On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending October 26, 2018

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


Oct. 22

Suspicious circumstance

10:35 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to St. Judes Drive South for a suspicious circumstance call. Prior to arrival, Sgt. Smith was able to contact the caller who advised him that one of the residents was dumping sand from sandbags into the beach area in front of St. Judes Drive South. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the subject who advised that he was emptying the sandbags that he collected from the town of Longboat Key before Hurricane Michael into the beach area in front of his home at St. Judes Drive South to replenish the eroded area from the storm. He also advised that his son brought 10 black sandbags from Sarasota which he used to prevent the water from reaching his home. The subject was advised not to dump any more of the sandbags into the beach area. No violations were observed.


Oct. 23

Expired registration

10:25 a.m.

Officer Connors received an expired registration hit from the camera. Officer Connors confirmed the status and conducted a vehicle stop. Officer Connors advised the driver the reason for the stop and the driver advised that he was unaware of the registration status. Officer Connors issued the driver a warning.


Civil disturbance

1:50 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Bay Isles Road for a civil dispute regarding payment for a car delivery. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the delivery driver. The delivery driver advised that he called 911 because the customer initially refused to pay the agreed amount at delivery. He further stated that the broker gave the customer an estimated time of deliver of Oct. 16, but the car wasn’t delivered until Oct. 23 and the customer had to make rental car arrangements. The customer wanted to subtract the cost of the rental car from the delivery payment. Officer Nazareno then explained to the delivery driver and the customer that the dispute over the payment is a civil matter. The delivery driver and the customer came to an agreement where the driver was paid the full amount for the delivery and the customer advised that he will contact the broker about getting reimbursed for the car rental. The customer did not wish to file a police report and refused to give his personal information.


Dog bite

2:02 p.m.

Sgt. Smith while on bike patrol was flagged down by a resident. The resident stated that at approximately 1:15 p.m. his wife was walking on Emerald Harbor Drive, and a German Shepherd ran out from the garage and started to attack their Goldendoodle. The complainant stated that this is the second time the German Shepherd has attacked their dog. The complainant stated the owner came out and told them he would pay for any veterinary bills that might occur on both occasions. The complainant stated he felt the incident needed to be reported. The complainant stated that his dog suffered no injuries and he just wanted to report the incident. Sgt. Smith made contact with the owner of the German Shepherd at his residence. He stated he had opened the door that went into the garage and did not realize the main door was also open. He stated his dog ran out and got into a fight with the complainant’s dog. He stated he was on the way to the veterinarian because his dog had suffered injuries to its ears. Sgt. Smith did not complete a Manatee County bite report due to no human being bitten. Sgt. Smith provided both parties with a case number and business cards.


Failure to yield

2:57 p.m.

Officer Nazareno observed a black Land Rover traveling southbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive fail to stop at the activated pedestrian crossing lights at the intersection of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Longboat Club Road. Officer Nazareno then activated his overhead lights and conducted a traffic stop. Officer Nazareno made contact with the driver and advised that the reason for the stop was her failure to yield right-of-way to pedestrians upon activation of the pedestrian crossing lights. The driver stated that she was not familiar with the pedestrian crossing lights at Longboat Key and mistakenly thought that the flashing yellow lights meant to slow down. The driver’s license and registration were valid, she was issued a written warning and advised to be more cautious when approaching pedestrian crossing area.


Suspicious vehicle

11:43 p.m.

Officer Nagell observed a beige four-door car vehicle parked in the closed beach access parking lot located in the 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. After a check of the area, he located the operator of the vehicle and advised him that the access was closed. Officer Nagell and the driver returned to the vehicle and a computer check revealed no wants or warrants on the man or the vehicle. Officer Nagell issued a verbal warning for being at the access after hours. He left the area without incident.


Oct. 24


5:18 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Gulf Bay Road Lift Station D area in reference to an explosion. The Fire Department advised that a transformer had blown out. The Fire Department noted that there was no fire and there was no damage. Officer Hodo noted that Florida Power and Light had been contacted to respond to the scene since some residences had lost power. At this time, Officer Hodo conducted no further investigation.


Traffic camera

10:04 a.m.

Officer Ascencio conducted a traffic stop at 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a brown Ford F250. At around 10 a.m. Officer Ascencio received a  hit from the northbound camera. It stated that the owner of the vehicle had an expired driver’s license which was confirmed by DAVID. The driver was the owner of the vehicle, he said he was not aware his driver’s license was expired. Officer Ascencio checked the driver for wants and warrants which was negative. The driver was able to get another driver with a valid driver’s license.


Oct. 25

Coyote sighting

8:11 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 5800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a coyote sighting. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio spoke to the complainant who stated that the coyote was on the beach walking south, the coyote was gone upon his arrival.


Coyote sighting

12:58 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 4800 Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a coyote on the beach. Upon arrival, the coyote had already ran south and was out of sight.

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