Local Crime Watch: Sept 1

A sampling of police reports from August 18 to August 30 in Gulfport, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach and St. Petersburg.

Sources: Pinellas County Crime Viewer, the Gulfport City Manager’s report, the Gulfport Police Department and the St. Petersburg Police Department


8/21 – A resident in the 6100 block of 9th Avenue S. reported that in the morning, she awoke to discover her car doors were open and her purse missing from inside. Her purse and wallet were found about a block away by a resident walking her dog. All items were recovered except for $40 from the wallet.

8/22 – Police Sgt. Vandenberg tried to arrest a theft suspect. Recently, two males in a blue pickup pulled into the alleyway behind a business in the 5300 block of Gulfport Blvd. S. and loaded the bed with large potted plants from the business. A witness called in the theft and the sergeant located the truck at 15th Avenue S. and 49th Street S., where it fled from a traffic stop. One of the two suspects was identified, and on August 22, the sergeant went to his last known address in an attempt to locate him. As he approached, the suspect saw the patrol car, ducked between two vehicles in the front yard and climbed into the passenger side of his girlfriend’s car. Vandenberg pulled in behind the car to block it from leaving. The suspect then forced his girlfriend from the car, moved into the driver’s seat and backed the vehicle towards the patrol car. Vandenberg exited his car and ordered the suspect to stop. The suspect drove straight at him then fled the scene. The girlfriend advised that their 10-day-old baby was in the car. Vandenberg wrote several probable cause affidavits for the suspect and will continue to attempt to take him into custody.

8/23 – The owner of a vacant house in the 5100 block of 14th Avenue S. checked the premises and found that someone entered the fenced-in side yard and stole a window air conditioner.


Battery aggravated

8/28, 1:45 p.m., 5300 block of 21st Ave. S.

Burglary – residence

8/22, 3 p.m., 5100 block of 14th Ave. S.

8/22, 6:30 p.m., 5400 block of 14th Ave. S.

8/23, 1:10 p.m., 5300 block of 12th Ave. S.

Burglary – vehicle

8/26, 8:30 p.m., 5400 block of Shore Blvd. S.

Theft – grand

8/22, 4:54 p.m., 4900 block of Gulfport Blvd. S.

Theft – petit

8/23, noon, 5400 block of Essex Ave. S.

8/24, 10:30 a.m., 900 block of 58th Street S.

8/27, 10:19 a.m., 5800 block of 30th Ave. S.

Theft – recreational vehicle

8/26, 7:21 p.m., 5000 block of 10th Ave. S.

Theft – shoplifting

8/25, 6:27 p.m., 5000 block of Gulfport Blvd. S.

Theft – vehicle

8/27, 11:30 p.m., 5200 block of 12th Ave. S.

Vandalism – criminal mischief

8/24, 11:20 p.m., 1000 block of 59th Street S.

8/26, 6:30 a.m., 5100 block of 24th Ave.


South Pasadena


8/22, 6:27 p.m., 7400 block of Sun Island Drive S.

Theft – grand

8/22, 3:25 p.m., 800 block of Oleander Way S.

8/22, 5:22 p.m., 6800 block of Gulfport Blvd. S.

8/25, midnight, 1200 block of Pasadena Ave. S.

Theft – shoplifting

8/23, 3:21 p.m., 6800 block of Gulfport Blvd. S.


8/23, 9:02 p.m., 1200 block of Pasadena Ave. S.


St. Pete Beach


8/23, 10:43 p.m., 7100 block of Sunset Way

8/24, 12:46 a.m., 7800 block of Blind Pass Road

Theft – grand

8/26, 3:29 p.m., 3400 block of Gulf Blvd.

Theft – petit

8/27, 1 p.m., 6300 block of Gulf Blvd.

8/28, 5:00 p.m., 1000 block of Gulf Way

Theft – shoplifting

8/28, 12:04 p.m., 300 block of 75th Ave.


St. Petersburg  

8/29 – A 2015 Ford F450 tow truck being driven by William Daniel Tabor, 35, was driving northbound on 34th Street N. in the center lane and had stopped for the red light at 5th Avenue N. Tabor was towing a 2007 Ford he had just repossessed. A wheelchair-bound pedestrian was crossing 34th Street N. from the east side to the west side in the crosswalk along the south side of the intersection. As the wheelchair-bound pedestrian entered the road and began crossing, the traffic light changed from red to green. Tabor began driving his tow truck northbound on 34th Street N. and struck the wheelchair-bound pedestrian with the front of his truck. The wheelchair-bound pedestrian was thrown to the ground and under the tow truck. The wheelchair-bound pedestrian, identified as Fae Ellen Lejune, 58, with no known local address, was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:45 a.m. by the St. Petersburg Fire Department.

8/29 – Police were notified shortly after noon of a shooting that occurred at 3620
16th Ave S. A 24-year-old man was shot outside of this address. The victim was taken to Bayfront Health Hospital and is in critical condition. Investigators do not believe this was a random shooting. Police have identified a suspect and are actively searching for him.


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