On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending February 15, 2019

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

Feb. 9

Burglar alarm

4:36 a.m.

Officer Vogt responded to Fair Oaks Lane for a burglar alarm. Upon arrival, dispatch stated it was the rear door open, and also inside motion detector. Officer Vogt arrived in the rear of the residence and observed the homeowners inside. Officer Vogt made contact with the owners who stated the alarm went off for no reason. Everything checked okay and they stated they would contact the alarm company to try and get the alarm repaired.


Feb. 10

2:24 p.m.

Officer Smith responded to Bogey Lane in reference to a suspicious circumstance. Officer Smith arrived on Bogey Lane at the complainant’s property and there were baited traps that didn’t belong to her. The traps were metal with peanut butter used as bait. The traps were small and looked to be used to trap rodents. The homeowners will make arrangements to get rid of the traps. Traps may have been placed by a pest control company at the wrong address. Case clear.


Assist outside agency

4:35 p.m.

Officer Connors was dispatched to the intracoastal waterway in the area of Stickney Point Bridge, for a report of an overturned vessel with people in the water. Upon arrival, Officer Connors spoke with the attendance at the adjacent Siesta Key Marina who advised that the vessel was a personal watercraft that overturned and that the watercraft and all parties were safely onshore. Officer Connors forwarded the information to dispatch and advised that no further police assistance was needed.


Flying drone

5:33 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to a report of a drone flying too close to the building. Upon arrival, he found the person flying the drone. She stated she only took a photo of an apartment and that the people wanted it taken. The drone was not currently flying upon Officer Ascencio’s arrival. The woman said she would fly the drone toward the sunset and then leave.


Feb. 11

Suspicious container

12:52 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Bay Isles Road for a suspicious incident call regarding a plastic looking cylinder tied to a tree in Bicentenial Park next to Town Hall. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno conducted a brief search of the park area with back up units. Sgt. Smith located the suspicious item which Officer Nazareno observed to be an orange medication vial wrapped in gray paper. As the two officers cautiously approached the item, one of the Longboat Key Public Works employees identified the item as a Geocache. The employee also said that participants with the Geocache game log in online and locate similar containers using GPS coordinates. Once the container is located the participant writes their information and code in the log book to prove that they located the container, and then they share their experiences online about the places where they found the containers. Sgt. Smith recovered the vial which contained a log in sheet, pen, coupons and various cards from participants. No further investigation at this time.


Feb. 12

Washed ashore animal

9:18 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to the beach area behind the 3100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regards to a possible dog washed ashore that was deceased. Upon Officer Bergeron’s arrival, it was determined that the animal was a deceased possum. The manager of the building advised that they will have maintenance remove the possum from the beach and dispose of it.



11:44 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to a store for a disturbance call. Upon arrival, he made contact with the store manager and an employee. The manager advised that an unidentified white man started yelling profanities at her when she told him that he could not use the same shipping label for the three boxes that he was trying to ship. The employee said that she called 911, and the subject stated that he was coming back for the manager. The subject was last seen leaving the parking lot in a white Range Rover SUV. The subject was later identified. The manager stated that she did not wish to press charges and completed the Trespass Warning form. Officer Nazareno then responded to the subject’s home and made contact with the man. The man said that he had a verbal disagreement with the manager over the return shipping labels from Amazon and did not have enough labels for the boxes to be shipped back to Amazon. He further stated that he got upset with the employee threw the boxes at the floor and was pointing her fingers at him as he was walking out of the store. Nothing further.



10:11 p.m.

Officer Nagell was approached by the President of a homeowner association who wished to report that he believed the pull station activation was caused by vandalism and wanted to report the incident. Officer Nagell spoke with the Fire Department personnel who told him that the cause of the alarm was pull station 289 floor south. It appeared to have been knocked off the wall. After discussing the findings with the president of the HOA, he agreed that this case as well as others appeared to have been caused by construction workers moving plaster board and other construction materials up the stairwells and was the probable cause of the damage to the pull station. Officer Nagell gave him a case number.

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