On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending December 21, 2018

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

Nov. 20

Meteor shower

Officer Nazareno responded to 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a water rescue call. Dispatch advised that flares were seen on the water of Gulf of Mexico. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno was advised by Sgt. Smith that he saw a lantern in the water, but no flares and no vessels or boats were seen in the water. Coast Guard Units were advised. Officer Nazareno was also sent a message via MDT by the dispatcher that Venice Police Department advised him of meteor showers seen on the water, which could have been mistaken for being flares from a distressed vessel. Nothing further.


Dec. 8

Traffic violation

12:21 a.m.

Officer Bergeron while on patrol, observed a Mazda with a driver’s side headlight out. Officer Bergeron activated his emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop. Officer Bergeron made contact with the driver and advised her that the driver side headlight was out. She advised that she had just purchased the vehicle and was unaware of the light being out. She advised she will have the light repaired. The driver was issued a written warning.


Dec. 14


1:16 p.m.

Officer Connors responded to 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to harassing phone calls. Upon arrival, Officer Connors spoke with the complainant who advised that within the last few days, she has been receiving numerous phone calls from her son’s cell phone number. The complainant advised that when she answers the phone, she realizes her son is not on the line and it is a man claiming to be Bradenton Police. The complainant advised that on numerous occasions, the person requested personal information from the complainant, but the complainant hangs up due to a scam. The complainant advised that she contacted her son’s cell company in regard to the incident. Officer Connors advised the complainant to contact the Longboat Key Police with any further information.


Dec. 15

Snake removal

7:55 p.m.

Sgt. Smith responded to Old Compass Road for a report of a possible venomous snake in the garage. Sgt. Smith was met at the location by Officer Ascencio. The officers determined it was not a poisonous snake and were able to remove the snake from the garage.


Property damage

12:04 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to the Linley Street dock on a report of a missing boat. Upon arrival, he met with the owner. The owner stated he was in Port Charlotte all day and when he returned, his eight foot white boat was missing. He stated it was tied off with all the other boats on the shore of Lois and Linley Street. The owner stated that the boat was white with gray tubes on the side. It also had a three horsepower game fisher motor on it. The motor is black in color. There was a storm that pushed through and it is possible that the boat broke free and drifted off. Case is open.


Dec. 16


10:06 p.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a fraud. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt made contact with the complainant who stated he visited the convenience store on Dec. 7 at 10 p.m. He stated he bought some items and now he noticed a $1 pending charge on his credit card posted on Dec. 14. The pending charge is under the name of the mart. He stated he has not contacted his bank and will do so tomorrow. He just wanted to report this in case there is future charges.

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