and was discovered later on Monday evening in good condition.



Theft (grand) – 2/17, 900 block of 58th St. S.

Battery – 2/17, 900 block of 58th St. S.

Burglary – 2/17, 5800 block of Tangerine Ave. S.

Burglary (vehicle) – 2/17, 2800 block of Beach Blvd.

Theft (shoplifting) – 2/18, 4900 block of Gulfport Blvd. S.

Trespass – 2/19, 900 block of 58th St. S.

Battery – 2/19, 5100 block of 11th Ave. S.

Battery – 2/19, 5300 block of 16th Ave. S.

Burglary (structure) – 2/19, 5200 block of 23rd Ave. S.

Theft – 2/19, 3000 block of 49th St. S.

Burglary (vehicle) – 2/20, 1300 block of Freemont St.

Burglary (vehicle) – 2/20, 29th Ave. S and Miriam St.

Burglary (vehicle) – 2/22, 5200 block of 14th Ave. S.

Theft – 2/23, 1100 block of 51st St. S.

Missing person – 2/23, 6000 block of Shore Blvd. S.



Trespass – 2/17, 1000 block of Pasadena Ave. S.

Theft – 2/21, 1200 block of Pasadena Ave. S.

Burglary (residence) – 2/21, 1300 block of Pasadena Ave. S.

Battery (sexual) – 2/21, address unavailable

Theft (grand) – 2/22, 1800 block of Shore Dr.

Theft  – 2/23, 6800 block of Gulfport Blvd.



Battery (aggravated) – 2/17, 76th Ave. and Blind Pass Rd.

Theft – 2/18, 6000 block of Gulf Blvd.

Theft (grand) – 2/18, 5300 bock of Gulf Blvd.

Theft (grand) – 2/18, 3100 block of Pass-A-Grille Way

Theft – 2/20, 4500 block of Gulf Blvd.

Theft – 2/20, 700 block of Gulf Way

Battery (aggravated) – 2/22, 6200 block of Gulf Blvd.

Theft (petty) – 2/22, 2000 block of Pass-A-Grille Way


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