On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending February 2, 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. 27

No passing zone violation

8:52 a.m.

Officer Nagell conducted a traffic stop in the 6700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a vehicle for improper passing. Officer Nagell made contact with the operator and advised her of the reason for the stop. She said she was late for work and didn’t realize that you could not pass in that area. Officer Nagell issued a written warning for improper passing.


Disabled vehicle

10:22 p.m.

Officer Smith observed a disabled motor vehicle in the northbound lane of 2100 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Smith observed the driver side front tire to be flat. The driver had called AAA to change her tire. The vehicle ended up being towed by a towing company to the owner’s residence. Nothing further.


Jan. 28

Public service

12:02 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to the area of Longboat Club Road for a report of an open access box. He located the box and found it unsecured. It appeared to have been left unsecured. Officer Nagell had dispatch notify Frontier to respond as the box is a telephone switch box. There is no evidence of pry marks and the area is flagged with Frontier locator flags.


Jan. 29

Public service

9:56 a.m.

Officer Martin responded to the police station regarding a missing package. At the station, Officer Martin met with a person who was looking for a missing FedEx package. The package shipped by FedEx never made delivery on the key. The person had reported the missing package to FedEx and Sarasota Police. Officer Martin advised him that since the package was never delivered it was not in the town’s jurisdiction and that the report to Sarasota Police was his report that he filed. Officer Martin gave him a case number in case further questions came up. Case closed.



3:05 p.m.

Officer Houchins was sent to Chatham Drive on a reported criminal mischief. Officer Houchins spoke with the complainant who said that her battery powered tricycle (valued at $1,800) had been damaged. The complainant said that the bike had been messed with a couple of times before this incident of property damage. The complainant said that the residents of the condo store their bikes on the first floor under the stairs. The complainant said that in the last few weeks, since all the “snowbirds” returned the bike storage area has been much more crowded. The complainant said that since that time, her bike had been moved and had electrical wires unplugged as well as bolts loosened. The complainant found the cloth cover of the passenger basket ripped and the fender on the rear wheel so badly damaged that it cannot be ridden. The complainant said that she was told by the management that people have complained about her bike being in the way. There were no witnesses nor are there cameras.


Feb. 1

Parking violation

11:04 a.m.

Officer Nagell responded to the police department to meet with a subject in reference to a parking complaint. Upon his arrival, the male subject had left. Officer Zunz advised that this was in reference to the intersection near Cedar Street. Officer Nagell responded to Cedar Street and met with a female subject who advised that the initial complainant was her husband and that the question was about a vehicle that was parked o the side of Poinsettia Street that was temporarily blocking the view. Officer Nagell did not see any violations and she stated that this was an ongoing issue between the two subjects. Officer Nagell told her to call again if her husband wished to speak with an officer or had any other questions. She wished that her name not be used due to the ongoing issues. She also told Officer Nagell she would speak with the wife of the truck owner as they get along.


Abandoned 911 call

4:14 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Bay Isles Road in reference to an abandoned 911 call. Officer Hodo arrived and made contact with the employees inside the Temple, none of the employees made any calls and everything was fine.

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