On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending June 1, 2018

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

May 25

Suspicious circumstance

10:38 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 4400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a suspicious incident call which involved a paddle board drifting northbound in the Gulf of Mexico past the sand bars. Officer Nazareno immediately contacted the Longboat Key Marine Unit, Officer Reno advised him of the call and for him to respond in the area. Prior to Officer Nazareno’s arrival, he contacted the caller who advised that she did not see a person on the paddle board when she saw it drifting and could still see the board from under her apartment window. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno observed two fishing boats and one paddle board with a person on it about 200 yards from shore. Officer Reno located the board and did not find any person in distress in the area. Officer Reno advised Officer Nazareno that it was a small children’s boogey board and that it was most likely washed out into the Gulf. The boogey board was submitted to Longboat Key Police Station as found property. Nothing further.


Public service

6:05 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to the parking lot of 6700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a public service call to assist a motorist with a car seat. Prior to his arrival, he was advised by dispatcher that the issue was resolved by the caller. Upon arrival at the parking lot, Officer Nazareno was unable to locate the caller and contacted the cell phone number on the 911 call. Officer Nazareno made contact with the husband who advised that his wife was able to properly install their child’s car seat.


May 26

Burglar alarm

9:30 a.m.

Officer Reno responded to Dream Island Road in reference to a residential alarm activation. There was a lettered cleaning service car out front. Officer Reno was also approached by the neighbor who lives across the street who explains this happens a lot and that the owner of the home thought the cleaners were coming yesterday so the alarm was reactivated. Officer Reno then spoke with the cleaning person who was wearing the uniform. She stated that they were scheduled for yesterday but due to  the heavy rain and the road being underwater they waited until this date. Case closed.


Suspicious vehicle

7:44 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to Rountree Drive in reference to an unknown vehicle and boat parked in the caller’s driveway. Upon arrival, Officer Schoepfer located the vehicle and boat and ran both through dispatch. The vehicle and boat were tagged out of Texas. Officer Shoepfer received an owner’s name, then located another vehicle parked at a neighbor’s residence with Texas tags. Officer Schoepfer ran that tag through dispatch with came back to the same owner. Officer Schoepfer made contact with the property owner who is out of state and advised her that the vehicle and boat were her neighbors.’ She advised she would make contact with them to have the vehicles removed from her driveway.


May 27


5:00 p.m.

Sgt. Smith responded to Bayside Drive and met with the complainant who stated that an unknown person(s) had damaged her hose and stolen a wand. Sgt. Smith arrived and made contact with the complainant. She said sometime between May 21 and May 25, an unknown person and without permission had entered onto her property, cut the end off of the hose and stolen the wand attachment. The complainant stated the replacement cost of the hose would be approximately $50 and the replace cost of the want would be approximately $25. The complainant showed the area where the hose had been stored on the north east corner of the residence. Sgt. Smith observed that there were no security cameras in the area. The complainant’s residence was placed on the extra patrol request log. Sgt. Smith informed the complainant of different security measures she could take to make her residence a harder target for vandalism. Due to the weather and the hose end being handled by the complainant, no attempts were made to obtain latent prints. Case closed.


Noise disturbance

7:50 p.m.

Officer Nagell was dispatched to a noise complaint on the tip of Greer Island. Officer Nagell responded to the N. Shore Beach access. Officer Nagell requested dispatch ask the caller if the subjects had arrived by boat or by foot. Dispatch advised that the caller who was very upset stated that the parties were in a boat on the eastern  most shore of Greer Island near the Longboat Pass Bridge. Sgt. Schoepfer and Officer Nagell walked out to he bridge and arrived at 8:18 p.m. While walking they heard music being placed at a very loud level. Officer Nagell made contact with the subjects and advised them that the level which they were playing their stereo was excessive and educated them on the acceptable level. Officer Nagell issued both subjects a warning for the loud noise. Neither Sgt. Scheopfer nor Officer Nagell observed any other violations in that area or Greer Island as they walked back. Upon returning to the vehicle dispatch advised that the caller, who originally did not wish to be contacted, be notified of the outcome of the call. Dispatch transferred the caller to Officer Nagell who spoke with him for 10 minutes. He was very upset at the fact that citations were not issued and that no other violations were observed by officers. Officer Nagell explained to him his interaction with the subjects and he was angry over the overall issues of boaters and loud stereos collectively. Officer Nagell provided him his name and referred him to command staff if he wished to speak with someone who was able to take his complaint of the overall enforcement in that area.



7:58 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer while on patrol at the Colony Resort located an adult male in the outside bar/beach area inside the resort compound. Once contact was made, the man said he walked to the resort form the Longboat Key Club where he is vacationing with his family. The man said his grandmother was telling him about the Colony and how she used to come here when she was a kid. The man said he thought he would take pictures of the resort and its present condition for his grandmother to see. The man said he had no intentions of causing any damage, he only wanted to take pictures and explore. The man did have a camera and tripod and was in the act of setting up a shot when Officer Schoepfer encountered him. Officer Schoepfer escorted the man off the resort compound and issued him a verbal warning for the trespass. Officer Schoepfer also explained to him all of the health risks inside the resort compound. He advised he would not come back. Nothing further.

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