On Patrol – Week ending August 25, 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. 18


10:04 a.m.

Officer Houchin was dispatched to an office at the 4300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a report of a criminal damage to property. When he arrived, he spoke with a woman who is the president of the condominium association. The woman said that on July 31 an unknown person ripped the sink and cabinet from the wall in the men’s restroom. The men’s restroom is located in the common area on the first floor. The woman said that she did not have any suspects in mind, and there are no witnesses or camera video to this incident. The woman said that no events were scheduled prior to the damage or the day of the damage. The replacement and repair cost is estimated at $1,000. The woman stated that she did not report the damage right away as she was waiting to see if more damage happened.


Dog on beach

11:45 a.m.

Officer Reno spoke with a family who arrived at Beer Can Island by boat and with a small dog. Officer Reno explained to them that the dog was not permitted to be on the beach, but they could relocate to the Jewfish Sandbar if they wish. Verbal warning was issued.


Three dogs on beach

2:13 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to the 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to dogs on the beach. Upon arrival, Officer Schoepfer made contact with the subject with three dogs who had just left the beach. The subject said he was waiting for his wife to pick him and his dogs up. He said he and his wife were from Ohio and didn’t realize dogs were not allowed on the beach. Officer Schopefer issued the subject a verbal warning for dogs on the beach and told him what parks dogs are allowed in.


Animal rescue

3:19 p.m.

Officer Reno was contacted by Mote Marine and asked if he could provide assistance with a Sea Turtle Rescue in the Jewfish Key area. Officer Reno explained that he would respond to the scene. The turtle was struck by a vessel and could not dive. Mote Marine was able to get the turtle on board and the turtle was transported to Coquina Boat ramp.



Aug. 21

Pool after hours

2:35 a.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to 2500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of subjects in the pool after hours. Sgt. Smith arrived and made contact with the complainant who stated he was a guest staying in one of the units and did not now the pool was closed. The man gathered his belongings and he and his guests left the area.


Animal rescue

10:30 a.m.

Officer Nagell was notified by Officer Reno that Mote Marine was requesting assistance in recovering a deceased sea turtle. Officer Nagell responded to the area of St. Judes however he was unable to locate the turtle. Officer Nagell contacted the complainant with Mote Marine Stranding investigations who advised that a surveying company in the area spotted the turtle. Officer Nagell was able to contact the initial complainant who advised that the turtle had drifted into the canal and was approximately halfway down the canal. Due to the draft of my patrol vessel, Officer Nagell requested Officer Bidwell pick him up and responded back to St. Judes Drive North with him. Upon our arrival, we did locate the deceased turtle in the 700 block of St. Judes Drive North. Mote investigators arrived and we assisted in the recovery of the turtle. The turtle was transported by Mote employees for necropsy. Nothing further.


Public service

3:10 p.m.

Officer Bidwell was dispatched to the police department in reference to a walk-in complaint. The complainant advised he sold his outboard motor boat and trailer to a marine at the end of 2016. The complainant had a bill of sale which he took to the Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to show the sale. The complainant also had a surrender of license tag as well. The complainant advised that the old trailer and tag are still being used. Every time the new owner takes the trailer and goes through a toll booth, he receives a bill from the Florida Department of Transportation for the unpaid toll/fine. The complainant has contacted the Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and was told he would also need a police report as well as the Bill of Sale to clear the matter from his name. Officer Bidwell also checked DAVID and saw one boat in the complainant’s name, the complainant advised it was a new boat and requested a police report be generated. Officer Bidwell issued a case number and advised if the complainant needed further assistance to please contact the police department. Nothing further.


Aug. 22

Found property

11:09 a.m.

Officer Zunz entered the police department for a walk in complainant who had a cell phone that she found on the beach. Scrolling through the phone that still had one bar of power, Officer Zunz determined the name of the owner of the phone. His initial attempt to locate the owner on Longboat Key through the internet was met with a negative result, but left a message with one of his recent phone contacts where Officer Zunz asked her to notify the owner that the Longboat Key Police Department had recovered his telephone. The owner called the police department within minutes and was most grateful to know that his telephone was turned in at the police department. He arrived at the police department and presented his driver’s license to release the phone.


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