The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy.
12:27 p.m. Officer Martin responded to Gulfside Road in reference to a parking complaint. The complaint was at the beach access on Gulfside Road. Officer Martin found a white Chrysler parked in the handicap space. It had no placard on it. The owner appeared and Officer Martin collected her information and issued her a town parking violation. Case closed.
Officer Schoepfer found a dog that was running in the street at the 6900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. He then looked around the area for the dog’s owner and could not locate anyone. Officer Schoepfer called the phone number on the dog’s tag and left a voice mail message. He then took the dog to the Longboat Key Police Department office in case the owner calls. At approximately 8:15 a.m. Officer Schoepfer located the dog’s owner who was out looking for his dog. Officer Schoepfer then reunited the dog with his owner at their residence. The owner said the dog must have run out of the residence as someone was entering or exiting. No further action at this time.
Officer Martin observed a white van parked in front of the Colony occupied by a white male. Officer Martin made contact with the subject and he stated that he was early for an appointment down the street and was just waiting and having a cigarette. Case clear.
Sgt. Smith was dispatched to Harbour Court Drive for a report of a loud explosion. Sgt. Smith arrived and made contact with the complainant who stated that he heard a loud explosion coming from the area of the Moorings Marina. Sgt. Smith canvassed the area of the marina and made contact with a group of people that identified the vessel which was the source of the loud noise. Sgt. Smith made contact with the owner of the vessel via a phone call and he stated he was anchored out in Sarasota Bay just north east of Mooring Marine. The owner stated that he had detonated a ‘Sunset Cannon,’ and was the source of the loud explosion. Sgt. Smith issued the owner a verbal warning concerning the town ordinance regulating sound. The owner stated he understood and would not detonate the cannon while in the area of Longboat Key.
Officer Hodo was dispatched to 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a walk in complaint of property damage. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the driver who stated that she was driving in the 3100 block of Harbourside Drive when an errant golf ball from the Longboat Key Resort Golf and Country Club struck the front of her windshield. The complainant stated that she saw the white golf ball bouncing off after impact. The complainant had no further comments.
Buoy washed ashore
Officer Houchins responded to 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive regarding a buoy that had washed up on the beach. Officer Houchins was able to contact the owners and advised them of the location and they advised that they would be out to retrieve it on Feb. 2.
Officer Martin responded to General Harris Street regarding a suspicious Toyota driving up the streets over the last several hours around the area of this location. Unknown if the tag information was just an error. Officer Martin and other unit checked the area and it was gone. Nothing further to follow up.
Boat engine trouble
Officer Kolodzieski was flagged down by a white and red bow rider near Marker 38. The vessel was in a very narrow section of the Intracoastal Waterway and the operator advised they were having engine trouble. Officer Kolodzieski activated his blue lights and asked if they had any commercial towing assistance. They advised they did not and would not like to have the officer call for towing assistance. They said they would like to try and start their vessel again. Officer Kolodzieski stayed nearby in the narrow channel as they attempted to work on their vessel. Within a few minutes a Yellow Century center console vessel came by and offered to tow them to safety. Officer Kolodzieski stood by to slow traffic in the channel as they prepared for the tow. After they had attached a towline, Officer Kolodzieski checked with the disabled vessel and the Good Samaritan in the Century and they both signaled they were underway and okay. Nothing further.
Officer Cooper was dispatched to 7200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a suspicious person. After a brief search of the area, Officer Cooper made contact with the suspicious person who flagged him down and informed the officer he was lost. The man stated he was staying on a boat on Anna Maria and couldn’t find his way back. Sgt. Smith gave him a courtesy ride back to his boat. Nothing further.
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