On Patrol – Week ending September 15, 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. 11

Suspicious circumstance

10:24 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a report of flashing lights near the pool area of the complex. Upon arrival, Officer Bergeron determined that the flashing lights were from Longboat Key Public Works employees working. The caller was advised that the noise and flashing lights were public works employees working. Nothing further.


Sept. 12

Camera’s hot

8:52 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to 2600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive regarding a strange noise coming from the game room at a hotel. The call indicated employees were preparing the establishment for re-opening, after Hurricane Irma, when they heard someone or something moving around the game room area near the lobby. Upon arrival, Officer Smith unlocked the game room using a key provided by the employees and cleared the room. There was no one inside. Officer Smith found the noise was coming from a security camera that also has a speaker. The camera and speaker can be used to monitor and address patrons in the game room. The microphone for the system was apparently in the open position and picking up sounds of the employees moving around the desk and lobby as they worked. The sounds were broadcast via the speaker into the game room. The sounds alarmed the employees leading them to think someone may have been hiding in the game room.


Suspicious van

9:03 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Cedar Street in regard to a report of possible suspicious person(s) leaving a home on Cedar Street in a white van. Upon Officer Bergeron’s arrival, he made contact with the homeowners. Officer Bergeron advised them that there was a report of a possible suspicious person in the area in a white van coming from their residence. The homeowners advised that they just got home, but they are friends with their neighbor who have a painting business. Officer Bergeron checked the area of the residence, and found no evidence of foul play. Their neighbors were not home. It is possible that they (their neighbors) came home briefly to check on their property and left. Officer Bergeron made contact with the caller and he advised he heard the subject ask the other person if they locked up. Nothing further.


Sept. 13

Suspicious persons

1:39 a.m.

Officer Smith responded to Overlook Park and observed a vehicle that was parked on the inside of the gate. Officer Smith made contact with the two individuals in the car, they stated they did not know the park was closed and began to pack up their fishing tackle. Officer Smith made a check of the subjects through NCIC/FCIC and the return indicated no wants or warrants. The subjects left without incident.


Hotel booking

3:27 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 4600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a suspicious incident. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron made contact with the manager. The manager advised that they received a call approximately at 2:45 a.m. from a woman asking about her reservations and that she wanted them to know that she would be coming in from Georgia. The caller advised that they believed they would be in around 5:00 a.m. to check in. The manager advised that he told her he was unable to confirm the reservation on their end because their website is 24 hours behind Booking.com. The manager advised the caller that she would need to call back at 9 a.m. when office personnel were in the office to verify the booking. Officer Bergeron advised the manager to contact the police department if he required any further assistance.


Noise disturbance

6:43 a.m.

Officer Bidwell was dispatched to 6300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a construction noise complaint. Officer Bidwell found an out-of-state Hurricane Irma cleanup crew unloading heavy machinery behind the Longboat Title building in the back parking lot. Officer Bidwell made contact with the crew foreman who was unaware of the town noise ordinances. Officer Bidwell asked the foreman to cease operations until 8 a.m. and advised him of the days and hours of operation allowed. Bidwell also asked him to contact the Public Works Recreation Director to help him obtain a variance for extended operations through Town Hall.


Wire down

7:43 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a wire down on the sidewalk. Upon arrival, the Fire Department had determined the wire was a guide wire and not a hazard to people using the sidewalk.




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