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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending June 8, 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 27

Larceny

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.

 

Trespassing

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.

 

June 2

Public service

9:56 a.m.

Officer Hodo responded to Longboat Key Police Station and met with the complainant who stated he is getting repair work done at his residence from water damage. The complainant stated he called the association president asking for updated information on repair completion, so that he can move back into his unit. The complainant said that the president has gotten very belligerent with him via cell phone call a couple of times. The complainant stated that at a later time he will call the police department for a standby while he inspects his unit. The complainant is concerned for his safety after these phone calls. The complainant called to police to make a report of the matter. Nothing further.

 

Welfare check

11:05 a.m.

Officer Hodo responded to Lands End Drive in reference to a welfare check. Officer Hodo noted that the caller wanted to check on her father who was working at the location. The caller was not able to contact him via cell phone. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted neighbors who stated that the father had just left the area and was fine with no issues. Officer Hodo notified the caller and advised her of the information. Nothing further.

 

Suspicious package

12:21 p.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to 200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a suspicious package. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt made contact with the complainant who said yesterday when she received her mail from work, she received a package from the U.S. Postal Service from an unknown source. Once she opened the package, she found a printed letter which said, “you’re a dirt bag.” Also inside was a small nylon bag filled with brown mulch and dirt. The complainant said she does not know who could have sent it and she also said she has not had any problems with anyone lately.

 

Public service

2:30 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to Longboat Police Department in reference to a call assist on a vehicle title. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the caller. The caller had a copy and the original title for his car and he wanted to know which one to sign off when he sells his vehicle. The caller called the police for help since he was not sure which form to use. Officer Hodo advised that he has to use the original form of his title. Nothing further.

 

Disturbance

3:55 p.m.

Officer Kolodzieski while on Marine Patrol, was dispatched to a possible fight in progress in the area between Jewfish Key and Greer Island involving five subjects. One suspect vessel was a 21 white Carolina Skiff and the other vessel did not have a description. The information was then updated that the vessels left the area and were heading towards the bridge. Officer Kolodzieski was responding from the gulf and did n ot observe either vessel departing the Longboat Pass Bridge prior to arriving on the scene. At the scene, Officer Kolodzieski observed a white 21 Carolina Skiff with four white males on board. Officer Kolodzieski activated the blue lights and approached the vessel. Officer Kolodzieski asked the people on the scene if they observed any disturbance. They said two boats were in the area and they were yelling at each other. None of the individuals on the boat stated they observed anything physical. The operator of the boat said the two boats left heading north toward the Cortez Bridge a few minutes earlier. Since time was of the essence, Officer Kolodzieski did not stop to get any witness information. Officer Kolodzieski headed north and met up with a Manatee Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit that was also responding. They did not see any vessels that matched the description north of the Cortez Bridge and did not see any matching vessels that matched the description north of the Cortez Bridge and Officer Kolodzieski did not see any matching vessels south of the bridge. The Manatee Sheriff’s Office Marine Deputy mentioned that most likely the vessels went to Cortez. With no victim and no evidence of a battery no further action was taken.

 

Vandalism

7:50 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to North Shore Road on a report of vandalism. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio met with the caller who stated that he was walking his dog behind the home when he noticed the door to the pool area was damaged. Officer Ascencio did observe the screen to the door was ripped open and a metal plate was bent up. There was no evidence that entry was made into the area. A check of the rest of the house found all doors and windows secured. Per the caller, the rest of the home is alarmed. Officer Ascencio attempted to contact the owner but had not been able to at the time of report. Photos were taken of the damage and placed into evidence.

 

Hit and run

9:59 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Longboat Club Road to assist a Sarasota Officer with a possible hit and run. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio met with Officer Conley who was with a possible hit and run victim which occurred within the Sarasota City Limits. The man stated he followed the other vehicle to the address. He stated he had the vehicle license plate number and Officer Ascencio ran the number through DAVID then proceeded to the address on file. There Officer Ascencio spoke with the owner of the vehicle w ho stated she did not know she hit another vehicle and offered to go to the scene to work things out. She arrived at Longboat Club Road and the two parties agreed to keep the crash as a civil matter and not involve a police report.

 

June 3

Sludge washing ashore

12:11 p.m.

Officer Kolodzieski responded to Jewfish Key in the marine unit for a report of a brown sludge washing ashore. Upon arrival, Officer Kolodzieski met with the complainant who stated that she believed someone had emptied their wastewater holding tank from a boat and that a brown sludge was along her shoreline. She stated that a large boat was anchored in the area for seven days and she thought it was possible that the vessel emptied its holding tank prior to departing the area this morning. At the shoreline, Officer Kolodzieski observed a medium brown slick of an unidentified substance that consisted of a fine particulate matter with most of the substance being on or near the surface. The slick was extending out from the shoreline about two feet and started near the complainant’s house and extended north for about a quarter of a mile. At this time the tide was coming in and the wind was out of the northwest at 13 m.p.h. Officer Kolodzieski contacted the U.S. Coast Guard sector St. Petersburg. They advised they would be the agency that would handle this matter, however, they asked Officer Kolodzieski to notify the National Pollution Response Center first. Officer Kolodzieski contacted the Response Center and was advised they would handle the coordination with all of the appropriate agencies. They opened an unknown substance slick case with their case number. Officer Kolodzieski was contacted by someone from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. After Officer Kolodzieski described the situation, he advised he does not handle that type of case. He did advise that based upon his experience he was 99 percent sure that this was an Organic Muck situation. He advised organic material sinks and then decays and that occasionally it surfaces as a fine brown slick on the surface. While on the scene a Coast Guard Patrol Boat passed by the scene. Officer Kolodzieski contacted the patrol boat via VHF radio and they advised Officer Kolodzieski should call Station Cortez. Officer Kolodzieski called Station Cortez and they checked with the duty officer and his supervisor to see if they could respond. Officer Kolodzieksi received a call back that the patrol boat was not authorized to respond to the location and that their training was to stay clear of the area until contacted by a USCG Environmental Officer. Officer Kolodzieski was contacted by USCG Petty Officer Andrew Olsen who is an Environmental Officer. Officer Kolodzieski explained the situation in detail to him. He stated he would work with both the Coast Guard and FWC to try to determine the nature of this potential incident. Officer Kolodzieski explained to the complainant all of the agencies that were now involved and provided her with a case number. With the US Coast Guard stating they would handle the matter Officer Kolodzieski took no further action.

 

June 4

Suspicious vehicle

12:30 a.m.

Officer Ascencio while on patrol in around North Shore Road saw two Hondas driving in the 200 block. The vehicles turned around and left the area. Officer Ascencio then observed the same two vehicles in the Broadway area. Officer Ascencio then followed the vehicles to the 4300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive where they pulled in and parked under the awning. Officer Ascencio then made contact with the drivers. Officer Ascencio asked the drivers if they lived there, which they replied no. They stated that they were just talking. The two drivers were checked for warrants, which the results were negative. Officer Ascencio informed them they were trespassing and had to leave. Nothing further.

 

Traffic violation

8:30 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to 2000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a traffic violation. While on patrol, Officer Schoepfer noticed a tractor-trailer parked in the right hand turn lane on Gulf of Mexico Drive. The vehicle was causing an obstruction and hazard to vehicles trying to exit Harbourside Drive onto Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Schoepfer issued the driver of the vehicle a citation for Obstruction of Public Streets, Highways and Roads. The driver was issued an option form along with an envelope. Nothing further.

 

June 7

Suspicious person

9:51 a.m.

Officer Vogt responded to Bogey Lane and Golf Links Lane for a suspicious person. The caller stated they observed a black male about 6 foot 1 inch, thin build wearing a white top walking around houses and looking suspicious. When Officer Vogt arrived in the area, the landscapers working in the area told Officer Vogt they were the ones that called. They told Officer Vogt they observed him walking through the lots, looking at the houses and looking suspicious. Officer Vogt then walked int eh area they last spotted him. Across the street from where Officer Vogt started walking, Officer Vogt noticed a blue bicycle leaned up against a tree in front of 520 Chipping Lane. Officer Vogt then observed a black male matching the description walking from the rear of this address.

 

Fishing on the 8th hole

5:06 p.m.

Officer Hodo arrived at Harbourside Drive in reference to two juveniles fishing at the 8th hole. Officer Hodo contacted the complainant who stated that there were two juveniles fishing in the 8th hole and they were told that they could not fish from the course, due to the dangers of golf balls flying through the air. The complainant stated that he has spoken to the two juveniles and they did not leave immediately so he called the police to make a report. The complainant stated that he called the mother and told her via phone to tell her about the dangers of fishing on an active golf course. He thinks the kids live locally in the area because they have fished on the course quite a few times. Officer Hodo checked the area and noted that the juveniles had departed the golf course, upon his arrival. No further investigation.

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