On Patrol – Week ending March 17, 2017

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

March 8

Burglar alarm

Officer Schoepfer responded to Longboat Club Road in reference to a burglar alarm call. Upon arrival, Officer Schoepfer located an open balcony door on the second floor of the residence. Officer Schoepfer then checked around the rest of the residence and located an unlocked door in the rear of the residence. He then entered and cleared the residence. There did not appear to be any sign of forced entry or criminal activity. Everything inside the residence appeared to be in place and undisturbed. Officer Schoepfer located the bedroom balcony door and tried to lock it. The door would not lock and was probably blown open by the wind. Officer Schoepfer put a door stop on the door to try to keep it from opening again. Officer Schoepfer then exited the residence through the unlocked rear door. Officer Schoepfer was advised by dispatch that there is no keyholder for this residence. Officer Schoepfer made contact with the alarm company and advised them that there is an unlocked door in the rear of the residence and to let the owners know. The alarm company said they were unable to reset the alarm remotely but the alarm should reset itself after approximately 20 minutes. No further action at this time. End of report.


March 9

Fishing dispute

Officer Cooper was dispatched to the Longboat Pass Bridge for a dispute between people fishing on the bridge and on a boat. Upon arrival, Officer Cooper made contact with the bridge tender who stated she did not observe any disputes this evening. Officer Cooper also made contact with individuals on the two boats near the bridge and they stated they did not call or have any disputes with anyone on the bridge. While there was fishing gear present, no one was fishing off the bridge during his arrival or admitted to having a dispute with any passing boats. At this time, Officer Cooper cleared the bridge and instructed everyone where fishing was allowed in the future. Sgt. Smith spoke with the caller who stated he left the area prior to the officer’s arrival. Officer cooper will continue to monitor the bridge throughout the evening shift. Nothing further to report at this time.


Suspicious person

Officer Schoepfer responded to the Center Shops in reference to a suspicious person going through garbage cans. Upon arrival, Officer Schoepfer made contact with a man who stated he is homeless and has been walking from Tampa to his destination in Venice. The man stated that he is homeless and was just looking in the garbage cans in the back of the restaurant to see if he could find some discarded food. There were no warrants on the man and no crime had been committed. Officer Schoepfer drove the man to the New Pass Bridge where he continued on his way to Venice.


Lost key

Officer Houchins was dispatched to assist a citizen in the 100 block of Broadway in regard to the caller having lost his key to the lock of his bicycle while he was on the beach. The caller requested that police respond with bolt cutters to assist him in removing the cable lock. Unfortunately, the bolt cutters were unable to free the caller’s bicycle. The caller was given a ride to his residence a short distance away.


Suspicious vehicle

Sgt. Smith was on patrol in the Broadway Beach Access and observed a white Lexus parked in the parking lot in violation of the town ordinance of parking after dark. Sgt. Smith made contact with the subjects and informed them of the town ordinance. They stated they were unaware of the ordinance. The subject stated he had accidentally run over the concrete bumper in front of the parking space and high centered his vehicle. Sgt. Smith made a check of both subjects and returned negative for wants and warrants on both. Sgt. Smith gave the subjects contact numbers for local tow truck companies. Sgt. Smith later made a check of the area and the vehicle had been removed.


March 10

Officer Ascencio and Sgt. Coffman responded to 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of someone sleeping on the sidewalk. The unknown female was found under the street light on the public sidewalk. She refused to give her name or address. She was sitting in a chaiar leaning against her buggy. She did not appear to be intoxicated and refused a ride to a shelter several times. The female was not blocking the sidewalk and people were able to get around her without leaving the sidewalk. No further action needed.




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