On Patrol – Week ending May 19, 2017

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

May 8

Power-tool noise

Officer Houchin was dispatched to 3600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a report of a loud chainsaw being used. Upon arrival, a work van was located parked in front of the pool area. Officer Houchins spoke to the workers who stated that they were repairing a pool leak. The construction ordinance was explained to them and they stated that they would not be doing any more work with power-tools. End of report.


Suspicious person

9:19 p.m.

Sgt. Morningstar responded to the 5100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a suspicious black male who appeared to be confused and possibly lost. Sgt. Morningstar located the subject walking southbound in the 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive ad made contact. The subject did not speak English but was able to communicate that he was not having any trouble and did not require any assistance. Since there was no violation and no reason for further contact the subject was allowed to continue walking. Case closed.


May 10

Traffic camera catches unlicensed driver

9:01 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to the L3 camera system for a vehicle with a sanctioned driver from the south camera facing north on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Ascencio then confirmed through NCIC that the owner of the vehicle was a revoked driver, for being a habitual traffic offender as of Jan. 3, 2017. Officer Ascencio then found the vehicle driving north on Gulf of Mexico Drive and initiated a traffic stop. The stop occurred behind the Publix at the person’s place of employment. The woman’s employer was made aware of the vehicle and the driver’s situation. The driver said that she was unaware that her driver’s license status was revoked. The driver was then placed under arrest. The vehicle’s tag and the driver’s license was seized and placed into evidence. The woman did sign a waiver stating that her vehicle would remain legally parked until she could get a valid registration. The woman was placed into handcuffs, double locked and transported to Sarasota County jail. No further action needed.


Suspicious phone call

10:10 a.m.

Sgt. Coffman responded to Harbourside Drive in reference to a suspicious phone call. Upon arrival, he met with the complainant who stated he received a phone call from someone claiming to be his grandson and that he had been involved in a minor crash in Atlanta over the weekend and had been arrested for D.U.I. The complainant stated he did not recognize the voice as his grandson’s but continued to listen. A moment later someone else came on the line claiming to be his grandson’s attorney and stated that he needed to send $2,630 via cash or money order for bail. The caller gave a name of Stanley Weiss. The caller instructed the complainant to send the money to an address in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The complainant thought this strange since his grandson was supposedly in trouble in Atlanta, Georgia. The complainant hung up the phone and confirmed that his grandson is in Wisconsin where is currently doing his two weeks of National Guard Duty. The complainant did not send any money. Sgt. Coffman tried to call the number but got a recorded message that the call could not be completed.


Dogs relieving themselves on the patio

10:36 a.m.

Officer Martin responded to Longboat Club Road regarding a disturbance between neighbors. While at the scene, Officer Martin was only able to contact the complainant. He stated that he believed that the neighbor above him was allowing his dog to relieve himself on his patio and that afterward was washing it off with a hose. This was running down onto his patio below. The complainant had pictures but Officer Martin was not able to determine if dog feces or possibly bird feces. The mess had been cleaned prior to Officer Martin’s arrival. Officer Martin wasn’t able to speak with the neighbor at the scene but did call him from the police station. He denied it was his dog and blamed birds. Officer Martin did advise him if it was his dog it needed to cease. He stated he would do the right thing with his dog. Officer Martin advised the complainant to call again if it continued. Officer Martin also advised them they could call animal services in Sarasota if they wanted to as well. Officer Martin also directed them to file a complaint with the condominium association.


May 13

Swimmers in distress

10:40 a.m.

Officer Reno responded to the waters north of the 10th Street boat ramp for a report of swimmers in distress. Officer Reno arrived to assist Sarasota Police Department Marine Patrol who was also on scene. The swimmers were on shore upon arrival. Sarasota Police Department assisted them in recovering the capsized kayak that was still adrift. Officer Reno canvassed the surrounding waters and was able to locate some of their personal items that were adrift and return them.


Suspicious circumstance

10:52 a.m.

Officer Martin was flagged down at the security gate on Harbourside Drive. The individual advised that a resident had called him on the phone and told him an unauthorized person was doing work at their residence. He asked that Officer Martin check the area. Officer Martin located a subject doing paver repair on the sidewalk in the area of Winding Oaks Drive. He stated his company was contracted to do repairs to the sidewalk and driveways in the neighborhood. He stated he had been in the neighborhood for three days. The worker showed Officer Martin his contract to do the work and the listed addresses. Officer Martin took the letter and showed the complainant. The complainant stated the worker didn’t advise him. Case clear.



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