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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending November 30, 2018

Nov. 20

Traffic camera

7:55 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer received a call for an expired license plate. Officer Schoepfer located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at 5600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Schoepfer made contact with the driver who advised he was the registered owner of the vehicle. Officer Schoepfer advised the driver that the vehicle tag expired on Sept. 7. The owner was issued a written warning for the violation. The owner said he would take care of the expired tag online at work.

 

Nov. 22

Traffic stop at pedestrian crosswalk

4:20 p.m.

Officer Cooper conducted a traffic stop at 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Cooper observed a red Dodge Charger southbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive pass through the pedestrian crosswalk while the lights were activated and people were trying to cross. The driver was stopped at the safe portion of the roadway and identified with a Ohio photo driver’s license. The driver was issued a written warning and released from t he scene.

 

Turkey afire

4:58 p.m.

Officer Vogt responded to Bayport Way in reference to a residential fire alarm. Officer Vogt arrived along with the Fire Department. It was quickly determined the fire alarm was set off by someone who had left their turkey in the oven too long. When the smoke alarms went off, they saw the smoke coming from the oven. The Longboat Key Fire Department was able to reset the fire alarm.

 

Nov. 23

Boat violation

12:26 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol in the area of Jewfish Key observed a boat operating on plane, with an excessive wake in a ‘slow speed, minimum wake,’ zone. Officer Connors conducted a vessel stop and advised the operator the reason for the stop. The operator was issued a verbal warning for the wake zone violation and Officer Connors educated the operator on the slow speed, minimum wake zone

 

Lost ring

2:51 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to Longboat Club Road in reference to lost property. Officer Hodo contacted the owner who stated that at approximately 9 a.m. she was in the bathroom washing her hands and she remembers taking off her ring and putting it on the counter. The woman said that she walked away and totally forgot about the ring. She said that she remembered leaving her ring in the bathroom so they went back to get it and the ring was not there. The woman stated that she contacted Longboat Key Club Security and had them assist her in searching for the ring with negative result. The woman stated she called the police to make a report on the lost ring. The woman stated the ring was worth approximately $21,000. The woman stated that if she gets additional information on the ring she will forward to the police department. She made no further comments. Officer Hodo checked with security who still searching the area looking for the ring. A

 

Phone call

2:27 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to 1200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report a phone call. The complainant related that at 9:15 a.m. she received a call from a number unknown to her. When she picked it up it was a recording advising her that her Social Security benefits were canceled. The complainant immediately knew that this was a scam and hung up the phone and left for an appointment. She called to have a report written for information only. She advised when she called it back and it would not accept incoming calls. Officer Nagell advised her not to relay any personal information over the phone to unknown persons and that hanging up was the proper thing to do.

 

Animal rescue

8:58 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Hornblower Lane for a report of a dog that has been baking for two hours and possibly locked in at the location. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno did not hear any dogs barking in the area until he rang the door bell. The small white dog did not seem to be in distress while he waited at the front door. Officer Nazareno made contact with the homeowner, wh advised that most of her next door neighbors have dogs and her dog usually barks when he heards the other dogs barking. Officer Nazareno also contacted Megan from the Sarasota County Animal Services and advised her that there was no dogs trapped in distress.

 

Nov. 24

Traffic violation

1:47 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to Bay Isles Parkway in reference to a suspended Florida driver’s license. Officer Nagell confirmed the information through NCIC and DAVID. Officer Nagell located the vehicle in the 1600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the registered owner and advised her of the reason for the stop. The driver indicated to Officer Nagell that she was unaware of the status of her driver’s license. A check of DAVID revealed an unpaid traffic ticket in Manatee County. Officer Nagell advised her to contact someone to respond who would be able to take her and her vehicle home. Officer Nagell issued the driver a citation for driving while license suspended without knowledge and explained the options in regard to the citation. Officer Nagell also provided the driver with contact information for Manatee County Clerk of Courts to resolve the outstanding citation. The driver left the area with her friend driving.

 

Harassing phone calls

3:38 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to 1400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in response to harassing phone calls. Once on scene, Officer Nagell met with the complainant who related that on Nov. 23, her husband who suffers from a form of dementia took a phone call from Ohio and he spent over an hour on the phone with a person who called to fix their computer. She continued that no one was called to fix their computer and her husband does not have access to it. The caller again called on this date and they did not pick up the phone. The complainant wanted this documented in case any personal information was given to the caller that may casue an issue at a later time. She did tell Officer Nagell that her financial institutions and accounts appear fine as of today. She stated that no credit card information was released and at this time she is unaware of any funds having been transferred or given to the caller. Officer Nagell advised her to try and monitor her husband’s use of the phone and speak with her phone service provider as well as contact her financial institutions and let them know. Officer Nagell further related that her land lane service may be able to block the number as well. Officer Nagell educated her and her husband on several of the phone scams. Report written for information purposes only.

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