On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending September 7, 2018

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

Aug. 25

Suspicious person

1:34 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Bay Isles Parkway on a report of people fishing in the golf course. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio found two white males fishing next to the “no fishing on private property” sign. The subjects said they knew they should not be fishing there. The subjects gathered their equipment and were escorted off the property.


Aug. 26

Burglar alarm

3:22 a.m.

Officer Bidwell responded to Yardarm Lane in reference to an alarm indicating garage motion. The owner was out of town and the alarm company notified her of the alarm. The owner requested Longboat Key Police respond. On arrival the garage door was open. The interior residence door from the garage was unlocked and the lights were on inside. Upon announcing their presence when opening the interior residence door, the man who was watching the house woke up and advised he was in the residence. The man was doing work on the residence and had stayed over night. Officers asked the owner if the man was supposed to be at the residence and she advised he was fine to be there. Upon their departure, police asked the home watch person to close the open garage door to avoid any further issues. No signs of foul play observed and no one seen in the neighboring areas or adjacent streets. Nothing further.


Sept. 1

Welfare check

1:38 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to North Shore Road for a welfare check call in reference to a subject possibly taken against her will by her son. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno was told by dispatch that there was a miscommunication error by staff. The subject was found safe at Plymouth Harbor by Sarasota Police.


Sept. 2

Crosswalk violation

10:22 a.m.

Officer Reno stopped a silver SUV for a crosswalk violation. Officer Reno observed the vehicle slow down but never stop and slowly moved through the crosswalk while pedestrians were near. Officer Reno stopped and spoke with the driver who admitted she wasn’t exactly sure if she was supposed to stop or not. Officer Reno explained to her the law as it pertains to crosswalks and further explained the flashing crosswalks on Longboat Key. Verbal warning was issued.


Loud noise

9:37 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to Lyons Lane in reference to a neighbor hearing a female voice yelling. Officer Hodo noted that the caller did not want to meet. Officer Hodo arrived and heard some loud voices coming from the pool area. Officer Hodo discovered that a group of kids were screaming and horse playing in the pool. Officer Hodo observed no signs of any disturbance at the residence, and no further investigation was necessary.


Sept. 3

Burglar alarm

11:03 p.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to 300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a burglar alarm. Officer Vogt arrived and met with the owner of the unit who said he has been at this address for years and has never had a problem with his alarm until this evening. He said he tried entering his code two times and it would not shut off. He also said he contacted his alarm company for help and was told they can’t help him until sometime tomorrow after 7 a.m. The complainant said he would call his alarm company back tomorrow and also check with the unit’s maintenance department. Case closed.


Sept. 4

Stranded whale

8:30 a.m.

Officer Ascencio was conducting a check of the beach for the effects of red tide when he observed a large crowd that had gathered on the beach. Officer Ascencio was able to see a whale that had beached itself. The crowd and Mote Marine officers were assisting the whale. Officer Ascencio spoke to the senior biologist from Mote. She said that the whale was a Pygmy Killer Whale and they were taking the whale to the rehab center. Officer Ascencio assisted with moving the whale from the beach to a truck which was waiting nearby. The Mote biologist stated that this whale usually does not beach alone and that there may be more showing up on the beach.


Animal rescue

3:04 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Bayview Drive for a dog rescue call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the complainant who advised her that her neighbor’s dog fell in the canal and was unable to get up into the seawall. Officer Nazareno was able to reach down and get the dog out of the water. The dog was exhausted but in good health and didn’t appear to have any injuries. Officer Nazareno was also able to locate and return the dog to its owner. The owner was working on his boat in the front yard at the time his dog fell into the canal and was advised of the incident. Nothing further.


Sept. 5


12:58 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to Broadway in reference to a disturbance. Officer Vogt upon arrival at the Linley Street boat ramp, attempted to locate the complainant. As he arrived at the boat dock, Officer Vogt observed him heading over in a boat. The complainant tied up his boat and told Officer Vogt that he got off of work around 10 p.m. and then went out for a few drinks. When he arrived back at the Linley Street dock his kayak was not where he had left it tied up. He then called his friend that was staying on his boat with him to come over and pick him up using his friend’s boat. When the friend picked him up and they were heading back to his boat he saw his kayak tied up to another boat near his. He knew who owned the boat because he talked to the owners of the boat before. The complainant dropped his friend off at his boat and then paddled over to talk to the occupants of the boat to find out why his kayak was tied to their boat. When he reached the boat he tarted talking to the owner of that boat. He said she was very thin with reddish hair and about 48 years old. The woman told him she borrowed his kayak to help out some friends and just forgot to bring it back over to the boat dock. The two started to get into an argument and the complainant said she reached down and picked up a flare gun and pointed it about one foot from his face and told him to get away from the boat. The complainant said he never went onto her boat and after this happened he took his kayak and went back to his boat and called the police. Officer Vogt asked him what he would like from him for this evening and he said only to report her taking the kayak. He said he didn’t want to press charges against her. He also refused to fill out a witness statement or sign a waiver. The complainant said he only wanted to document what she did to his kayak in case they do something to his boat in the future. The complainant said he normally talks to them on a civil level but tonight he feels she may have been drinking and this is why she was acting the way she was. He also said her boyfriend lived on the boat with her but he never said one word to him the whole time. The complainant was advised to stay away from her boat and he agreed, he was going back to his boat for the night and going to sleep. The complainant then went on his boat and paddled back to his boat. Officer Vogt gave the complainant a case number.


Suspicious person

11:28 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to a report of a suspicious person in the area of Fair Oaks Lane. The caller advised that the man in his 40s seemed to be confused. Upon arrival, Officer Bergeron located the subject and his wife. The wife advised that her husband suffers from Alzheimer’s and they were just out for a walk and bike ride. Nothing further.

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