Punta Gorda Police Department

  • Agency: Punta Gorda Police Department
  • Address: 1410 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, 33950 FL
  • Chief: Albert A Arenal (Acting Chief of Police)
Phone: (941) 575-5519
Fax: (941) 575-5502

Punta Gorda Police Department is located at 1410 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, 33950 FL. The Acting Chief of Police of the department is Albert A Arenal. The Punta Gorda Police Department phone number is (941) 575-5519.

Punta Gorda Police Department News

*****Please Share***** On Monday, April 9, 2018, a resident reported that he received a suspicious letter in the mail from an unknown sender in an envelope with no return address. The letter was directed toward the resident and included his full name and address. The primary goal of the letter was to defraud the resident out of $8,500.00 by inferring that the author of the letter knew an embarrassing or criminal secret of the resident. "In the letter, the author informed the resident that he had evidence of a secret that the resident has been hiding. The author threatened to release this "evidence" to the resident’s wife and neighbors if he failed to comply. The letter included specific instructions on how to forward the $8,500.00 "confidentiality fee" to the author via Bitcoin, and provided a receiving Bitcoin address, where the money could be sent over the internet. The resident stated that he is confident that the author of the letter does not know him personally advised that he believes it may be some sort of scam or scare tactic to receive money from potential victims. The resident advised that he was not concerned about the threats because there is no validity to the author`s accusations.

On April 12, 2018, at approximately 8:25 pm, the male and female in the bellow pictures committed a theft at Wal Mart located at 5001 Taylor Rd. They were both seen placing items in the cart and exiting the store past all points of sale. The suspects then entered a 4 door black sedan with what appears to be black rims and no tint on the windows. The items stolen include beer and household goods to include toilet paper and cleaning detergents. The identities of the suspects are unknown at this time. Please contact Officer Woelk if you have information pertaining to this investigation at 941-639-4111 or mwoelk@pgorda.us. Thanks in advance for your assistance in this matter.

PLEASE SHARE The Punta Gorda Police Department will be conducting new hire testing for Police Officers on June 13-15, 2018. Online applications must be submitted by June 6, 2018. To apply visit www.PuntaGordaPolice.com and select Employment Opportunities. For additional information please contact Captain Nahra at 941-639-4111.

*****Attempt to Identify Theft Suspect***** On April 4, 2018, the individual depicted above entered the Punta Gorda Wal-Mart and stole a Bluetooth speaker (valued at $149.00) and a Promark P70 GPS Drone (valued $139.00). He is depicted walking out of the store through the fire door with both items. If you have any information on this individual please notify Corporal Jimenez at kjimenez@pgorda.us or 941-661-8305. Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

UPDATE: This event raised nearly $21,000 that will be used to continue the great work and substance abuse education provided by Drug Free Charlotte County! Thanks to everyone that donated! Chief Davis went "Over the Edge" this morning to raise money for Drug Free Charlotte County!

MISSING PERSON UPDATE / PLEASE SHARE NAME: Assunta "Suzy" Tomassi AGE: 73 HEIGHT: 5' 08" WEIGHT: 130-140 lbs. CLOTHING: Black leather jacket, blue and white striped shirt, black pants, and gold colored wedged high-heeled shoes. She was carrying a black Coach brand purse with a multi-colored polka-dotted scarf attached to it. ACCESSORIES: Multiple silver and gold rings, gold Rolex watch, silver and gold bracelets, white gold 36”necklace with pineapple pendant and Costa Del Mar sunglasses. (See attached photos for rings and watch.) On March 16, 2018, at approximately 5:45 p.m., Assunta “Suzy” Tomassi was last seen on foot in the area of the exit driveway at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area on Oslo Rd. east of U.S. 1 in Vero Beach, Florida after traversing the sidewalk in front of the businesses of the South Vero Square Shopping Center from north to south. Mrs. Tomassi indicated she was going outside to read just prior to walking away towards the shopping center from her family owned restaurant, The Quilted Giraffe, located just north of the shopping center. A witness reported seeing her near the conservation area exit drive and they looked away. They stated when they looked back they no longer saw her but did see a silver vehicle pulled into the exit drive the wrong way and noticed it back out then proceed back towards U.S. 1 west bound on Oslo Rd. There was no further description of the vehicle or occupants from the witness. Mrs. Tomassi has advanced dementia but is lucid at times conversing regularly to the point a stranger might not recognize she has the disease unless they spend extended time with her. At the time she walked away, she was able to identify family, friends and was aware her family owned the Quilted Giraffe and Mr. Manatee’s in Vero Beach but more recently she would also sometimes meet strangers and think she knew them as friends. She has routinely walked back and forth from the stores in the shopping center and the Quilted Giraffe without incident in the recent past. She did not have a phone nor was she able to remember phone numbers. It is believed she had very little cash and no credit cards in her possession at the time she disappeared. Mrs. Tomassi is hard of hearing and has a very distinct Italian accent when she speaks. She is an avid animal lover and can be drawn to them if she sees them in public. Extensive searches have been conducted in the areas surrounding her last known location and to date no signs of Mrs. Tomassi have been located, leading investigators to believe she left the area in a vehicle either voluntarily or involuntarily. The family issued a $5,000.00 reward immediately after her disappearance but no viable tip or information has been received. As of April 12, 2018 the reward has been increased to $10,000.00 Mrs. Tomassi has a daughter and granddaughter in Charlotte County / Rotonda. Several days prior to her disappearance she mentioned to her daughter she was very eager to see her granddaughter. No additional contact has been made since that conversation. It is unknown if she could have been attempting to reach the west coast for this purpose when she disappeared. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Mrs. Tomassi or have seen any of the listed jewelry or personal property please, contact Detective Michael Dilks or Detective Greg Farless with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office at (772)-978-6101. These photographs are a few of the more distinct pieces of jewelry worn by Mrs. Tomassi at the time of her disappearance. Additional photographs of her bracelets and necklace are available.

Come see Captain Nahra today at the job fair being held at Career Source Southwest Florida and get your application in!! #PGPD 🚓

UPDATE: Yoda is back with his family safe and sound! Bravo Squad found this little guy running around Burnt Store Meadows last night. He got to hang out with Corporal Davoult and Officer Smith while they tried to locate his family. Unfortunately, they could not find them and Bravo Squad already has their K9 position filled by Chase. He was taken to the Animal Welfare League.

Happy birthday to K9 Chase who turns two years old today! Don't party too hard today, you still have to work tonight!

Just a reminder that Chief Davis and Sheriff Prummell will be going "Over the Edge" on Saturday, April 14th at 9:30 AM to raise money for Drug Free Charlotte County. They will be rappelling off the Sun Trust building at 18501 Murdock Circle. There will also be fun and games for the whole family from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM, including the Punta Gorda Police Department's Interactive Trailer as well as Officer Gonzalez and K9 Skye who will be out there to meet and greet everyone! This is a great event raising money for an organization that does a lot for the youth in our community! Come out and show your support for Chief Davis by wearing blue! Then stick around for some fun and maybe even get a picture with Skye! If you haven't donated yet, there is still time to make your donation for Chief Davis by visiting: https://otecwe.com/charlotte-county/chief-pamela-davis/

Punta Gorda Police Department officers and dispatchers conduct join Incident Command training to ensure that everyone is prepared and on the same page when a critical incident occurs.

PLEASE SHARE: The Punta Gorda Police Department has received multiple reports of an image that has been making the rounds online of an individual holding what appears to be an "assault rifle" with the caption "F--- CHS I'm going out with a bang" and "dont go to school tmrw." This was thoroughly investigated by the police department with assistance from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office and we have confirmed that this was posted on Snapchat by a student at Clovis High School (CHS) in New Mexico. The student was arrested earlier in the week by Clovis police for making the threat. Please share with parents and students at Charlotte High School that this is not a threat to our school.

Here is just one of the many little things that the Volunteers in Policing Marine Unit does to make Punta Gorda just a little bit of a safer and nicer place to live. Boaters and wildlife don't have to worry about these pieces of lumber, umbrella stands, chairs, truck tires, and plastic bag floating around our canals.

Corporal Davoult, Officer Burga, Officer Irving, K9 Chase, and the rest of Bravo Squad hosted Girl Scout Troop 321 for a tour of the department. We think the officers had as much fun as the kids!

PGPD is proud to have been part of this list along with these other great agencies. If you're not following us on Twitter yet go to www.twitter.com/pgpdfl now!

Remember that there are a lot of one way roads in our city, especially in the areas near Downtown Punta Gorda, the Historic District, and Fishermen's Village. Always check twice before making a turn to make sure that you are driving with the flow of traffic and not against it!

Of the many different jobs that our officers perform for our community, turtle herding may not be the most exciting or glamorous, but Corporal Jimenez along with a City of Punta Gorda Parks and Grounds employee ensure that this little guy is out of harms way.

The Punta Gorda City Council issued a proclamation yesterday recognizing next week as Telecommunicators Week! Punta Gorda dispatchers handle all calls for service in Punta Gorda for both police and fire. Dispatching is one of the most demanding jobs in public safety and we are lucky to have such an amazing team here!

POLICE INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN SEVEN PALMS On April 5, 2018 at approximately 7:15 a.m. a resident of the Seven Palms apartment complex contacted the Punta Gorda Police Department and stated that at approximately 4:50 a.m. she heard a loud noise, but went back to sleep. The resident stated that when she awoke this morning she discovered what she believed was a bullet hole in her apartment window. Officers and detectives responded and located a bullet hole in the window of the caller’s apartment as well as additional bullet holes in another apartment window and in a vehicle parked in front of the building. There were no injuries reported. Detectives believe that this is an isolated incident and there does not appear to be any risk to the public in general. Residents should expect to see police presence while detectives and crime scene investigators continue to investigate. If anyone has any information on this incident, please contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS and you may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.

Officer Irving assisted a Florida Fish and Wildlife trapper with wrangling this seven foot gator in Buttonwood Village. All in a day's work in Punta Gorda.

PRESS RELEASE: Punta Gorda Police Make Arrests in Nationwide ATM Skimming Case On March 28, 2018 at approximately 5:30 p.m. police were dispatched to Bank of America, located at 100 Madrid Boulevard, in reference to two males who were allegedly in possession of fraudulent credit cards. The complainant, a fraud investigator with First Merchants Bank of Indiana, stated that the bank, along with the United States Secret Service, were investigating a series of ATM skimming incidents that have occurred in branches in multiple states throughout the Midwest. The complainant stated that at this time they knew of approximately 288 bank accounts that had been affected and that approximately $38,000 had been stolen from bank patrons so far. The complainant was able to track the fraudulent transactions and stated that the most recent had occurred at an ATM at Bank of America. While responding to the bank, Officer Woelk was advised by the complainant that another transaction had just occurred at the Circle K located at 3949 Tamiami Trail. Upon his arrival the suspects had departed, but Officer Woelk was able to get a description of the suspects and their vehicle from an employee. Officer Woelk relayed this information to Officer Farley who was patrolling the area for the suspects and a short time later Officer Farley located the suspects and their vehicle in the parking lot of the Publix located at 3941 Tamiami Trail. Contact was made with the suspects who claimed to be juveniles and provided officers with a fraudulent Italian identification card. The suspects were found to be in possession of a large amount of cash, multiple gift cards, and a rental vehicle. While speaking with the suspects the manager of Publix approached the officers and advised that the suspects had just been in the store attempting to purchase a $50 gift card using a credit card that was declined. The complainant was able to confirm that one of the stolen credit card numbers had just been used at this Publix. Detective Lieutenant Cochran and Detective Corporal Meddaugh responded and took over the investigation. While being interviewed the suspects admitted that they were a part of an organized crime syndicate that had placed skimmers on ATM machines to steal credit card information. The suspects stated that the stolen credit card information was then programmed onto fraudulent cards and that they were traveling and using those cards at various businesses and ATM machines to purchase gift cards, goods, and cash. Both suspects were placed under arrest and transported to the Charlotte County Jail on 31 counts of Criminal Use of Personal Information and one count of Providing False Name to Law Enforcement.

Just a reminder that if you are not seeing our Throw Back Thursday posts on Twitter you are missing out! This week is a photo of the Punta Gorda Police Department's Chief Davis (then the Ann Arundel County Police Department's Sergeant Davis) with her K9 Shiloh and 426 pounds of marijuana confiscated back in 1998. See the picture at www.Twitter.com/pgpdfl and follow our page while you are there!

PLEASE SHARE: Assunta (Suzy) Tomassi was last seen at approximately 5:45 pm on March 16th near the Publix at US 1 and Oslo Road in Vero Beach, Florida. She had walked from her family owned restaurant, The Quilted Giraffe, and continued through the shopping plaza to Oslo Road and has not been seen since. Suzy Tomassi suffers from advanced dementia and is considered a vulnerable adult. While she is a resident of Fort Pierce, Florida and has businesses in Vero Beach she also has a daughter and granddaughter in Charlotte County. She spoke of visiting the granddaughter a few days prior to disappearing in Vero Beach. If anyone has seen her or has information related to her disappearance please contact Detective Michael Dilks with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office at 772-569-6700 or Lt. Terry A. Cochran with the Punta Gorda Police Department at 941-639-4111 .

Punta Gorda Police Department detectives are looking for information regarding a 2015 Bobcat Skid Steer that was stolen from 3811 Tamiami Trail. The one stolen is similar to the one in the photo, but with an auger in place of the bucket. The truck in the photos is believed to be involved in the theft. If you have any information, please contact SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS and you may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.