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Feb. 25, 1:30 p.m.: On the 5200 block of North Orange Blossom Trail, Officer Croteau responded to a motor vehicle theft. According to his report, "The `39-year-old` victim stated on Feb. 25, 2006, at approximately 11:15 hours, the victim's daughter-in-law … returned to the victim's apartment driving the victim's green, 1999 Mercury Sable four-door. … The victim stated that at approximately 1300 hours, she went outside and observed that her vehicle was missing. The victim repeatedly stated she believed her son, `21-year-old male`, had taken her vehicle without permission, and the victim stated she wanted to prosecute for the theft of her car."

Now there's some tough lovin'.

Officer Croteau received a completed stolen vehicle affidavit from the victim and started to leave the complex when he observed the vehicle in question pulling into the apartment complex. The victim "responded to the vehicle" after the officer conducted a vehicle stop and repeated that she wanted to press charges. Is mom sending her boy to jail?

Nah. According to the police report, "The victim reversed her decision, declining to press charges." Stay tuned for reports of a 21-year-old victim being beaten with a shoe by a 39-year-old perp.

Feb. 25, 2:25 p.m.: In the 1400 block of Mercy Drive, Officer Malik was flagged down by our victim — a 37-year-old ice cream vendor — in reference to a disturbance. The victim stated that she was driving her ice cream truck when she observed "a large group of males … sitting on the curb selling drugs. `The victim` was flagged down by some of the guys in the group. `17-year-old` suspect No. 1 asked for ice cream. `The victim` asked for the money first. He did not have any money, but grabbed for ice cream from the cooler. She pushed him back. Suspect No. 1 left and then a large group of black males came back to the ice cream truck."

"At that time suspect No. 1 opened the front passenger door and stole `the victim's` cell phone and sunglasses from the center console. He also took an unknown item from a plastic bag that was on the front passenger seat. `17-year-old` suspect No. 2 reached into the truck from the side window, where she sells ice cream on the passenger side. He tried to pull the cooler full of ice cream towards him. When `the victim` pulled the cooler back from him, suspect No. 2 punched her hard on the right side of her face; then the suspects ran westbound toward the back of The Palms Apartments."

The perps escaped with $120 worth of stolen property, but did not score any ice cream. A mixed victory for our victim, but at least she was able to leave the perps suffering from a case of the munchies.

Feb. 26, 7:32 p.m.: Officer Ochiuzzo responded to a "persons robbery" on the 3300 block of South Kirkman Road. Upon his arrival, the 28-year-old female victim stated that "she was unloading the trunk of her car outside of her apartment when two boys walked up to her on her right side and asked for change for a $20 bill. `The victim` stated no, and the two boys hesitated. `The victim` turned back to her car and the smaller of the two boys walked up to her with a gun and said, ‘Give me your bag, bitch,' and pulled it off her arm. The two boys ran off."

The victim described the perps: "The smaller of the two boys was a black male, about 12 to 13 years of age, and was wearing jeans, a black jacket and a black beanie hat. The gun was black. The other black male was slightly taller, wearing jeans and a T-shirt." Police value the stolen property at $2 — $1 for miscellaneous credit cards, $1 for the purse. A note to parents to keep your boys out of trouble: Give them their allowance in small, unmarked bills.

Feb. 25, 9:58 p.m.: In the 5000 block of Arnold Palmer Drive, officers Goodwin and Ochiuzzo responded to yet another "persons robbery" where they spoke with our 31-year-old female victim. "Around 2200 hours, `the victim` parked her car. While she was locking the car, `the victim` was surprised by a child, approximate age of 13 or 14 years, with black skin. The suspect asked `the victim` for change for a dollar. The suspect followed `the victim` into the hallway of her apartment, attempted to pull `victim's` purse from her, and he told `the victim`, ‘Give me your purse, I will not hurt you.'" The victim resisted and started to scream. The victim's roommate opened the door and the mini-perp fled.

According to the report, "The suspect was a black male, approximately 4 feet 11 inches to 5 feet tall, thin build, 120 pounds. He was wearing a black jacket, blue shirt, hip-hop shorts and white socks. He pointed a black gun at `the victim`. She described it as black and metal."

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