This week on Cops Corner: Plant City Police investigate multiple cases of fraud, damage at the Strawberry Festival grounds and an altercation outside of a department store.
MAXED OUT CARDS
2600 block of James L. Redman Pkwy.
Fraud: The victim responded to the Plant City Police Department and reported that she had purchased 10 separate gift cards to a department store at the location, each card carrying a value of $20 and equating to $200 in total. She later found out that the money was no longer on the cards.
1900 block of Lime St.
Criminal mischief: Officers made contact with the victim who alerted them that an unknown suspect had attempted to enter her shed by prying the corner of the window at some point throughout the night.
1200 block of W. Redbud St.
Fraud: Officers made contact with the victim who advised them that she had been scammed by an individual who claimed to be with Amazon Security, resulting in a loss of $17,000.
300 block of Berry Fest Pl.
Burglary: Officers met with an employee at the Strawberry Festival grounds who alerted them that an unknown suspect had entered the festival grounds overnight and damaged a door that led under the stadium’s stage.
LAWN AND GUARDIN’
2800 block of James L. Redman Pkwy.
Robbery: Officers responded to a department store at the location in reference to the report of an unresponsive male in a shed. Upon arrival, officers made contact with an individual who was sitting on the ground outside of the department store’s Garden Center entrance. Officers also observed the suspect laying on his back in the middle of the roadway, breathing but unresponsive in front of the Garden Center and near the previously mentioned individual. The individual stated that the suspect had attempted to rob him and his friend who had remained asleep in a display shed — where the two individuals had both slept the night before — throughout the incident and was unharmed. The individual stated that he was sitting in the parking lot at the location when the suspect approached him demanding money, to which he refused. He then returned to the display shed and laid down next to his friend when the suspect returned, kicking open the doors to the shed, wielding a large knife and demanding that the two individuals give him money. The individual claimed that the suspect then attempted to stab him but he was able to grab the suspect and sling him from inside the shed. The individual then stated that he walked away from the suspect to the store’s Christmas tree tent, asked an employee to call the police and that his friend never woke up and has no knowledge of the incident. The individual did not wish to press charges and signed a waiver of prosecution. The suspect was transported to South Florida Baptist Hospital for minor injuries.