On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending November 10, 2017

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

Nov. 2

Fireworks on the beach

8:35 p.m.

Officer Martin responded to Gulfside Road regarding a noise complaint reported by an unknown citizen. The citizen advised that someone was out on the beach shooting off fireworks in the area. When Officer Martin arrived and observed the fireworks being shot off from the beach from behind Gulfside Road. Officer Martin made contact with the two subjects listed out on the beach. They had just finished shooting off the small amount of fireworks they had. Officer Martin advised them that they were illegal to use in Florida. They advised they did not know that and had purchased them on their travels to Longboat Key from Ontario. They advised they wouldn’t shoot off any more fireworks and that they would pick up the trash left. Case clear.



11:09 p.m.

Officer Houchins while on patrol was sent to Bowsprit Lane on a report of an identity theft and fraud. When he arrived, he spoke with the complainant who stated that she had just arrived back at her residence after having spent the last five months in Maine. The complainant stated that she discovered that something had been done to her home land line telephone. Officer Houchins asked what she meant and she stated that when her home phone number is dialed her phone does not ring. She stated that the call seems to forward to another unknown phone number. The complainant said that she had contacted Frontier about the issue and that they requested a case number. The complainant also feels that her mail has been forwarded somewhere else and is planning on going to the post office to inquire about it. The complainant also stated that she has had her identity stolen and had filed a police report in Maine recently. Officer Houchins provided her with a case number to give to her phone company, at this time there is no evidence of fraud, but a phone issue. Nothing further.


Nov. 3

Parking violation

8:32 a.m.

Sgt. Coffman observed a Nissan Titan pickup truck parked in the grass on the east side of Gulf of Mexico Drive approximately 50 yards north of Longboat Island Chapel. Sgt. Coffman located the owner working on a yard near where he was parked. Sgt. Coffman informed him that the police department has been receiving parking complaints in the area from residents. He stated that he was unaware that he could not park on the side of the road and agreed to move his truck. Case closed with a verbal warning.


RV parked on roadway

11:33 a.m.

Sgt. Coffman responded to Ranger Lane for an RV parked in the roadway. Upon arrival, Sgt. Coffman made contact with the owner. He stated that the RV was his and that he parked it in the street on Thursday evening to work on it and that he was leaving in it on Saturday morning. Sgt. Coffman explained the town ordinances to him inn reference to parking the vehicle on the street and how long he was allowed to have it at his residence. He said he was unaware and that he would move it this evening so as not to be in violation.


Highway shell game

4:30 p.m.

Sgt. Coffman while driving southbound in the 6500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive observed a large amount of shell fill dirt that had spilled onto Gulf of Mexico Drive apparently from a vehicle leaving Gulfside Road and driving north. Due to the amount of shell, Sgt. Coffman was concerned that it might cause a traffic hazard. Captain Skinner responded with a broom and the two were able to stop traffic and clear the roadway.


Canal boater causes upset

9:59 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to Bayou Circle in reference to a disturbance between the caller and a boater on the water. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the caller. Officer Hodo noted that the boat in question was not at the scene. The complainant stated he observed a small boat running through the canal near his empty boat lift. The complainant stated that he went out to further investigate what the boat was doing. The complainant stated that he had items stolen from his boat in the past so he wanted to investigate further. The complainant stated that it appeared that the boat may have been fishing. The complainant stated that he was not able to get a good description due to the darkness and distance. The complainant stated that he yelled at the boater, “What are you doing?” The complainant said that the occupant of the boat replied back to him in a profane laced sentence. The complainant stated that the boat went back into the bay prior to the police arrival. The complainant stated that he called the police to make a report. Officer Hodo checked the area for the boat with negative result. At this time, Officer Hodo conducted no further investigation.



10:30 p.m.

Officer Smith received call in reference to a complainant about an incident that took place on Nov. 2 at the resort. Officer Smith talked with the complainant who stated that she works at the resort spa as a manicurist. She stated that she had a verbal argument with another employee. The complainant did not know the woman’s last name but she described her as a Hispanic female in her late 20s or early 30s. The complainant said she felt threatened because the other woman had a metal coffee cup in her hand and made a comment like, ‘Do you want to see what happens if you f— with me?’ Officer Smith asked the complainant to come to the police station to give a written statement of the incident. She said she would do so the next day. Case clear, pending the complainant coming to the station.


Nov. 4

Charter boat docking

4:00 p.m.

Officer Nagell was approached by a complainant and related that he was upset about the charter boat docking at the town dock at Linley Street. The complainant continued that he is a taxpayer and does not like that the dock is used for a business. He further related that he had a company who wished to use the dock and was pushed off by the Captain of the boat. Officer Nagell asked if he wished to provide his name and file a complaint to which he stated no. Officer Nagell advised him to speak with the Chief or Deputy Chief or Town Manager in regard to his concerns. He further related that he has had issues in the past with the charter boat. Officer Nagell asked that he call when the issues are going on so that the police can address his concerns at that time. The complainant left without incident.

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