On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending November 23, 2018

Nov. 17

Criminal mischief to beach chair

8:34 a.m.

Officer Bidwell responded to Gulfside Road in reference to possible criminal mischief to a beach chair. Officer Bidwell met with the complainant on and she advised that she had three beach chairs that had been left near the high-tide mark on the beach behind her residence. The complainant last saw the chairs on Nov. 16 at sunset. This morning, the complainant advised one of the chairs appeared to have had the plastic straps cut. Officer Bidwell examined the chair in question and saw no cut marks. Officer Bidwell advised the complainant that the temperature last evening was in the low to mid 40’s and it appeared that whoever sat on the chair had by their mere weight combined with the low temperatures, broken the straps. Officer Bidwell issued the complainant a case number. Nothing further.


Downed power line

10:00 a.m.

Officer Cooper responded to the intersection of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Bay Isles Road and observed a downed power line. Officer Cooper blocked the roadway and requested Longboat Key Fire Department and FPL respond. Gulf of Mexico Drive was closed in both directions for approximately 45 minutes. FPL arrived and cut the cable to make it safe and they were able to open the roadway. Nothing further.


Driving the wrong way

10:30 a.m.

Officer Vogt responded to Bay Isles Road and Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of wires down across the intersection. While Officer Vogt was assisting with the blocking of all foot and vehicle traffic at the intersection, Officer Vogt observed a white Cadillac driving on the wrong side of the road. The driver was driving southbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive in the northbound lanes. He drove in the wrong lane for about ¼ mile while massing all of the stopped traffic. When Officer Vogt signaled for him to stop he did not and kept driving toward Officer Vogt. He finally stopped in front of 2700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on the grass of the northbound side. The driver’s excuse was he just wanted to go through the intersection because he was turning left onto Bay Isles Road. Officer Vogt explained there was a wire down across the intersection and said he didn’t believe the Officer and was upset that he was stopping him from continuing driving. Officer Vogt issued a citation for driving on the wrong side of the road.


Suspicious circumstance

11:27 a.m.

Officer Bidwell was dispatched to the area of Longboat Drive in reference to a remote drone seen flying in the area. The opertor of the drone was also said to be in a white Volkswagen. Officer Bidwell located the white Volkswagen in front of the aforementioned residence. Officer Bidwell made contact with the driver. The driver advised he owns Pix 360 and does indeed fly a drone. The drone was already packed in its travel case as the driver was about to leave. The driver advised he was on assignment for a realtor and took pictures of a property which is up for sale. The driver showed his FAA Remote Pilot Certificate issued Nov. 13. He also advised he did not fly anywhere else other than the home he was photographing and no other complaints were received to the contrary. The driver had another assignment off the key and departed without incident. Nothing further.



8:30 p.m.

Officer Ascencio received an alert from the north facing camera on a vehicle who’s owner had a revoked driver’s license. Officer Ascencio then confirmed the status of the owner’s driver’s license. At 8:30 p.m. Officer Ascencio observed the vehicle driving north on Gulf of Mexico Drive at the 6300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and initiated a traffic stop. The driver was informed of the reason for the stop. She stated the owner is her father. Officer Ascencio then asked to see her driver’s license. She stated that she was working on getting one and handed the officer her identification. She was checked for warrants and for a status of her license. It was confirmed that the driver was never issued a driver’s license. She was issued a citation for driving without a valid driver’s license. Case closed.


Nov. 18


10:58 a.m.

Officer Cooper was dispatched to Broadway for a disturbance. Upon arrival, Officer Cooper made contact with the complainant who stated that at approximately 9:30 a.m. he observed the occupant of a white sailboat with a blue sail cover dump trash into the bay at the Linley Street Moorings. The complainant approached the boat and identified the occupant as a white male 25-30 years old. The complainant states that they exchanged words about the garbage and the man started to wave a gaff pole. At that time, the complainant said he left the area. Marine unit will follow up.


Nov. 19

Traffic violation

9:48 a.m.

Sgt. Schoepfer responded to a camera hit on a driver who had a suspended driver’s license for failure to pay a traffic fine. The suspension became effective on Nov. 13. Sgt. Schoepfer confirmed the violation through DAVID. The vehicle was a brown Ford pickup truck. Sgt. Schoepfer located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at the 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Sgt. Schoepfer made contact with the driver who advised he was the registered owner of the vehicle. Sgt. Schoepfer advised the driver the reason for the traffic stop, he said he had been issued a traffic citation and received notification payment was due. The driver said he had just mailed the payment. Sgt. Schoepfer then verified the driver through dispatch, and the suspension. Sgt. Schoepfer advised the driver that his driver’s license was confirmed suspended. The driver was then issued a criminal citation for driving while driver’s license is suspended. The driver was also issued his court date, time and location. The driver said he would go to the Department of Motor Vehicles and make sure the unpaid ticket was paid. He said he was also going to have his driver’s license reinstated so the issues are fixed before his court date. The driver was then released with the criminal citation. Case closed.


Nov. 18


12:10 p.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to the 400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to trespassing. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt made contact with the complainant who said there were two younger men approximately 10-13 years of age fishing on the golf course property. He said he asked the two boys to leave after telling them they were on private property. The two boys refused to leave. Officer Vogt along with Sgt. Cooper drove to the last location where the boys were seen fishing. Both boys were no longer there of anywhere on the property that they could see. Officer Vogt did driver the roads around the property to see if he could find them, however did not see them. Case closed.



2:56 p.m.

Officer Cooper was dispatched to Cedar St. for vandalism. Upon arrival, Officer Cooper made contact with the complainant who stated that on today’s date at approximately 10 a.m. he heard a loud bang from his yard. At approximately 2:30 p.m. he left his residence to go to the store and found his driver’s side front window had been smashed. A check of the vehicle concluded that nothing had been taken. The complainant stated that he suspects his brother of breaking the window because they are involved in an ongoing court dispute. There were no cameras and no evidence has been found at this time.


Nov. 20


8:53 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to a resort at the 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a disturbance call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the resort employee, who advised that a male guest from one of the rooms was causing a disturbance at the beach bar area and was asked to leave the bar area. The subject was found wandering at the sixth floor hallway. The subject was advised that police officers were called to the scene because he was causing a disturbance. The subject was escorted back to his room and was told by staff not to go back to the bar area. The employee stated that the subject did not make any physical threats of violence towards him or any other employee or customers. The subject did not have any alcoholic beverages in his possession, hardly spoke, but complied to officers request for him to return to his room. Nothing further.

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