On Patrol – Week ending July 28, 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 21

Suspicious person

2:10 a.m.

Sgt. Coffman and Officer Smith responded to a hotel for a report of suspicious persons. Upon arrival, Sgt. Coffman made contact with the complainant who is the security guard for the property. He stated that while he was walking the property he observed a black female sitting in a white Toyota sedan with the engine running on the southeast side of the parking lot. He then noticed a black male leaning against a wall in the covered parking area. The complainant made contact with the female who told him that she had just registered on line for a room. The complainant felt that they were acting suspiciously and went to the office to see if anyone had recently registered and to call the police. After officers arrived, the complainant was unable to locate the vehicle. The officers walked the property and could not find anyone or the vehicle. The officers the left the property and checked several other properties and were unable to locate the vehicle or persons.


July 24

Property damage

9:46 p.m.

Sgt. Coffman was conducting a property check at Hibiscus Way, when he exited his vehicle it was not properly in park and the vehicle rolled forward striking a low hanging limb on the right side of the driveway. Officer Ascencio contacted Sgt. Coffman and responded to the scene. Once on scene, Sgt. Coffman observed the front right side of the hood damaged which was consistent with what Officer Ascencio reported. Sgt. Coffman photographed the damage to the vehicle and also of the limb that the vehicle struck. The vehicle was still operable and Officer Ascencio drove it back to the Police Station to exchange it with another vehicle. Sgt. Coffman placed the digital camera card in the evidence drop slot at the station.


July 26

Property found

3:20 p.m.

Officer Reno responded to the police department for a complainant who walked in and wanted to turn in a firearm. He was the front desk worker for a real estate company and he was at a condominium to clean and inspect the room after a tenant finished their stay. He stated that while in the guest room he noticed some clothes were left behind on the floor. When he moved the clothes he noticed a blue gun box with a silver Smith and Wesson 9 mm semi-automatic handgun inside. The box contained the firearm, he explained that he then contacted his supervisor who recommended he take the firearm to Longboat Key Police Department to turn it in. The firearm was checked through NCIC by staff and not found to be listed as stolen. The firearm was then logged in as ‘Found Property’ and placed in the police evidence locker. Officer Reno tried to contact the owner of the handgun by phone but did not get an answer. The complainant said he has tried multiple times to contact the owner as well with no success. Case is closed.


Dog on beach

7:47 p.m.

Officer Smith responded to a call regarding a dog on the beach. Upon arrival, Officer Smith observed the other with a female companion seated on the beach watching the sunset with a small dog. Officer Smith informed the owner that dogs were not permitted on the beach. The man apologized, stating he was unaware of the prohibition. The man and his companion left the beach.






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