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Bizarre crimes from Tampa police files

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JUST IN CASE: A man at the Public Storage facility on N. 30th Street in Tampa was at his storage unit when he "saw an unusual object that he suspected may have been a bomb." With words like suspected and may have been you already sense there's no bomb, but when the cops showed up to investigate, they "could not determine that it was not [a bomb]." At times like this, there is only one thing to do: Call in more cops. Sure enough, a bomb squad team showed up and prepared to defuse the mysterious item before "declaring it was not an explosive device." However, one detective was not satisfied. The amazing last line of the police report: "CIB Detective Fendle had the object collected by TPD's crime lab to continue his investigation in case the object was meant to be a bomb."

FUN ON SUMMER VACATION PART I: As area kids march back to school this week, they may wax nostalgic about the adventures they got into when not encumbered by the deadening routine of school. Tales of lakes and campfires and sports played in yards and streets. Of course, not every vacationing teen's summer was crime-free. For example, police responded to a report of a stolen trailer "loaded with two large industrial mowers valued at approx. $11,000.00" on N. 22nd Street in Tampa. After a quick check of the area, the mowers were located in a back yard on N. 25th Street. Also at the scene was a group of juveniles. The boys were questioned, but only one was arrested on unrelated charges. I believe these kids had nothing to do with it, if only because I seem to remember spending most summers staying as far away from lawnmowers as humanly possible.

FUN ON SUMMER VACATION PART II: The teenage suspect in this case apparently fancied himself some kind of neighborhood watch representative. The victim was riding his bike on Great Falls Lane in Tampa when he was approached by the suspect, who said, "What are you doing on my block? Get off my block." To get his point across, the kid punched the victim in the nose, knocking him off his bike, which the kid then stole. The victim told his aunt what had happened, and she called police who quickly recovered the bike and arrested the thief.

From the files of the T.P.D.

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