On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending November 17, 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. 10


10:48 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Bay Isles Parkway in regard to a civil issue concerning a shirt. Upon arrival, Officer Bergeron met with the complainant. The complainant advised that on this date she went to pick up her dry cleaning and discovered that the shirt the employee tried to give her was not the shirt she dropped off. The complainant advised that the shirt she dropped off was an Armani white shirt valued at $700. Officer Bergeron spoke with the owner about the complaint. The owner advised that the shirt he gave the complainant was the one she dropped off. He advised that they have a unique identification system that virtually eliminates these issues. Officer Bergeron asked him if the system is completely flawless. He advised that anything could be possible. Officer Bergeron advised both the complainant and the owner that this is a civil issue and that they will need to seek the advice of their attorneys. Nothing further.


Trash dumping

12:02 p.m.

Officer Smith responded to a citizen who reported there was a suitcase in the wooded area of Broadway. Upon finding the item, it appeared to have been discarded as trash. The bag was dilapidated and had been exposed to the elements for some time. The zippers were broken and torn. The bag did not contain any type of distinguishing marks and did not have any monetary value. Inside were empty plastic water bottles and black plastic trash bags. The bag was properly disposed of. Case closed.


Rental car confusion

8:47 p.m.

Officer Martin observed a vehicle traveling north on Gulf of Mexico Drive without any tail lights. He conducted a traffic stop in the 4400 block. The driver was visiting on vacation and the vehicle was a rental. The driver wasn’t aware of the right setting for the headlights to operate correctly. Correction made at the traffic stop. Officer martin issued a written warning for the infraction. Case clear.



10:45 p.m.

Sgt. Schoepfer while on patrol received a dispatch regarding a possible reckless driver driving southbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Sgt. Schoepfer located the vehicle and observed the car tailgating the vehicle in front of it. He then initiated a traffic stop in the 2300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and made contact with the driver of the tailgating car. She said the vehicle in front of her was driving very slow and kept hitting their brakes. The driver stated she was trying to pass the other car but she couldn’t in the passing areas because of oncoming traffic. She also said every time she tried to pass, the car in front of her slowed down causing her to get even closer. The driver was lucid and showed no sign of intoxication. Sgt. Schoepfer issued the woman a verbal warning for Following too Closely.


Nov. 11

Barking dog

7:52 p.m.

Officer Houchins was dispatched to Harbourside Drive regarding a barking dog. The caller stated that a dog was barking in one of the units in a ‘distressed’ manner since 4:30 p.m. The caller said the door was unlocked and he believed someone may be inside the residence hurt. Officer Houchins arrived and heard the barking dog. He knocked on the door with no response. A neighbor happened by and asked if Officer Houchins needed help. She stated that she knew the owners at the unit. Officer Houchins explained to her why he was there and the neighbor called the residents. They were out for dinner and were fine. The neighbor then explained to the dog owners why the police were there. The neighbor then took the dog until the owners arrived back home.


Wedding reception gets rowdy

10:34 p.m.

Officer Martin responded to Bayside Drive in response to a loud party. The caller was a citizen and didn’t request contact. The caller requested that the police tell them to quiet down. Officer Martin made contact at a residence on Bayside Drive with a group of people. They advised it was a wedding reception that was finishing up. They said they were told of a 10 p.m. noise ordinance. This was told to them by an unknown person, case clear.


Nov. 12

Boat in distress

11:12 p.m.

Officer Houchins was dispatched to the area of Broadway on a report of a boat that had called in a Mayday and then gone off the air. From his vantage point nothing was seen. The Coast Guard and Manatee County Sheriff Marine units arrived on scene and located the vessel. Dispatch advised the vessel had been located and was out of fuel.

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