On Patrol – Week ending August 18, 2017

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

Aug. 11

Abandoned 911 call

11:05 a.m.

Officer Martin responded to the above location for an abandoned 911 call. The call went to voice mail when dispatch attempted to call back. Officer Martin arrived at the scene and made contact with the office staff. They stated that the phone system there is old and they have been having problems with it. They think one of the lines was set to call 911 which is causing the issue. Everything was okay upon check, case clear.



2:46 p.m.

Officer Martin responded to the Longboat Pass Bridge regarding a rolling disturbance in a vehicle. The vehicle was a newer white Nissan Sentra. The original call went to Manatee Sheriff’s Office and was passed on to Sarasota County dispatch. The caller advised the vehicle was heading south on Gulf Drive but was not sure if it went over the bridge. The call was a BOLO in the area. Officer Martin and other officers checked the area and didn’t locate the vehicle. Case clear.


Suspicious vehicle

6:40 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to Seabreeze Avenue for a report of a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle in question was described as a white sedan with tinted windows. The complainant stated that the vehicle was occupied by a male and a female and they had been inside for some time. Upon arrival to the location, Officer Smith did not see a white sedan in the parking lot or anywhere else in the area.


Aug. 12

Noise disturbance

3:57 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a noise complaint. The complaint stated that one of the rooms was being loud and jumping around. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio could hear voices coming from the room. Officer Ascencio knocked on the door and gave a verbal warning to the people who were in the room to quiet down. They stated they would and were heading to bed. No further action is required.


Suspicious person

12:12 p.m.

Officer Hodo arrived at the 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to two men sleeping on the bench under a tree. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the bicyclist who stated that he was taking a break from the heat. Officer Hodo noted that there was only one bicyclist at the scene. At this time, Officer Hodo conducted no further investigation.


Aug. 14

Suspicious vehicle

3:53 a.m.

Officer Ascencio was on patrol at Overlook Park and observed a silver Jeep Cherokee still in the park. Officer Ascencio observed the vehicle several times earlier during his shift. The vehicle was facing south and all of the doors were secured. Officer Ascencio did run the vehicle through dispatch and it was negative for being stolen. Officer Ascencio conducted a search of the park but could not find the owner. No further action.



11:57 a.m.

Officer Houchins was dispatched to Spanish Drive on a report of a fraud. Officer Houchins spoke with the caller who stated that he had received a telephone call stating that he owed money for magazine subscriptions that he said he never purchased. The complainant stated that he was told by the caller that he would be taken to court if he did not pay. Officer Houchins asked the complainant how many calls he had received and he said only the one. Officer Houchins asked the complainant to make a report if the calls continue and the call was most likely a scam attempt.



1:01 p.m.

Officer Houchins was dispatched to 4800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a report of trespassing. When he arrived, he spoke with the manager who said that on Aug. 13 a yellow van came onto the property and parked. The occupants then went to the beach. The occupants were there from about 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The manager stated that the weekend manager approached the van and saw that it had fake “temporary” parking passes on the dashboard. The manager confirmed that the parking passes were not issued nor authorized by the property. The manager said that her weekend manager called the police but hung up after being on hold with 911 without having talked to a dispatcher. Officer Houchins told the manager that if the van or any other vehicle returns to call the police and stay on the line.


Found keys

3:50 p.m.

Officer Underhill came into the lobby of the police department to turn in a set of keys he found while walking near the beach. The keys are on a small metal ring and there were eight in total. The set of keys are rusted and appeared to have been outside for an extended period of time. There are no items on the key ring that can aid in identification of the owner. A property receipt was filled out and the keys were placed into the appropriate bin. Nothing further to report.


Dog on beach

9:22 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 2400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a report of a dog on the beach. Upon arrival, Officer Bergeron located the subject and his family with the dog. Officer Bergeron explained to the subject that he was in violation of town ordinance concerning no animals being allowed on the beach. The subject advised that he was vacationing and was unaware of the ordinance. The subject and his family left the beach and retired to their condo that they were staying at. Nothing further.


Aug. 16

Suspicious circumstance

5:31 p.m.

Officer Bidwell responded to Jungle Queen Way in reference to an original call of criminal mischief which was later changed to a suspicious incident. Officer Bidwell met with the complainant on arrival. The complainant advised he left his residence around 12 p.m. and returned at 5 p.m. Upon returning to the residence, the complainant discovered his mailbox lying on the ground. There was no damage to the mailbox and the mail was still inside it. The officer examined the mailbox post and there was no damage seen. Officer Bidwell examined the bottom of the mailbox and there was a mounting board attached to the bottom of the box which then was then screwed onto the post to secure the mailbox. The board was severely dry rotted and broken. Officer Bidwell went down Jungle Queen Way and no other mailboxes appeared afflicted. The complainant wished the incident documented and Officer Bidwell advised him he would do so. Nothing further.


Neighbor disturbance

5:51 p.m.

Officer Martin responded to St. Judes Drive regarding an ongoing issue between two households. The parties involved all live on St. Judes Drive with just a few condominiums separating them. There has been an ongoing civil lawsuit for some time now between the neighbors and the condo owner’s association. The complainant’s wife is a member of the board. On this date, there was a verdict handed down in the neighbor’s favor. The complainant stated that when his wife got home, she was accosted by the neighbors. They were clapping loudly and yelling at her regarding the verdict. The complainant’s wife parks on the west side of the neighbor’s condo and has to walk by there to get to their condo. There were no threats made on this date, but the incident was unsettling for the complainant’s wife. The complainant wanted something kept on file and requested that the officer speak with the neighbors. Officer Martin went to the neighbor’s condo and spoke with the couple. They denied any involvement that the complainants alleged. They stated that they were clapping to catch the dogs that had ran out of their condo. They further stated that they didn’t know about the verdict until after the complainant’s wife came home. Officer Martin advised both parties again to not speak to one another. Case clear.


Locked in

9:30 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Dream Island Road on a report of a person locked in their bedroom. Upon arrival, he made contact with dispatch and was advised where the outside key was hidden. Officer Ascencio was able to make entry into the condo. He then opened the door to the complainant’s bedroom where she and her mother and son were locked in. No further action required.


Aug. 17

Missing dog

10:21 p.m.

Officer Smith responded to Pennfield Street for a report of a suspicious vehicle. The complainant stated that there was a Jeep shining a light at the houses in the neighborhood. Upon arrival, Officer Smith located the subject and his family. He stated it was his family that was shining flashlights as they were attempting to locate their lost dog. They described the dog as a black and white hound that they recently rescued from the SPCA. They said the dog would have an SPCA collar on it. Case clear, nothing further needed.


Suspicious circumstance

10:45 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 1600 Gulf of Mexico Drive on a report of lights on in the complex. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio found the lights on to the restaurant o the beach. The plywood to the beach doors were off and the back doors to the parking lot area were also open. Officer Ascencio was unable to determine the difference between new and old damage to the building. Officer Ascencio left a message for the keyholder informing him of his findings. No further action required.



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