On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending January 26, 2018

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

Jan. 21

Fire on the beach

12:13 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Greer Island for an illegal burning call. Upon arrival, he observed the suspect who was next to the open fire at the beach area. The suspect stated that he had recently moved in town from New York and did not know that it was illegal to start an open fire at the beach area. The suspect extinguished the fire without incident and was issued a Notice to Appear in Manatee County Court.


Suspected gun shots

8:35 a.m.

Officer Reno responded to the area of Jewfish Key on a report of sounds of gun shots. Officer Reno arrived in the area and could not hear any shots. Officer Reno spoke with the only other boater that was in the area. The boater explained that he had been fishing for about an hour and heard a few booms, but they came from across the bay. He described them as possibly construction sounds and stated they were not gun shots.


Dog on beach

1:06 p.m.

Officer Reno spoke with a boater who arrived at Greer Island with two dogs on his vessel. Officer Reno explained that dogs were not permitted and that he could take them to the sandbar near Jewfish. He explained he would do so and was not aware that dogs were not allowed on the beach.


Property damage

1:38 p.m.

Sgt. Schoepfer responded to the office of the resort in reference to a property damage call. Upon arrival, Sgt. Schoepfer made contact with the complainant who advised his rental vehicle was damaged last night by the valet services. The complainant said he returned the vehicle to the rental company and was told by the rental company they would need a police report case number for insurance purposes. Sgt. Schoepfer met with the resort manager who confirmed their valet services did damage the vehicle the night prior. Since the vehicle was already returned to the rental company, a approximate damage amount cannot be provided. Nothing further.


Jan. 22

Car in the water

1:59 a.m.

Officer Nazareno resonded to City Island to assist Sarasota City Police in reference to a vehicle in the water. Upon arrival on scene, Officer Nazareno observed a red Honda Civic partially submerged in the boat ramp area of the Ken Thompson Park. Officer Nazareno then immediately checked the partially submerged vehicle ad made sure that there were no occupants left inside. The driver and occupants did not report any injuries and did not require any medical attention. Sarasota Police Department units arrived on scene and took over the investigation.


Traffic accident

1:40 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to Sand Point road in reference to a parking lot traffic crash. Officer Hodo arrived and noted that the golf cart was legally parked in front of the lobby area at the resort. Vehicle #1 was pulling into the half circle driveway to park. The driver did not feel any impact so she walked inside the resort to attend a business function. An employee discovered the damage to the electric golf cart and observed debris on the rear bumper of Vehicle #1 consistent with the impact. The driver stated that she was not aware or felt any impact of hitting an object. Damage was very minor and Officer Hodo did not cite anyone.


Jan. 24

Mooring vessel’s lights annoying

9:14 a.m.

Officer Martin responded to Birdie Lane regarding a vessel moored in the bay. The complainant stated that the mooring light on the vessel keeps him awake at  night and he would like the vessel to be moved. Officer Martin advised him that the vessel was moored in a proper safe location and there ws non violation forcing it to relocate. Officer Martin told him he would ask the marine officer to contact the owner of the vessel and see if he could move it.

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