The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy.
Officer Schoeper responded to Norton Street in reference to a property damage call. Upon arrival, he made contact with the complainant who stated that a Waste Management truck ran over grass in front of his residence while trying to go around another vehicle that was parked in the street. Upon inspection, Officer Schoepfer found that there was no damage to the complainant’s property. The grass that was run over is actually at the street line and is town property. The complainant stated he knows but wanted a case number to document issues with Waste Management trucks. The complainant said he filed a complaint a few months back when a Waste Management truck struck the water system in front of his residence. The complainant was issued a case number.
Sgt. Morningstar arrived at Halyard Lane in reference to a dispute between a homeowner and landscape contractor for work which was done and about to be done although no contract had been agreed upon. Sgt. Morningstar was able to mediate to the agreement of both parties and advised them that any other disputes would need to be resolved in civil court.
Officer Schoepfer responded to Harry’s Convenience Store at 5600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a traffic crash call regarding a vehicle driving into the front of the store. Upon arrival, Officer Schoepfer located the car which had crashed through the front of the store. Officer Schoepfer was advised there were no injuries inside the store. The driver of the car was still trapped inside the vehicle but he stated he was uninjured. Once Longboat Key Fire/Rescue arrived the vehicle was partially moved back out of the store and the driver of the car was able to get out of the car. EMS checked and cleared the driver. Officer Schoepfer then spoke to the driver who stated as he was pulling into a parking space in front of the store and he attempted to hit his brake. The driver stated he accidentally stepped on the accelerator ad the vehicle lurched forward jumping over the parking barrier and then through the front of the store. The car damaged the front of the store and also merchandise racks inside the store which were pushed back into other isles damaging other merchandise and racks. Officer Schoepfer spoke to the store owner who advised he had already contacted his insurance company who dispatched a crew out to board up the front of the store. The owner advised he estimated the value of the damage to the store and damaged racks and merchandise to be between $85,000 to $100,000. The vehicle was removed from the store and towed from the scene. No citation was issued due to the driver accidentally stepping on the wrong pedal. The driver was found at fault for the crash, all parties were issued a case number.
Officer Nagell was dispatched to 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a complaint of a sailboat in the bay possibly adrift. Officer Nagell observed the vessel from shore and was able to determine that the vessel was anchored in a deepwater area and no sign of distress. Upon deploying the Intrepid, Officer Nagell observed the vessel underway.
Sgt. Bergeron responded to Harbourside Drive in regard to a report of a lost Florida driver license. Upon arrival, Sgt. Bergeron made contact with the complainant. The complainant advised that he believes he last saw his driver’s license on Jan. 15 at either St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport or Bangor International Airport, Maine. The complainant advised that he needed a report to get a replacement driver’s license. The complainant was given a case number.
Officer Houchins was dispatched to Penfield Lane to check the health and welfare of the wife of the complainant. The complainant advised dispatch that he had been trying to contact his wife for several hours and he was now concerned for her welfare. When Officer Houchins arrived he located the wife in the driveway and explained to her why he was there. The wife checked and discovered that she had left her cell phone in the car. She retrieved it and made contact with the complainant. Nothing further added.
Officer Hodo was dispatched to 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a phone scam. The complainant stated that a caller identifying himself as ‘Roger’ from Florida Power and Light called her business. The complainant stated that Roger told her that she was two months behind on her light bill and that she needed to make a payment as soon as possible today. The complainant stated that she was not sure on the bill since her husband pays all the bills. The complainant stated that when Roger told her that she needed to go to Rite Aid Store and make payment using a money pack, she became suspicious. The complainant stated that stopped her conversation with Roger after determining that the call was a scam. The complainant stated the instructions from Roger. The complainant wanted to make a police report of the incident. The complainant made no further comments. No further investigation.
Officer Nagell while on patrol heard a fire alarm coming from the 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. H arrived to find all residents were evacuating the building. Officer Nagell advised dispatch of the alarm and they stated that the Fire Department was en route. Cooking smoke was the cause of the alarm. Officer Nagell was released by the Fire Department.
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