On Patrol – Week ending September 1, 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. 25

Public service

4:00 p.m.

Sgt. Bidwell was dispatched to Harbourside Drive in reference to a telephone call received. Sgt. Bidwell met with the complainant who advised she received one telephone call from an unknown subject who left a voice message asking the complainant to stop calling her. Complainant did not return the phone call and advised she and/or her husband did not call anyone and were surprised to have a message such as that one. Sgt. Bidwell advised the complainant to contact her telephone provider and ask for guidance on how to block unwanted telephone numbers. The complainant advised she would contact her provider for further assistance to block the number.


Stalled vehicle

10:57 p.m.

Sgt. Coffman was advised by Sgt. Morningstar who was working at a resort that a vehicle had flooded out trying to enter the resort and was blocking the roadway. Upon arrival, Sgt. Coffman found a white Mercedes stalled out in approximately two feet of water. The officers were able to get the vehicle pushed out of the water and into the parking lot. While this was happening, there were several other vehicles having difficulty getting through Gulf of Mexico Drive due to the high water. Sgt. Coffman requested Public Works respond to put out high water signs and try to fix a drain on the east side of the road that was clogged. They did respond and put out signs and worked on the drain. The water level went down somewhat making the roadway passable with some caution.


Aug. 26

Canadian goose possibly injured

4:40 p.m.

Officer Bidwell responded to Fire Station 1 in response to a passer by that had knocked o the door of the Fire Station and advised that a Canadian Goose may have been slightly hit by the sidewalk near the station. Officer Bidwell checked the area and saw the normal flock of geese (15-20) that transits between the golf course and west side of Gulf of Mexico Drive was feeding between on the eastbound side between the sidewalk and bicycle lane. Officer Bidwell saw no signs of any distress shown by any of the flock. No traffic obstructions noted either. Nothing further.


Suspicious circumstance

2:12 a.m.

Sgt. Coffman responded to 5000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a suspicious incident where the complainant stated that someone was ringing her doorbell. Upon arrival, Sgt. Coffman made contact with two maintenance workers who said that they had gone to the complainant’s door to tell her that her vehicle was possibly flooded out due to the rain. Sgt. Coffman made contact with the complainant and informed her of what had happened. She said that it must have been a misunderstanding because her vehicle was parked where the parking lot was dry. No further action.


Aug. 27

Umbrella attacks truck

9:02 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to property damage to a vehicle. The complainant stated that he was at the pool at the resort when a gust of wind picked up an umbrella from the pool area causing it to slam against his front driver side hood of his truck. The complainant stated that his truck was parked next to the pool area and that he file a report at the clubhouse office on Aug. 25. The complainant was not able to estimate the damage to his truck. Officer Hodo observed the damaged hood on the vehicle. No further investigation.


Aug. 28

Open door

8:53 a.m.

Officer Houchin was dispatched to Bogey Lane on a report of an open front door of a residence, which was reported by a passerby. When Officer Houchin arrived, the caller stated that he had seen the front door to the residence open. Officer Houchin approached the front door and examined it for signs of forced entry. None was noted. Officer Houchin then entered the residence, nothing of any note was seen. No signs of disturbance were noted. As Officer Houchin was exiting, he noted that the front door deadbolt appeared as if it had not been engaged all the way. Officer Houchin secured the front door upon his exit.


Colony gate opened

3:25 p.m.

Sgt. Morningstar while on patrol noticed the front gate to the Colony property open. There was no apparent damage to the lock or chain. Sgt. Morningstar along with Officer Houchins checked the grounds; there was no one on the property. Per Officer Houchins, there was a grounds crew on the property earlier this date and they may have left the gate open. Officer Houchins secured the gate, case closed.


Aug. 31

Dog in car

11:03 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Bay Isles Parkway in reference to a dog left in an unattended vehicle. Officer Hodo arrived and checked the area for the vehicle with negative result. Owner not found.


Pelican hooked

11:40 a.m.

Officer Kolodzieski while on Marine Patrol observed four adult men standing on a construction barge at a home on the west side of Jewfish Key waving their arms trying to get his attention. Upon arrival, he observed one of the men holding a Pelican who had two large fishing lures with treble hooks in his body and he was also entangled in monofiliment line. Officer Kolodzieski asked them if they could find a large enough box to hold the pelican. The good Samaritans found a box and placed the pelican inside the box. Officer Kolodzieski then transported the injured pelican to the Linley Street boat dock to meet with Sgt. Bidwell. Sgt. Bidwell took possession of the bird and transported him to “Save Our Seabirds” for treatment.


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