On Patrol – Week ending September 29, 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. 23

Dog on beach

11:03 a.m.

Officer Nagell responded to Greer Island just west of the Longboat Pass Bridge. Officer Nagell made contact with the dog’s owner and advised them that dogs were prohibited on the beach. She advised that she was unaware and left the area via boat with the dog. Nothing further.


Suspicious circumstance

10:03 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to St. Judes Drive in reference to a suspicious circumstance of an unknown person knocking on a door. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the caller. The caller stated that she was sitting in the living room watching television when she heard a knock at the door. The caller stated that she went to see who was at the door and noted that there was no one there. The caller stated that she got nervous and called the police. The caller made no further comments. Officer Hodo checked the area for any suspicious person with negative results. At this time there is no further investigation.


Water leak

7:09 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Norton Street in reference to a water leak by the road. Officer Hodo arrived and noted that water was coming from a pipe next to the water meter by the road. Officer Hodo advised dispatch to notify Public Works of the water leak.


Broken water line

6:04 p.m.

Officer Smith responded to a call of a broken water line at Lighthouse Point Drive. Upon arrival, Officer Smith observed water flowing from under the ground very near the backflow valves and water meters. Longboat Public Works was notified and will respond to shut the water off.


Sept. 25

Public service 

3:21 p.m.

Officer smith responded to Twin Shores Boulevard regarding an abandoned vehicle. Upon arrival, Officer Smith spoke to the complainant who related the owner of the vehicle had recently passed away and he believed the car was now abandoned. The complainant wanted to know if the car could be towed away by the police department. Officer Smith informed the complainant the car appeared to be legally parked in the assigned space. Further, if the owner died, the car was now part of the estate and the ownership of the car would go to whomever was designated by the owner’s will. In the absence of a will, the estate would most likely be subject to probate and the ownership of the car would be decided by the court. As far as towing the car away, Officer Smith informed the complainant the police department has no authority to remove the car from private property. Officer Smith asked the complainant if there was an executor to the estate as the care and custody of the car, as well as all other possessions, would be their responsibility. The complainant stated that the car’s owner was estranged from his family. The complainant was at the location trying to help the owner’s daughters sort through the belongings. He stated the daughters did not want the small amount of property left behind. Officer Smith informed the complainant if there was no other next of kin and no designated executor or personal representative of the estate, the owner’s daughters have the responsibility to oversee the estate. It was suggested they contact an attorney for guidance. Based on the conversation with the complainant, he gave the impression that the owner had passed away in the residence sometime in the past week to 10 days. Officer Smith found the last call to the location was on Sept. 13. Based on the information, Officer Smith contacted the owner’s sister in California. The sister stated she has not heard from her brother since she was last contacted on Sept. 13. She stated she was unaware of her brother’s fate. She informed Officer Smith she would talk to him on occasion, perhaps once or twice a year. She stated she would not be shocked if he has passed away. Officer Smith informed the sister that he was calling so that she could contact the complainant and discuss her brother’s status and who may be in charge of his property. Officer Smith also informed her that he officially had no knowledge of his whereabouts or if he was in fact deceased, other than what the complainant stated. The sister stated she did not have her niece’s contact information and she has not spoken to that part of the family in a long time. Further investigation found the owner did not have a Florida driver’s license, he had an Arizona driver’s license. On Sept. 26, Officer Smith found an obituary dated Sept. 21 for the owner with funeral arrangement information. No further action.


Sept. 28


11:50 a.m.

Sgt. Coffman responded to the police station in reference to meeting with a complainant about a possible identity theft. Upon arrival, Sgt. Coffman met with the complainant who stated that he had received a new credit card from Bank of America. At first he did not notice the name on it but upon further inspection he realized it was not his name on the card. He notified Bank of America and was informed that someone had opened a card on his account but had been unable to use it. Bank of America cancelled the card and requested that the complainant make a police report for their records. The complainant told Sgt. Coffman that he had notified the local branch and that he was not out any money. He was just making the report for the Bank of America investigator.





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