On Patrol – Week ending March 10, 2017

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

Feb. 27

Too close to eagle’s nest

Officer Houchins was dispatched to Triton Bend on a report of a construction site being too close to and disturbing an eagle’s nest. The nest was located in a tree behind the residence under construction. When Officer Houchins arrived, he observed for a short while and could not see how the nest was allegedly being disturbed. Officer Houchins also searched through the town code and found no codes addressing this issue.


Feb. 28

Snake in the bathroom

Officer Kovarik was dispatched to Harbour Oaks Drive for a call of a snake contained in a bathroom. Upon arrival, Sgt. Smith was already on scene and had the snake in a container. Sgt. Smith released the snake outside. Nothing further.



Officer Houchins responded to 1700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference of a woman causing a disturbance. When Officer Houchins arrived, the suspect female was sitting in her vehicle. Officer Houchins spoke to the manager of the complex who stated that the suspect female had come into the complex and was causing a verbal disturbance. The manager stated that the woman has been to the property the previous few weekends on showings and had also caused issues. The manager stated that the woman was no longer welcome and that she wanted her to leave as she was making the staff feel uncomfortable. Officer Houchins then spoke with the suspect female. She was initially argumentative, but then calmed down. Officer Houchins told her that because of her behavior and the disturbance she created, she was no longer allowed back at the complex. Officer Houchins told the woman that the manager said that her realtor was more than welcome to conduct business on her behalf. The woman considered this and then said that she was going to look into other properties instead. The woman left without incident.


Suspicious woman

Officer Houchins was sent to 6300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a suspicious person. When he arrived, the suspicious woman had already left. The suspicious person was the woman Officer Houchins spoke with earlier at the 1700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive (see above). Officer Houchins spoke with the manager who said that she was awakened early in the morning by a female who was wanting to rent a room. The manager was informed by one of her other guests that the female had slept the night on the beach using one of the lounge chairs. The manager said that the woman seemed ‘off’ like something was wrong with her. The manager stated that the female attempted to pay using a credit card but that it was declined. The manager said that she then told the woman that she would have to leave. The woman then got into her newer Jeep Grand Cherokee and was reported to have blasted loud music for several minutes before leaving. The manager noted that the vehicle appeared to have a lot of property in it as if the female was living out of her vehicle. A check of the immediate area was negative.





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