On Patrol – Week ending July 10, 2015

The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy.

June 26

Possible manatee rescue

12:57 p.m.

Officer Smith arrived at the 5100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in report of possibly injured manatee. Officer Smith observed a manatee approximately 200 feet from shore. There was a large group of people gathered around the area. He asked the group to move away from the manatee and all complied with the instructions. Officer Smith made contact with a representative from Mote Marine and they indicated it sounded like the manatee was just resting and that it was normal behavior. Nothing further.


Traffic accident

1:55 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Bay Isles Parkway Publix in regard to a vehicle accident. Upon arrival, Officer Bergeron made contact with the complainant who advised that he and a white Ford pickup were backing up when he struck the pickup truck. The complainant advised that the pickup truck did not sustain any damage. Officer Bergeron asked him where the other vehicle was and the complainant said that the driver of the truck told him that he needed to be somewhere. The complainant said that he told the driver it was okay to leave since the accident was his fault. The complainant advised that the driver did leave him with a business card, tag, and telephone number. The business card had a phone number which Officer Bergeron used to contact him. Officer Bergeron informed the owner of the company to call him with the name of the person that was driving the vehicle, he said he would find out what happened and contact the police department. The complainant’s vehicle sustained damages to the driver’s rear tail light and bumper (approximately $500 in damages). The complainant was given an exchange form to provide his insurance company. Nothing further.


June 27

Missing knife

11:33 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Longboat Key Police Department in response to a walk in complaint. The complainant advised that approximately one month ago from this date, she let her yard maintenance person use a knife (bone handle, silver blade approximately 12 inches, part of a cutlery set, value at $1,000) to trim her Bird of Paradise plant. She advised that she later looked for the knife, but was unable to locate it. Officer Bergeron asked her why she waited a month to report the knife missing. She said that she wanted to make sure it wasn’t in her residence before she accused him of taking it. The complainant provided Officer Bergeron with the yard person’s phone number, and Officer Bergeron advised her that he would attempt to make contact with him concerning the missing knife. The complainant was given a case number and advised to contact the police department if the knife was located or if she had any other questions. Officer Bergeron later made contact with the yard person by telephone and asked him about the knife. He said that he remembered the complainant using an old rusty knife to cut plants with. He also said that she asked him for the knife later, but he told her that he never had the knife. The yard person said that he assisted her in looking for the knife and even checked her roof. Officer Bergeron asked him if last month was the last time he worked for her, he advised that she had him cut her lawn approximately two weeks ago. The yard person thinks the complainant may be having some type of memory issues. Officer Bergeron asked him to contact police department if he had any further information regarding the incident.


Found wallet

4:45 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to 400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive to retrieve a brown wallet containing $20, miscellaneous credit cards and Florida driver’s license. Officer Smith was contacted by the Longboat Police Department by the complainant who  stated he had left his wallet at the gas station on June 27. Officer Smith had him verify all property was still in his wallet and sign a property receipt. The wallet was returned without incident.


June 28

Found purse

9:39 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to the Longboat Key Fire Station 2 in regard to found property. He made contact with Fire/Rescue worker who advised that a woman found a two tone brown purse laying on the ground just north of the 1200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Bergeron took possession of the purse and found the name of the person to whom it belonged. Officer Bergeron made contact with the owner of the purse at the address and she did an inventory of the purse’s contents. She said all the items were in the purse. Officer Bergeron had her sign property receipt and she was given her purse and a case number. Nothing further.



12:37 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Longboat Club Road in regard to an alarm activation, when he arrived he heard an audible alarm. Officer Bergeron checked the vacant exterior of the property and found no issues. The audible alarm reset and he cleared the call. Approximately 45-60 minutes later, he received a dispatch to return to the residence in reference to the alarm being activated again. Longboat Key dispatch contacted the key holder to respond. Upon the key holder’s arrival, Officer Bergeron and the key holder checked the interior of the residence and found that an upstairs master bedroom exterior door was not fully secure. The door was closed, but not locked. The inclement weather was causing the door to move, thus activating the alarm. The door was locked and secure.


June 29

Suspicious circumstance

3:18 a.m.

Officer Silverio responded to 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a complaint of suspicious circumstance. The complainant said that he was trying to do some online banking internationally but got a pop-up on his computer stating that he should call a certain phone number for technical help. He called the number and spoke to a person who had access to his I.P. address for his computer. The male person went into his computer and was navigating around. No spyware was noted. The wife wanted to speak to a supervisor but lost the connection. The complainant gave Officer Silverio two phone numbers to call, and he only received connection to the second number. That connection was to technical support for MAC computers. Nothing further.


June 30

Neighbor disturbance

12:03 a.m.

Sgt. Thompson responded to a disturbance at 2600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Upon arrival, he could hear loud music and voices coming from one of the units. Sgt. Thompson then made contact with the person inside the unit who is 20 years old. He is staying in the room that his grandmother rented, she was also on the property in one of the rooms. The grandson had six people in his room between 18-20 years of age who had been drinking. The alcohol that had not been consumed was poured out and disposed of. The subjects involved are family and friends from Lakeland that have four rooms rented out, no further action taken.







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