On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending November 24, 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. 17

Move over law

1:13 p.m.

Sgt. Coffman while directing traffic for a previous crash and stopped a Chevrolet for to slowing down for emergency vehicles. The driver was from out of the country and thought she was driving properly. Sgt. Coffman informed her of the Move Over/Slow Down laws and she said she would be more careful. Sgt. Coffman issued a written warning to the driver. Case closed.



5:47 p.m.

Captain Skinner received information that a white male subject was seen spray painting trees on Greer Island. Upon arrival to Greer Island, Captain Skinner located dead trees along the path and at the point that had been painted. Most of the trees were approximately two inches in diameter, were without limbs, and had been painted a solid color to about six to seven feet up. Captain Skinner estimated that the trees that had been painted were twenty to thirty yards apart. One tree was painted red, one tree was painted orange, one tree was painted yellow, one tree was painted green, one tree was painted blue and one tree was painted purple. Captain Skinner also observed a log that had the following painted on it, “RIP Gustav Ahr.” Captain Skinner Googled Gustav Ahr and learned that a rapper with that name had recently died. There is also an additional stump that has been painted with multiple colors but it has been in that condition for weeks. Captain Skinner canvassed the area making contact with approximately twelve people on Greer Island. None of his contacts were in possession of paint, nor did they have paint on their hands or on their person. None of the contacts observed anyone painting the trees. There is no suspect information at this time.


Noise disturbance

9:15 p.m.

Sgt. Cooper responded to Tarawitt Drive for a noise disturbance. Upon arrival, he made contact with the man who had been installing new cabinets at the address. The man was advised of the town ordinance governing noise. The man stated that he was finished and there would be no further noise. Nothing further to report at this time.


Nov. 18

Dog on beach

11:30 a.m.

Officer Nagell responded to Pandora Street Beach Access to a report of a dog on the beach. The group advised that the animal was a service dog. The owner advised that she did have paperwork for the dog. Officer Nagell concluded his contact with the group as there was no violation. Case closed.


Church flyers

11:30 a.m.

Sgt. Coffman responded to Emerald Harbor Drive in reference to a suspicious persons going door-to-door handing out flyers. Upon arrival, Sgt. Coffman observed several well dressed individuals getting into a maroon SUV. Sgt. Coffman talked with a female passenger who said that she had been handing out pamphlets for her church. She said she was not soliciting anything and was leaving anyway. Sgt. Coffman thanked her and she and her friends left the area.


Dog rescue

2:33 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to 4200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in response to a report of a dog locked in a vehicle that was not running. Upon his arrival, Officer Nagell located the vehicle which was running. The dog was inside and showed no signs of distress. Officer Nagell located the owner who advised that he was aware of the dog and would never do anything to harm his animals. The complainant for this case did not wish to meet or be contacted with the outcome.


Stingray victim

3:32 p.m.

Sgt. Coffman responded to 6100 Gulf of Mexico Drive for a young man that had been stung by a stingray on the beach. Sgt. Coffman met the father by the road and he said his son was on the beach. Rescue arrived and walked down to the beach to treat the injured person. St. Coffman made contact with the homeowner and explained why they were in his driveway. He said he understood and was happy to let the police walk through his property and onto the beach. Longboat Key Rescue was able to get the injured party back to where his family was visiting without further incident. Coffman thanked the homeowner again as they left his driveway.

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