Local Crime Watch: Sept 15

A sampling of police reports from September 1 to September 14 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, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the St. Petersburg Fire Department

Vehicle crime prevention tip from SPPD Officer Mark Williams:
Criminal activity involves three basic premises: desire, ability and opportunity. Of these three, we can only control one: opportunity. It is therefore vital to our communities that we reduce and hopefully eliminate the opportunity from us being targeted for crime.
We have been speaking for months about vehicle burglaries occurring throughout our city, yet the message is being repeated again. Please take the time and the few extra seconds or minutes to verify that all of your doors are locked, windows are secured, and no valuables are left behind. Remove all electronics, firearms, currency, and place them into a more secure location. Help us eliminate the opportunity.

St. Petersburg

9/5 – Around 10:30 a.m., St. Petersburg Fire Rescue responded to 3257 58th
St. N. for vehicle fire. When fire crews arrived on scene they found a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee on fire. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire and called for a fire investigator. The official cause of the fire has not been determined by St. Petersburg Fire Rescue and is still under investigation. This fire is currently being classified as undetermined, pending further details.


9/1 – Alpha and Charlie Squads dealt with issues related to Tropical Storm: Officers were dispatched to the beachfront regarding a boat that broke anchor and washed up near the shoreline. All parties were accounted for and uninjured. A total of four vessels broke anchor and washed up near shore during the storm. Officer Randazzo stopped a driver preparing to tow an individual on a wakeboard through floodwaters, and warned the pair against doing so. There were also multiple calls for downed power lines, trees and limbs, and street flooding. The last bands of the storm passed through the area early September 2.

9/3 – Officers impounded several vehicles parked between the 2800 and 3100 blocks of Beach Boulevard in preparation for GeckoFest. Residents in the area were notified in writing in advance that they were required to move their cars.

9/4 – Officer Carter made contact with Charles Lovett who was sleeping on the trail spur after dark. Lovett ran and was found hiding in a large trash can on Emerson Avenue. He was arrested for trespassing on the trail, resisting without violence and violation of felony curfew probation.

9/5 – A driver backing out of a driveway in the 5100 block of 15th Avenue accelerated across the street through a neighbor’s fence and into his water heater causing several hundred dollars’ damage. She was cited for improper backing and violation of learner’s permit.

9/6 – An officer stopped a car reported stolen in the Save-A-Lot plaza. The vehicle, a rental that was not returned on time, was impounded.


9/10, 11:35 p.m., 54th St. S & 15th Ave. S

Burglary – vehicle

9/5, 8:00 a.m., 5400 block of Shore Blvd. S

9/7, 12:30 p.m., 5500 block of Shore Blvd. S

9/9, 5:50 p.m., 5100 block of Gulfport Blvd. S

Theft – grand
9/9, 5:00 p.m., 6000 block of Shore Blvd. S

Theft – petit
9/8, 2:05 p.m., 4900 block of 17th Ave. S

Theft – recreational vehicle
9/5, 7:00 p.m., 5000 block of Gulfport Blvd. S

Theft – shoplifting
9/6, 7:30 p.m., 4900 block of 17th Ave. S

9/8, 12:00 a.m., 4900 block of 17th Ave. S

Theft – vehicle
9/6, 3:00 a.m., 1000 block of 49th St. S

South Pasadena

Theft – petit
9/4, 4:48 p.m., 1100 block of Rue Des Chateaux

9/9, Unknown time, 1500 block of Pasadena Ave. S

9/9, 12:23 a.m., 1200 block of Pasadena Ave. S

St. Pete Beach
9/8 – About 7:41 p.m., Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call regarding a drowning victim at 5500 Gulf Blvd. behind the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort. Gary R. Tribou, II, 28, of Pinellas Park was found unconscious and was transported to Palms of Pasadena Hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to deputies, Tribou was with friends when witnesses say he entered the water after consuming alcoholic beverages. About an hour later, a passerby found Tribou unconscious and pulled him ashore. St. Pete Beach Fire Department paramedics arrived on scene and life saving measures were attempted. Deputies say that alcohol and/or drugs appear to be factors in Tribou’s death. Next of kin has been notified. Deputies from the Patrol Operations Bureau are investigating.

9/9, 12:06 a.m., 600 block of 78th Ave.

9/4, 3:13 a.m., 5500 block of Gulf Blvd.

9/7, 10:45 p.m., 1100 block of Gulf Way

Burglary – structure
9/9, 11:15 p.m., 5200 block of Gulf Blvd.

Burglary – vehicle
9/6, 12:00 a.m., 200 block of S. Julia Circle

9/6, 12:00 a.m., 3100 block of W. Vina Del Mar Blvd.

9/6, 7:00 p.m., 2800 block of W. Vina Del Mar Blvd.

9/6, 10:00 p.m., 2800 block of W. Vina Del Mar Blvd.

9/6, 10:30 p.m., 2800 block of Alton Drive

9/10, 3:00 a.m., 400 block of 59th Ave.

9/10, 10:13 a.m., 500 block of 59th Ave.

9/10, 9:00 p.m., 5400 block of Pali Way

9/10, 10:00 p.m., 5400 block of Leilani Drive

9/10, 10:00 p.m., 7800 block of Boca Ciega Drive

9/10, 10:00 p.m., 59th Ave. & Bahama Way N

9/10, 10:00 p.m., 7800 block of Boca Ciega Drive

9/10, 11:59 p.m., 9300 block of Blind Pass Road

9/11, 5:00 p.m., 5900 block of Bahia Honda Way N

Kidnapping/false imprisonment
9/7, Unknown time, 6200th block & Gulf Blvd.

Theft – grand
9/4, 2:30 p.m., 4700 block Gulf Blvd.

Theft – petit
9/6, 1:00 p.m., 6600 block of Gulf Blvd.

9/7, 7:00 p.m., 900 block of Gulf Way

9/9, 9:00 p.m., 300 block of Corey Ave.

Theft – shoplifting
9/4, 10:22 a.m., 3800 block of Gulf Blvd.

Theft – vehicle
9/5, 3:54 p.m., 6100 block of Gulf Blvd.

9/10, 12:30 p.m., 5400 block of Leilani Drive

9/11, 1:00 a.m., 7800 block of Boca Ciega Drive

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