On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending November 3, 2017

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

Oct. 27

Burglar alarm

10:06 a.m.

Officer Smith responded to a residential burglar alarm at Mistletoe Lane. The alarm indicated the “great room slider door” sensor had been activated. Upon arrival, Officer Smith found the residence to be secure with no signs of attempted entry. The key holder indicated the owners recently returned to town and there hadn’t been any false alarms while they were gone. Upon inspecting the interior of the home, nothing appeared out of place. The place was re-secured and the key holder will notify the homeowner of the alarm.


Oct. 28

Bumper scrape

9:28 a.m.

Officer Smith responded to Sands Point Road regarding a rental car that had been damaged in the parking lot of the resort. Upon arrival, the complainant related that he discovered damage to his rental car on the evening of Oct. 27. The complainant related he parked the car about 1 p.m. after returning from the Publix on Bay Isles Parkway. He returned to the car around 5 p.m. and found the damage. The complainant thinks the car was struck by another car either pulling into or leaving the parking space next to where he was parked. The damage was to the driver’s side, behind the rear wheel, along where the bumper wraps around to the wheel well. The damage appeared to be a scrapes and gouges down to the plastic under the paint, trailing towards the rear of the vehicle. Officer Smith provided the complainant with the police report number for insurance purposes. Officer Smith also checked the parking area where the complainant indicated he was parked. Officer Smith did not observe any damage to other vehicles parked in the area that would match or be consistent with the damage to the complainant’s vehicle. No further action.


Dogs gone wild

5:19 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Durante Park in regard to a loud howling noise. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron made contact with a woman near the water area of the park with two dogs. The woman advised that one of her dogs got loose and ran off. She advised that she found him in the water swimming. Both dogs were on a leash. The dogs were howling and playing. Nothing further.


Oct. 29


9:33 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 5600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a walk in report of identity theft. The complainant advised that he was included in the Equifax security breach announced on Sept. 7. The complainant advised that he received a credit report alert from Equifax that showed that an unknown person or persons attempted to open revolving credit card accounts. The complainant advised that he has since placed a lock on his account information in regard to Equifax. The complainant was told to file a police report concerning this incident. The complainant was unable to say if the accounts were activated. The complainant was issued a departmental business card with a case number. He was advised to contact the police department with any further information, questions or concerns. Nothing further.


Board found floating, surfer found okay

4:14 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 6200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a request from the U.S. Coast Guard to check a report of a red object observed floating in the water approximately ¼ mile offshore. Upon Officer Bergeron’s arrival, he made contact with the caller. The caller escorted Officer Bergeron to the outside porch area of the residence and pointed out a red object floating in the water just south of her home. The object appeared to be via the naked eye, a kite used for kite surfing. Sgt. Smith was located and advised that with the binoculars he did not see any person attached to the kite or the board. Officer Bergeron made contact with Officer Smith who advised that he made contact with a group of surfers and they said that the man on the board did get out of the water. They said that he went to a white pickup truck on Broadway and sat on the tailgate. Officer Bergeron did observe this man earlier while patrolling the area of Broadway lying in the bed of the truck. Moments later, Officer Bergeron observed the subject make contact with a woman in a dark colored SUV. He loaded a board into the vehicle and left with the woman. The man appeared to be fine.

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