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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending June 29, 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 22

Lost property

1:05 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to lost property. The complainant stated that he lost his FAA pilot’s license, three bank cards and one Chase card. The complainant stated that he thinks he may have left his wallet on the top of his vehicle and drove off. He also stated that he found the wallet and some items that were in the wallet around the 3000 bock of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The complainant stated that when he found his VA card it was broke into two pieces. The complainant stated he has already been in contact with his bank and the cards were cancelled.

 

Traffic camera

8:52 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to 1900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a camera detection of a canceled driver’s license. The driver’s license was canceled on April 25 for Failure to Complete 3 of 3 requirements. Officer Schopefer verified the driver’s license cancellation through DAVID. The vehicle was a gray 2003 Jeep. Officer Schoepfer located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop with emergency lights. Officer Schoepfer made contact with the driver who stated she was the registered owner of the vehicle. Officer Schoepfer then verified the driver’s identity through dispatch, DAVID and her driver’s license. The driver said she had gone to DMV where she said she was told her driver’s license was still good and she did not have any requirements to complete. Officer Schoepfer advised the driver he verified the cancellation of her driver’s license and there are requirements are not completed. Officer Schoepfer issued the driver a citation for Unknowingly Operating a Vehicle while Driver’s License cancelled. The driver was given an option form and envelope. The driver’s license was seized and will be placed in the property/evidence locker.

 

Vehicle fire

3:16 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to 5800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a vehicle fire. Upon arrival, Officer Schoepfer observed the front end of the vehicle was smoking heavily with fire coming from under the hood. There were no occupants in the vehicle. Longboat Key Fire/Rescue arrived and put the fire out. The front end of the vehicle was heavily damaged by the fire. The driver of the vehicle said she was delivering flowers when the vehicle lost power. She said the vehicle began to smoke and she pulled off the road and into the driveway. She said she just had a new battery installed in the vehicle this morning.

 

June 23

Lost property

5:22 p.m.

Officer Connors and Officer Nagell were dispatched to Broadway Beach area for a report of a female who accidentally dropped her car keys into the Waste Management trash compactor. Upon arrival, Officer Connors and Nagell were directed to the trash compactor where the keys were dropped. The contents of the trash compactor were unable to be accessed due to being locked. Officer Nagell was able to get a hold of a Public Works employee who would be able to unlock the trash compactor. Officer Nagell instructed the involved parties to await by their vehicle for the Public Works employee and to contact the police department with any further issues. Officers cleared without any further incident.

 

Alarm

6:02 a.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to Winding Oaks Drive for a report of a residential burglar alarm. Upon arrival Officer Nazareno and Officer Smith made a check of the residence and located an open sliding door and the rear of the residence. They cleared the interior of the residence. They observed nothing suspicious inside the residence. The officers secured the sliding glass door and exited through the front door. We were unable to make contact with the keyholder.

 

June 24

Burglar alarm

3:09 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Birdie Lane for an activated residential alarm call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno and Sgt. Smith checked all exterior doors and windows and made entry through an unlocked sliding glass door at one of the guest bedrooms on the first floor. All rooms were cleared and secured. No signs of forced entry and foul play were observed. Sgt. Smith made contact with the key holder via cell phone and the key holder advised that she will not respond to the location. The sliding glass door was locked and exit was made through the garage door. Nothing further.

 

Suspicious circumstance

3:50 p.m.

Officer Connors responded to the area of 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a suspicious female. Dispatch advised that the woman dialed 911 via cell phone stating that she was a 34 year-old woman who was kidnapped as a baby and hung up the phone. Dispatch stated that the woman sounded impaired. Upon arrival, Officer Connors and Sgt. Schoepfer searched the area, both in the cruiser and on foot for the woman with negative results. Dispatch attempted numerous call backs and a ping of the cell phone with negative results. Sgt. Schoepfer also attempted to contact the party’s cell phone with negative results. At this time all appeared to be in order.s

 

June 26

Parking violation

3:50 p.m.

Officer Bidwell responded to Bay Isles Road for a parking violation. A truck was parked behind the post office on the curve in a marked ‘No Parking’ zone. The truck ha been parked in the same location for several days and has not moved. It appears to have broken down. Contact was attempted by Sgt. Cooper with the registered owners representative with negative results. Officer Bidwell coordinated with Capt. Skinner and filled out a ‘Notice to the Owner and all Interested in the Attached Property’ placard and stuck it on the driver’s side window. The placard states the vehicle must be removed within 10 days from the day’s date or the owner will be liable for the costs of removal or destruction.

 

June 27

Suspicious vehicle

1:36 a.m.

Sgt. Smith responded to 5800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of two suspicious vehicles. Upon arrival, Sgt. Smith was met by the complainant who stated that he observed a white Honda van parked with the driver’s side rear sliding door standing open. Also, Sgt. Smith  observed a silver Nissan Altima with the engine running. Sgt. Smith noted they both had been running for several hours. Sgt. Coffman and Officer Ascencio also responded to the location. They made contact with the van owner’s son who was staying in one of the rooms with his family. He checked the vehicle and all was found in order. He said it looked like the seatbelt was sticking out of the door so it would not close. Next, the officers made contact with the owner of the Nissan who stated he thought he had turned the vehicle off, all was found to be in order. These two incidents turned out to be coincidental. Case clear, nothing further.

 

Traffic accident

8:44 a.m.

Officer Connors responded to Russell Street in reference to a traffic accident. Officer Connors and Officer Bidwell arrived and determined there were no injuries. The operator of vehicle one advised that he was towing his boat trailer on Bayside Drive around a sharp left bend onto Russell Street. The driver stated that while turning left, contact was made between his trailer and an oncoming vehicle. The man advised that he immediately pulled over to assess the damage. The operator of vehicle two stated that contact was made between his vehicle and the first vehicle’s trailer at some point in the bend of the road. The vehicle two driver advised that he immediately pulled over to assess the damage. Both parties advised that they were unsure who was at fault. The trailer of vehicle one had minor damage to the driver’s side fender and vehicle two had a blown out driver side tire.

 

Identity theft

11:24 a.m.

Officer Connors responded to the police department for a report of fraud. Upon arrival, Officer Connors spoke with the complainant who stated that approximately one month ago, she received an email from a company posing as Xpert Crew from “Apple Support,” stating that if she had any computer issues to reply via email with banking information. The complainant was unsure if she replied with her banking information because she could not locate the replied email. The complainant stated that she received a copy of a fraudulent check from her bank, for the amount of $469.98, written out to Xpert Crew. The complainant stated that the check was cashed somewhere in Delaware at a bank called Bank of First Deposit. Officer Connors advised the complainant to contact her bank fraud department to seek reimbursement. The complainant supplied Officer Connors with a written statement and a copy of the fraudulent check. Both were submitted with this report. Nothing further added.

 

Speedo provokes nude fallacy

3:25 p.m.

Officer Connors and Officer Bidwell were dispatched to the beach area in the 3900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a tan skinned male in his mid 70s, sunbathing in the nude. Upon arrival, Officer Connors observed a male party fitting the description, putting on the black shorts over a skin-colored Speedo. Officer Connors advised the man of the reason for the complaint. The man stated that he was wearing his Speedo all day and never removed it. Officer informed the man that sunbathing nude is a Longboat Key town ordinance violation and could also be a criminal offense. The man stated he was aware of both and was positive that he never removed his Speedo.

 

June 28

No fishing on the golf course

5:35 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to the 2500 block of Harbourside Drive in reference to a trespass call. Four subjects fishing on the golf course. Upon arrival, Officer Schoepfer located the four subjects fishing on the golf course. The subjects said they were in town on vacation and thought they could fish there. The subjects were issued a warning and escorted off the golf course without incident.

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