On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending June 15, 2018

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

June 8


1:14 a.m.

Officer Ascencio while on patrol in the 6900 block of Lois Ave observed an illegally parked vehicle. The vehicle was a white Suzuki parked in the Linley Street dock parking area. Parking is restricted from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Parking citation was placed on the windshield of the vehicle. The infraction was recorded on cruiser video.


Traffic camera

8:24 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to the 1900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a camera hit for a black 2015 Nissan sport utility vehicle with a driver who has a suspended license. The driver’s license was suspended on March 6. Officer Schoepfer confirmed the suspension through DAVID. Officer Schoepfer located the vehicle and made the traffic stop. He made contact with the driver who advised she was the registered owner of the vehicle. Officer Schoepfer confirmed the woman’s identity through dispatch and DAVID. The owner did not have her driver’s license stating it had been previously seized. Officer Schoepfer advised the driver that her driver’s license was suspended for failure to attend an elected class for a previous citation. She said she knew her driver’s license was suspended and said she thought if she didn’t attend the class she could just pay the fine and then get her driver’s license reinstated. The driver was issued a criminal citation for Operating a Vehicle while Driver’s License was Suspended with Knowledge. The driver was then released at the scene. She had her husband and daughter drive to come pick up her and her vehicle.


Larceny from private property

10:53 a.m.

Officer Nagell responded to 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a larceny of a blue Manatee County recycle bin. The complainant advised that she moved into her residence in 2015, and was unsure if the recycle bin was ever at the residence. The complainant said that she recently started to recycle and noticed that the recycle bin was missing. The complainant completed and signed the Longboat Key Police Department pre-printed information and statement form.


Mayday call

3:46 p.m.

Officer Reno, Officer Connors and Officer Nagell were all conducting boat familiarization of Marine 81 at the Longboat Key Moorings. Officers heard a distress call via marine VHF radio from Sarasota Marine Unit relaying a “mayday” call from a 24 foot pontoon boat that was taking on water approximately 300 yards off of the Longboat Key Moorings. Officers Reno and Connors immediately launched Marine 81 and responded to the location. As officers exited the channel into Sarasota Bay, the weather deteriorated quickly with 3-4 foot waves, hazy visibility and strong westerly winds. All these weather conditions played a vital role in searching for the vessel. Once on scene, officers conducted a quick search of the area with negative results. Officers continued to search the area while maintaining communications with Sector St. Petersburg Coast Guard, to get a better location of the vessel. While communicating with the Coast Guard, officers were hailed by the distress boater via marine VHF radio. The distress boater was able to give a better location and was able to better direct officers to his location (the location from the initial search area was approximately 1 NM southeast). Once officers made a visual contact of theh distress boater, officers observed the one occupant on the bow with the vessels stern completely submerged with waves crashing over the stem and engine cowling. The boater had donned his life jacket and said he was uninjured. Officer Reno approached the vessel from the port side, while Officer Connors stood ready with the  boat hook on the starboard bow. Officer Connors made contact with the vessels boat rail and guided the vessel in. Once in close proximity, Officer assisted the boater off the vessel and onto Marine 81. The boater, who identified himself stated that he was uninjured and thanked officers for their assistance. Officers relayed the information to Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, as Coast Guard Station Cortez arrived on scene. Coast Guard Station Cortez’s 45 foot RBM, assisted with transferring the man from Marine 81 to their 45 foot RBM, while they de-watered and towed the disabled boat back to the Moorings. Officers spoke to the boater back at the Moorings pier. The man advised that he was driving the vessel back across Sarasota Bay, when the weather suddenly picked up. The man stated that water began to crash over the stern, which resulted in the batteries to short out. The man advised that the vessel became dead in the water, with the bilge pumps  no longer working and the stern submerging below the waterline. The man stated that he went to the bow and called a mayday via VHF. The man informed officers that the sudden change in the weather conditions was the cause of the incident.



4:11 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to Bayou Road for a complaint of a disturbance. Upon Officer Nagell’s arrival, he met with the complainant who advised that they are doing permitted construction work at the property. An unknown subject came out of the property located at Bayou Gate and began videotaping his work crew. The subject also told Officer Nagell that the unknown subject threatened to call immigration on the crew as well as stating that they were disturbing his sleep and had to stop working. The subject videotaping was described as long-haired, 5 foot 6 inches white man, thin build in his 30s. Sgt. Schoepfer and Officer Nagell responded to Bayou Gate to make contact with the unknown subject. After several attempts they were unable to contact anyone for that address. Officer Nagell again spoke with the complainant and advised him not to engage the subject and call if the problem continued. Case closed.


Illegal parking

5:47 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to Putting Green Lane for a complaint of a parked trailer. While en route, Officer Nagell contacted Officer Zunz, the front desk person at the Longboat Key Police Department. Officer Zunz advised that the originating contact was via email to Code Enforcement Officer Chris Elbon. The email stated that a trailer was parked on the roadway on Putting Green Lane. Once on scene, Officer Nagell did observe a utility trailer. The trailer was legally parked and had not yet exceeded the maximum allowable time per town code to be cited. There were no other obvious parking issues in the area.


Illegal burning

7:58 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to the area of Greer Island in regard to a report of a large bonfire. Upon his arrival, he made contact with the two male subjects who were sitting next to an open fire. The fire was approximately 18-24 inches in circumference and was dug into the ground approximately 6-8 inches. The fire was glowing red and nearly extinguished. Officer Bergeron advised the male subjects that having an open fire on the beaches of Longboat Key was prohibited. Both subjects advised that they did not know and thought that if the fire was in the ground that it was okay. The fire was completely extinguished and both subjects were asked to leave the beach. Officer Bergeron checked the area for any other fires. None were located. Nothing further. Case closed.


June 12

Suspicious vehicle

11:30 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to North Shore Road Beach Access in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Officer Ascencio observed a silver vehicle parked in a parking lot of the North Shore Road. The lot is a private property lot marked by signage. The vehicle’s engine was running and the lights were off. Officer Ascencio walked over to the vehicle and began to speak to the driver. She first stated that her parents live in one of the condos nearby. Then she stated that she was waiting for friends to come back from the beach. Officer Ascencio noticed two cans of opened alcohol in the cup holders which were in plain view. Officer Ascencio could also smell an alcoholic beverage on the breath of the driver as she spoke. He could also smell burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. At this time a black male approached the vehicle. He asked if his friend was alright. He stated he could driver her home. While talking to this man, another man appeared who said he was with both of the other two. Officer Ascencio was able to gain consent to search the vehicle. He noticed that both front seats had t-shirts covering them. During the search he lifted up the passenger seat shirt. There was a black semi-automatic handgun, a Walther P22 in the pocket of the passenger seat. At this time, all subjects were detained and he continued his search. Officer Ascencio also found in the front seat a purse containing the driver’s wallet. The purse also contained a baggy of burnt marijuana roaches weighing 1 gram. All three subjects were checked for warrants. The gun was photographed and in placed and the vehicle was also photographed. The gun was checked in NCIC and found not to be stolen. All three subjects stated the gun was not theirs. The one man stated the gun belonged to his cousin who was not with them. The gun was also found to be unloaded. Officer Ascencio then secured the gun in the front seat of his cruiser. All evidence was placed into evidence locker. The driver was given Notice to Appear for minor in possession of alcohol and possession of marijuana. The driver signed the property receipt for the handgun. Case closed.


June 13

5:22 p.m.

Captain Skinner was dispatched to Royal Rd. for a report of a suspicious vehicle. The complainant reported a gray Toyota Camry and occupied by a black male in his 30s, thin build, black hat, black shirt and blue pants was driving in the area for no apparent reason. Officer Nagell and Captain Skinner arrived to the area and they checked several of the roads in the area, but the vehicle was gone prior to their arrival.


Dog on beach

9:12 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Greer Island for a report of two dogs running on the beach area. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno was met by the caller who advised that the first dog had already left the beach access area and the second dog was still in the beach area. Officer Nazareno then encountered the dog and the owner just past the mangrove trees. Officer Nazareno observed the dog to have a harness which had patches that marked it as a service dog. The owner stated that her dog is trained to detect her medical condition.

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