The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy.
Dog on the beach
Sgt. Smith was dispatched to 7200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for the report of dogs on the beach. Sgt. Smith entered onto the beach at the path at the end of north Shore Road. Sgt. Smith was able to locate a small Chihuahua dog sitting with its owner. The owner was issued a verbal warning and was explained the ordinance violation. He was asked to remove the dog from the beach. Case clear, no further cause for action.
Officer Hodo was dispatched to 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a suspicious person. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the complainant who stated that he observed two unidentified white males looking in his rear bedroom window. The complainant stated that he walked toward the rear window and the two white men ran off in an unknown direction. The complainant stated that he did not call the police right away, because he was trying to get in touch with the management company first. The complainant stated that he was not able to get a good description due to the darkness. The complainant made no further comments. Officer Hodo checked the area and the beach for the possible two men with negative results. At this time no further investigation.
Officer Ascencio responded to Spanish Drive in reference to a disturbance between roommates. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio met with the complainant who stated she owns the home and is renting it to a man who has been living there since May 2016. She said she has been in Georgia for almost a year. She was upset because the tenant ‘lost’ her $1,200 three-person kayak. She also felt that the tenant was being disrespectful to her. She was wanting to know how to get him to leave. Officer Ascencio informed her of the eviction process and where to go to start this process. She also stated that she does not wish to file charges for theft of the kayak. Officer Ascencio then spoke to the tenant. He stated he is willing to leave but does not have anywhere to go until Friday. Both parties were advised to contact the police if either one felt it was needed. No further action.
Officer Nagell was notified by Code Enforcement Officer Elbon that a vessel was tied off to the dock near The Shore Restaurant construction site and the dockage was marked ‘No Trespassing.’ Officer Nagell met with the subject and informed him that he was unable to stay at the dock and provided him with alternative areas to anchor. The subject advised that he was unaware of the dock status and left the area without incident.
Officer Kovarik responded to Outrigger Lane to report of a Chevy pickup truck that has been parked in the complainant’s driveway for five days. The complainant stated that he does not know whose truck it is and that he did not give permission to anyone to park their vehicle in his driveway. After a short canvass, Officer Kovarik was able to find out the truck belonged to the neighbor on Outrigger Lane. The neighbor stated that they got permission to park the vehicle in the driveway from the complainant’s wife. The complainant confirmed that his wife had given permission for the neighbor to park their vehicle in the driveway. No further information at this time.
Officer Ascencio responded to a call of a suspicious man wearing black shorts and stumbling around the 5100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio saw the subject standing on the sidewalk, he did appear unsteady on his feet. Officer Ascencio then observed the man cross to the Gulf side of the road. The subject did have pin point pupils and was unsteady on his feet. He stated that he was waiting for a ride back to Sarasota. Officer Ascencio then ran the subject for wats and warrants. While waiting from records, a blue Dodge arrived on scene. The driver stated that he was the subject’s uncle and would take him home. The warrant check was negative and the man was allowed to leave with his uncle. No further action.
Sgt. Smith responded to Winding Oaks Drive to take a report of a suspicious incident. When Sgt. Smith arrived, he was met by the two complainants who explained that on April 5 they received a telephone call from Synchrony Bank. They were advised that a person identifying themselves as Merrill Zinders at an undisclosed Walmart attempted to open up a Walmart credit card I his name. The address the person provided was the complainant’s address. Synchrony Bank’s fraud investigation number was given to the complainants as well as the case umber. Nothing further.
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