On Patrol – Week ending January 27, 2017

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

Jan. 16

Painting the storm drain

3:53 p.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to Ranger Lane for someone possibly dumping paint down a storm drain. Sgt. Smith met with the complainant who stated he saw a male individual dump a bucket of what he thought contained paint down a storm drain near his residence. He described the individual as a bald-headed male wearing a tan shirt. Sgt. Smith observed a white Ford van parked in front of one of the homes. The van had the company name on the side of it. An individual matching the complainant’s description was observed outside the van. Sgt. Smith talked with the man and he said he was doing masonry work and had put water and a sand mixture down the storm drain. There was no evidence of paint or any hazardous environmental substance observed. The worker was advised to not place anything down the storm drain.


Jan. 17

Stolen garbage cans

2:03 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to 3900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to two missing garbage cans. Upon arrival, Officer Schoepfer was advised that the property manager was at her office, and he made contact with her. The manager advised that two Waste Management garbage cans were missing from the property. The manager said the garbage cans were last seen at the property on Jan. 12 before garbage pickup. The manager said there is nobody living in the residence at this time but there is construction being done to the residence. The manager stated she needed a police case number for Waste Management to replace the garbage cans. Estimated value for the garbage cans is $100.



11:31 a.m.

Sgt. Morningstar responded to 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a disturbance. The caller was the property manager who advised two male subjects were yelling nose-to-nose and about to get into a physical altercation during a board meeting. When officers arrived the subjects had already left; one of the subjects was leaving. There was no physical altercation and the meeting had resumed. No further action needed.


Jan. 18

Found debit card

8:00 a.m.

Officer Feagle responded to the police department for a complainant who walked in and had found a debit card sitting on a bench at Durante Park. He advised there was no other persons at the park. He then walked to the Police Department and turned the debit card in to Officer Feagle. The officer attempted to contact the owner without results. Turned debit card over the property Officer Mimbs.


Dating gone wrong

12:31 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to the police department in reference to a public service. Officer Hodo interviewed the complainant who stated that she met a white male on a dating site who stated that he lived off St. Jude Drive in Longboat Key. The complainant stated that she had been texting and emailing with this man for approximately a month. The woman stated that their conversation turned strange when she was asked for money on several occasions. The complainant stated that she thinks that the man she was in contact with had an account that got hacked. The woman stated that she did not give any money and stopped contacting the man. The woman stated that she just wanted to make a police report.


Abandoned 911 call

6:30 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to 5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to an abandoned 911 call. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the owner of the residence. The owner stated that he was trying to call New York and dialed 911 by mistake. The owner stated that everything was fine at his residence. The owner made no further comments. Officer Hodo noted that there was no other evidence at the scene that someone was having an emergency. At this time, there is no further investigation.


Public service

11:38 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Bay Isles Road to assist with a public service call. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio spoke with the bank manager who stated that the vault was not properly secured when the bank was closed and that she needed an escort into the bank. He entered the bank and the manager was able to secure the open vault. She then contacted the alarm company and they reset the alarm. The bank was left secured and the alarm was on.


Jan. 19

Missing driver’s license

9:33 a.m.

Officer Bidwell was dispatched to Longboat Key Police Department in reference to a lost driver’s license. The complainant advised that she picked up all her belongings and left the beach at sunset and did not realize until she got home that her driver’s license was missing. The complainant went back to the same spot this morning to look for the license and it was not there. Officer Bidwell issued the complainant a case number and advised if she needed further assistance to contact the police department for her needs. Nothing further.


Alarm mishap

2:06 p.m.

Captain Skinner arrived at Bay Isles Road in reference to a robbery/ATM alarm. Upon arrival, he observed an armored Loomis truck at the ATM and two uniformed and armed Loomis workers were accessing the ATM. Captain Skinner contacted Loomis employee and he stated that this was a newly installed ATM and he was unaware that the alarm had gone off. Captain Skinner contacted the bank manager and informed her of the alarm. She confirmed that the Loomis employees are allowed access to the ATM and she confirmed that it was a newly installed ATM.



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