On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending September 14, 2018

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

Sept. 8

Burglar alarm

1:25 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to Publix in reference to a burglar alarm. Upon arrival, dispatch advised it was coming from the customer service area. Officer Vogt arrived along with Sgt. Coffman and both checked the area for any signs of a burglary. They both found no signs of any burglary. All doors and glass were secure and locked. They could observe balloons inside moving from the air conditioner which may have set off the alarm. The officers asked dispatch to see if there was a key holder responding and were told that the key holder gave the proper password and said they saw on video that everything was okay and were not responding. Case closed.


Traffic violation

2:20 a.m.

Officer Vogt was on patrol when the Target Alert Service showed a vehicle driving near the Publix camera with a suspended driver’s license. Officer Vogt attempted to find the vehicle and checked it through DAVID. The check was showing the registered driver, who did have a suspended driver’s license. Officer Vogt conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and questioned the driver. The driver said he did not know his driver’s license was suspended. Officer Vogt checked through DAVID and it showed it was suspended for Judgment Suspension on Aug. 29. Officer Vogt issued the driver a written citation for Driving While License Suspended, Without Knowledge. Officer Vogt also confiscated the man’s driver’s license and turned it into the property locker at Longboat Police Station. The driver was able to get in touch with a relative to pick up the car and drive it away. The relative arrived and drove the vehicle away with a valid driver’s license.


Sept. 9

Park closed

11:36 p.m.

Officer Vogt responded to 100 block Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a car parked at Overlook Park. Officer Vogt notified dispatch and proceeded to check if the vehicle was occupied. Officer Vogt approached the vehicle and noticed it was not occupied. Officer Vogt did observe the keys to the vehicle on the driver’s side floor mat, and also a women’s purse on the back seat.  Officer Vogt checked the area and did not see anyone in the park. He also walked under the bridge to the other side to see if he could locate the owner. Officer Vogt did not see anyone on that side either. As Officer Vogt walked back to his patrol car, he was checking the driver’s information through DAVID when he saw the driver walk back towards her car from the walkway that goes under the bridge. She said she saw the flashlight and thought maybe he was looking for her. Officer Vogt explained that he was closing the park due to it closing at 11 p.m. She said she was not aware it closes and said she was just going for a walk. She was then advised of the park hours and got into her car and drove off.


Sept. 10

Burglar alarm

2:00 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to Birdie Lane in reference to a residential burglar alarm. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt started checking the front of the residence for any signs of a burglary. Officer Vogt found no signs in the front. He then checked the side of the house and the rear of the house. He did not observe any signs of a burglary. Dispatch shortly after advised the alarm company received the proper password and wished to cancel the call.


Traffic light malfunction

1:04 p.m.

Officer Connors responded to the intersection of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Longboat Club Road for a report of the traffic lights not cycling. Upon arrival, Officer Connors observed numerous vehicles waiting to exit Longboat Club Road. The traffic light eventually cycled and traffic was able to exit. The construction foreman in the area stated that the traffic pattern changed earlier in the day and may have played a role in the traffic light cycling. Officer Connors contacted FDOT and advised them of the possible issue.


Sept. 11

Elevator rescue

7:54 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 1200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for an elevator rescue call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno accompanied Longboat Key Firefighters to locate the elevator that was out of order. Once we located the elevator, firefighters were able to open the elevator door and rescue the stranded resident who was unharmed.


Animal rescue

12:51 p.m.

Officer Smith responded to 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive to a possible injured animal. Officer Smith and Officer Nazareno made a search of the area and met with negative results. Officer Smith made contact with the caller that stated her friend had posted a Facebook live post indicating that she possibly saw an animal struck by a car in the area. The caller indicated the post was approximately 45 minutes ago. No signs of an injured animal were located. Officer Smith observed several maintenance personnel in the area of the golf course. The officers received no further calls in reference to an injured animal in the area.

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1 Response for “On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending September 14, 2018”

  1. I love On Patrol – and if it were only because niohing serious is happening an Longboat. Wolfgang Will

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