On Patrol – Week ending September 8, 2017

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

Sept. 1

Suspicious sound

9:27 p.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to Harbour Links Drive for a report of a suspicious incident. Sgt. Smith arrived and the complainant stated she heard a noise on her back porch that sounded like someone jumping up and down. Sgt. Smith made a check of her porch and the surrounding porches and found nothing that appeared out of place or suspicious. Sgt. Smith informed the complainant of his findings and informed her to call if she needed further assistance. There was a thunderstorm that had just started to move through Longboat Key at the time of the call.


Sept. 2

Noise on the dock

1:11 a.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to the area of Harbourside Drive for a noise complaint. Sgt. Smith arrived and walked the entire dock and surrounding docks, and did not locate anyone out topside of their vessels. Sgt. Smith heard no other noises beside the normal operations of the vessels in the area.



10:30 a.m.

Officer Houchin was dispatched to the area of Longboat Pass Bridge in regard to an intoxicated person in the area causing a disturbance. When Officer Houchin arrived, he discovered that the person was outside of Longboat Key Police jurisdiction. Bradenton Beach Police were called to the scene and the incident was released to them.


Locked out

11:47 p.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to the 5100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a suspicious person knocking on the complainant’s door. Sgt. Smith made contact with the complainant and he stated that an unknown male subject started knocking on his door and said he couldn’t get into the unit next to him. The complainant stated he did not open the door and the subject sounded intoxicated. Sgt. Smith made a check of the area and made contact with a man sitting on the deck in front of the adjacent unit. He said he could not get his door open. Sgt. Smith located the unit key and was able to open the door. Sgt. Smith was able to verify through the man’s documents located inside the residence that the unit belonged to the man. The man did appear to be intoxicated, he said he did not need any medical attention and stated he would just be going to sleep. Case closed.


Sept. 3

Suspicious person

9:26 a.m.

Officer Houchins was dispatched to the guardhouse at the 2100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a report of a suspicious man who had stepped out of the woods near the bus stop. The security guard at the guardhouse stated that a female resident had been walking her dog and was startled by a man who had stepped out of the bushes near her as she passed. The man did not speak to her or approach her, and no crime was committed. At that time, Officer Houchins noticed a man matching the description given by the guard, board a SCAT bus at the bus stop.



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