Your Police Department in Action
On July 19 the Indian Shores Police Department responded to an armed robbery call. Witnesses reported a man brandishing a handgun and demanding money from everyone present. The man then barricaded himself on a docked boat but was eventually taken into custody. He was subsequently arrested for armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, felony drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Stolen Vehicle with Warrants
Early Tuesday afternoon Indian Shores Police witnessed a reckless driver almost collide with a pedestrian. The pedestrian was halfway across Gulf Boulevard walking within the crosswalk and had activated the crossing signal. A traffic stop was conducted on the reckless driver, which revealed the tag did not belong to the vehicle it was attached to. Police soon discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen and the driver had four warrants out of Missouri. The driver was arrested for grand theft of a motor vehicle, driving on a suspended license and attaching a tag not assigned.
After contacting detectives in the City of Branson Police Department in Missouri, It was discovered that both the driver and passenger had stolen the vehicle before coming to Florida. Upon request of the detectives, the passenger was also arrested for grand theft of a motor vehicle. Both the driver and passenger are expected to be extradited back to Missouri.
Fraud and Strangulation
Late Wednesday afternoon Indian Shores Police received a call from a local restaurant concerned about persons selling gift certificates. An investigation revealed that several individuals would call a local restaurant and complain about the service and meal. However, they were never at the restaurant to begin with. They would just call and complain and in an effort to resolve the situation, the restaurant would issue numbered gift certificates valued upwards of $250. The individuals would then commit fraud by selling the certificates for a cash profit. It was discovered that multiple persons were calling from the same phone number, which tipped off the restaurant. Subsequently, one person was arrested for fraud, another was arrested for conspiracy to commit fraud and felony drug possession.
During the fraud investigation, Indian Shores Police also responded to a domestic battery in progress. Subsequent to that investigation, one adult was arrested for felony battery-strangulation.