On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending May 11, 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 6

Noise disturbance

10:47 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to 4300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a juvenile noise disturbance on the beach. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the two juveniles playing in the water while another one was on land and was using her phone as a light to watch. Officer Hodo advised the juveniles to shut the noise down since the beach closes at 11 p.m. Officer Hodo advised the juveniles that using a whit light form their phones during turtle season is prohibited.


May 7

Misplaced sewing machine

8:49 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Russell Street in reference to a suspicious circumstance. The complainant advised she believes a person had taken her portable sewing machine. The complainant advised that the subject whom she had known for a few years asked her if she could stay with her. The complainant advised that the subject told her she was getting a divorce. The complainant advised she keeps a portable sewing machine in the room that the subject had been staying in. Officer Bergeron asked the complainant to show him the room. He checked the room for the sewing machine but it was not there. Officer Bergeron asked the complainant if he could check her spare bedroom. She advised that was okay. Officer Bergeron checked the other spare bedroom and found the sewing machine in the closet. The sewing machine was dusty and appeared not to have been removed from the closet for some time. The complainant thanked Officer Bergeron for his assistance and apologized for the mix up. Nothing further.


Property found

9:51 a.m.

Officer Zunz responded to police department in reference to found property. The complainant entered the police department to turn in a Florida driver’s license belonging to someone else. The complainant advised that he found the license at approximately 9 a.m. by the entrance to Longboat Club Road. Checking the internet, the officer was able to locate a work telephone number for the man who lost the wallet. The operator at the phone number advised that the man would be in this week to pick up his license.



3:06 p.m.

Officer Smith responded to Police Department for a report of identity theft. The complainant stated that the person(s) unknown to him and without his permission opened a Regions Bank account on Oct. 13, 2015 and had non sufficient funds in the amount of $640.20 attached to the account. The complainant also indicated that a PNC bank account was opened on Aug. 25 and had insufficient funds in the amount of $7,221.55 attached to the account. The complainant said that these fraudulent activities have impacted his ability to open a new account. The complainant stated that both accounts were opened in Lauderhill, Florida.


Identity theft

3:54 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to the police department for report of fraud. Upon arrival, Officer Bergeron met with the complainant who advised she discovered without her permission that there was a fraudulent account with Xfinity opened in her name. The complainant advised that the unknown person(s) address was in Sacramento, California. The bill totaled $918. The complainant advised that she contacted the Xfinity fraud claims department and she was advised to file a police report. The complainant advised that she will need a copy of the report along with documentation to send to Xfinity. The complainant was given a case number. Nothing further.


May 8


4:02 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to the police department for a report of a possible identity theft. Officer Smith arrived and made contact with the complainant who stated he had received a collection letter indicating that he had an outstanding balance of $650 on a Credit One bank card. The complainant stated he ahs never applied for a Credit One bank card. Officer Smith informed him to check his credit report and check to see if the card has been entered on his report and if it had been entered he would need to contact the perspective fraud department. The complainant stated he would provide more information after he checks his credit report.


Civil disturbance

7:11 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to 4500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a civil disturbance. Officer Nagell met with the complainant who related that she hired a moving company to move her from Georgia to Longboat Key. During the off load of her household goods she observed several damaged items and attempted to speak with the moving sub-contractor. During the conversation she advised that the movers damaged even more items totaling thousands of dollars in damages. She did contact the original contracted company and did not feel that they were not taking the matter seriously, however, they did issue a claim report number. Officer Nagell advised her that he would take the report but that the matter was civil in nature which she understood. Officer Nagell gave her a case number and statement form. She advised that she would return the statement form to the department as they had several more boxes and items to look at. Case closed as a civil matter.


May 9

Missing person

4:05 a.m.

Officer Houchins was dispatched to 2500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a report of a missing person. The caller stated her husband is the overnight security officer for a condominium and that he had not returned home at the expected time. When Officer Houchins arrived, the missing person’s vehicle was located on site and the security office was open. A check of the premises was then conducted. The missing person was located walking in the common area. He stated he had been in the second floor lounge. He was asked if he was okay and if he wanted to be checked by medics. He stated that he was fine and no medical attention was necessary. He was then asked to call his wife to let her know he was okay.

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