On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending January 4, 2019

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

Dec. 28

Suspicious circumstance

2:54 p.m.

Officer Vogt responded to Ketch Lane in reference to a possible residential burglary. Dispatch advised the caller stated he just returned from vacation and thought someone had broken into his house through the garage. Officer Vogt made contact with the caller and he walked to the garage and showed Officer Vogt where he thought someone may have made entry from his garage. It was a piece of thin plywood used to cover up the access to his garage attic. The storms last week have lifted the plywood up just enough to shift it allowing some of the insulation to fall onto the garage floor. Officer Vogt did go into the attic and did not observe any signs of a burglary. The homeowners also stated their alarm never went off and there were no signs of any foul play inside the house.



4:36 p.m.

Officer Vogt responded to 3900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a rescue. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt found a man lying on the ground in pain, stating his foot had just fell in a hole in the ground at this residence. Longboat Fire/Rescue transported him to the hospital.


Suspicious vehicle

10:31 p.m.

Officer Smith observed a tan Lexus parked next to a ‘No Parking’ sign after 9 p.m. The vehicle was facing west on North Shore Road. Officer Smith observed the owner with his eyes closed while in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Officer Smith radioed in the license plate to dispatch and approached the vehicle. Officer Smith made contact with the driver and advised him that he was illegally parked. The driver stated he would head back to his parent’s house in Bradenton. Officer Smith verbally warned the driver for the parking violation.


Dec. 29

Unsecured boat

10:59 a.m.

Officer Connors responded to a restaurant for a report of a small PVC dock floating in the channel. With the assistance of Officer Bidwell and Officer Bobianski, the dock was towed in and tied off to the seawall adjacent to the restaurant. The dock was approximately 5 feet by 10 feet and tan in color.


Found backpack

3:52 p.m.

Officer Bobianski responded to Bayfront Park Recreation Center for a found children’s backpack. The caller observed a child’s red Minnie Mouse backpack left on the bench inside the large dog park. Officer Bobianski found the backpack on the bench, and observed no children in the area. No contact information found inside but a possible girl’s name written in marker on rear of the backpack. Backpack was placed into evidence.


Suspicious person

4:12 p.m.

Officer Bidwell responded to 2000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a group of people on the beach playing a game of corn-hole and possibly drinking alcoholic beverages. Officer Bidwell located a small group of approximately eight tourists. The group did have alcohol and did not realize that town ordinance prohibited consumption of alcohol on the beach. The group departed the beach without incident and apologized.


Dec. 30

Traffic violation

10:51 a.m.

Officer Vogt while on patrol in the 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive when he observed a vehicle cross the solid yellow line. The vehicle crossed the yellow line causing another car traveling in the opposite direction to brake. Officer Vogt conducted a traffic stop and the driver said he had just pulled onto Gulf of Mexico Drive and may have pulled out a little too fast. Officer Vogt issued the driver a verbal warning.


Dog on beach

1:00 p.m.

Officer Bobianski responded to Longboat Club Road for a dog on the beach complaint. Upon Officer Bobianski’s arrival, he spoke to security at the condominium who stated he did not call. Officers then checked the beach with no sign of any dog. We spoke to several residents who stated they did not observe a dog on the beach.


Dec. 31

Dog rescue

10:41 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 6500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a small black dog being hit by a vehicle. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno observed a small black dog with no obvious signs of life in the grass area next to the bike lane of the northbound lane of the 6500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Nazareno was unable to locate any witnesses to the incident. Officer Nazareno was able to locate the owner of the dog via online tag search on the serial number of the dog’s collar. Officer Nazareno responded to the owner’s residence to inform them of the incident. The owner was transported to the location and recovered his dog.


Jan. 1


11:08 a.m.

Officer Hodo responded to Broadway in reference to vandalism. The complainant said that between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 someone intentionally ran over her mailbox, knocking it completely over. The complainant noted a small amount of damage to the mailbox and this has happened three times already. She stated that this is the first time she has reported the incident to the police. The complainant stated that she is in the process of going through a divorce and suspects it was her ex-husband. The complainant stated that the tire marks looked similar to her ex-husband’s Jeep tires. She did not see anyone run over her mailbox. The complainant made no further comments. Officer Hodo observed that the mailbox had been ran over by an unknown type of vehicle, with visible signs of car tracks. Officer Hodo observed no further evidence at the scene. No further investigation.

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