On Patrol – Week ending July 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.

July 14

Suspicious vehicle

9:21 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to a suspicious vehicle that was backed into the kayak launch area. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio found the vehicle, a Chevy pickup truck unoccupied. Officer Ascencio also observed a small light coming from the launch area. Officer Ascencio then found the man who was driving the Chevy he was fishing from the shore, no further action needed.


July 16

Suspicious circumstance

1:39 a.m.

Sgt. Smith responded to Joy Street for a suspicious incident. Sgt. Coffman and Officer Ascencio met Sgt. Smith at the location. The complainant stated that at approximately 1:15 a.m., someone knocked loudly on the downstairs front door to their residence. The complainant stated they did not hear a vehicle leave the area or a direction of foot travel. When the complainant went outside to investigate he said he did not see or hear anything. A thorough search of the area was conducted by the officers with negative results. Case clear, pending further complaints or witnesses.


Noise on the beach

11:40 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on Whitney Beach in reference to loud music on the beach. Officer Hodo arrived and did not hear any loud music on the beach. No further investigation.


Public service

1:09 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to a citizen regarding golf carts. The citizen wanted to know if a golf cart can travel on SR 789 like in Bradenton Beach. The citizen made no further comments. Officer Hodo advised the citizen that golf carts are not allowed on SR 789. At this time, Officer Hodo conducted no further investigation.


July 17

Motorcyclists harass vehicle

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to a possible road rage incident involving a group of motorcycles driving reckless and harassing the complainant. A search of the area met with negative results. Sgt. Smith made contact with the complainant who stated he was traveling north on Gulf of Mexico Drive. He stated in the 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive a group of motorcycles approached his vehicle and were driving reckless. The complainant stated that the motorcycles passed him on the right and pulled along side him and were yelling at him. The complainant stated that the group followed him to his father’s residence at St. Judes Drive. He said the subjects were yelling at him and one of the subjects threatened him bodily harm. The complainant stated words were exchanged and then the group left. Sgt. Smith sent an email to the police department and requested a search of the L3 camera system for possible suspect information. Sgt. Smith requested a BOLO be sent to Bradenton Beach indicating possible reckless drivers headed to their jurisdiction.


July 19

Suspicious circumstance

12:18 p.m.

Officer Bidwell was dispatched to St. Judes Drive in reference to a suspicious incident. Officer Bidwell met with the complainant on arrival. The complainant advised he is watching the residence for his neighbor who is up north. The complainant last checked on the house two and a half weeks ago and at that time he had no access to the lanai area as he couldn’t get the lanai screen door open. This day the complainant pressed on the handle and the door opened. The complainant then checked the sliding glass doors and two out of three were not locked. Sgt. Cooper and Officer Bidwell then accomplanied the complainant through the residence and there seemed to be nothing missing or strewn about. The complainant and Officer Bidwell tried to lock the two unlocked sliding glass doors from the inside and found the locks were broken. The complainant advised he would call the neighbor to advise him about the unlocked sliders. The complainant also showed the police a door that the neighbor had locked his house and car keys behind inside the residence before his departure. The neighbor had taken a reciprocating saw and cut a hole in the door next to the handle so he could reach inside and unlock the door. The door was off the hinges and the complainant replaced it upon the police’s exit. Officer Bidwell advised the complainant that if he was making contact with the neighbor, he would not call him. And the complainant advised he would call him. Officer Bidwell further advised the complainant if he needed any further assistance with the residence to call the police department for his needs. Nothing further.



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