On Patrol – Week ending April 21, 2017

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

April 10


4:15 p.m.

Officer Cooper responded to Gulfside Road in reference to a trespasser. The complainant stated that on the last two evenings several youths have entered his construction site and climbed scaffolding to the roof. The complainant stated on both occasions the youths were chased away by neighbors. The complainant is unsure at this time if there is any damage due to there being no stairs to access the roof. The complainant stated he will call back if any damage is found. The complainant requested the police do frequent checks of the area during off work hours. Nothing further to report at this time.


Suspicious person

1:29 p.m.

Officer Cooper was dispatched to Binnacle Point Dr. for a suspicious person. The caller stated unknown white males were jumping from a pontoon boat and molesting manatees. Upon arrival, Officer Cooper made contact with the complainant who was at the location watching the manatees with her husband. She stated she did observe the described boat but they did not molest or endanger the manatees in any way. The boat and subjects were gone prior to the officer’s arrival. Nothing further to report.


April 11


9:52 a.m.

Officer Kovarik responded to Publix for report of a man trespassing. Upon arrival, Officer Kovarik noticed a man fitting the description walk into Publix. Upon walking into the store, Officer Kovarik was met by the store manager who stated that was the man he asked to move off the bench in front of the store. When Officer Kovarik and Officer Cooper approached the man who stated he came into the store to buy coffee. The manager said that he could buy the coffee and then he would like him escorted out of the store. The man was transported out of the store and given a ride to the Salvation Army in Sarasota.


Suspicious circumstance

10:35 a.m.

Sgt. Smith responded to Bogey Lane in reference to a suspicious circumstance. Sgt. Smith met with the complainant at his residence at Bogey Lane and he stated there was an open door at a neighboring home. The complainant stated that his residence had recently been burglarized and that he recently noticed a rear door ajar at a neighboring home and did not know if that residence had also been burglarized. Officer Cooper and Sgt. Smith made a check of the residence and found nothing out of place in the residence. The residence appears to be a rental home and there were indications a cleaning service had recently been at the residence. Sgt. Smith made contact with the property manager of the rental office and informed them of the incident.



12:31 p.m.

Officer Kovarik responded to 2000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and made contact with the complainant who lives in one of the units and yelled at one of the maintenance workers. The maintenance worker stated that as she was driving by the resident on her golf cart yelled at her. After checking with the man who yelled at her, he said he yelled to the maintenance worker to get her attention. The man stated that he yelled because she was so far away. The man also stated he was just trying to get her attention so she could clean in front of his entrance door. No threats were made. Due to his past history, the complainant wanted to make a report. No further information at this time.


Suspicious circumstance

9:37 p.m.

Officer Houchin was dispatched to North Shore Drive on report of a possible unsecured premise. The caller said that she and her family had been watching t.v. when the lights flickered on and off, and then she heard a loud bang as if a door had been slammed shut. The caller said that her husband had been left under the mat at the front door. The caller was concerned that someone may have entered the condo using that key. Officer Houchin checked the residence and it was found okay.


April 12


12:13 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 4400 Gulf of Mexico Drive on report of fraud. Upon arrival, the officer met with the complainant who stated at 12 p.m. he received a phone call from a female who stated his granddaughter ran a red light, was involved in a crash and had been arrested. The woman also told him he needed to send money to get the granddaughter out of jail. The complainant stated that he told her he didn’t think so and she hung up the phone. The complainant stated that the phone he used did not have caller ID. The complainant was given a case number and advised to call back if the caller called back.


April 13

Property found

4:04 p.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for found property. Sgt. Smith was in the parking lot of the Centre Shops and the complainant handed him the two purses he found leaning against a tree in the northwest corner to the parking lot. He said he found the items while walking home around 4 p.m. One was a small blue purse which had costume jewelry inside. The second purse was tan with several buttons on it. Inside was a pink dragonfly pin. Items were placed in a locker for safekeeping.

Welfare check

3:40 p.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a well being check. Once there, Sgt. Smith spoke to the complainant. She stated that she was scared because she is in the process of switching telephone companies and her land line is out of service for the next 12 hours. Sgt. Smith advised her how to use her cell phone. She felt reassured and did not need any further assistance. Case cleared.



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