On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending March 1, 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. 19


12:07 p.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to the Longboat Key Police Department for a report of attempted fraud and identity theft. Upon arrival, Sgt. Smith was met by the complainant who stated she had just received an email from what looked like came from Best Buy Geek Squad and claiming that she owed $499. The telephone number for her to call was revealed to be a spam number. The email address was given as Geeks.gmail.com. The complainant did not provide any of her personal information to either contact. She was going to notify her bank in case she received any fraudulent charges against her account. The complainant stated she did not have any accounts with Best Buy. Sgt. Smith explained to her that this was a scam and they were trying to gain access to her personal information.


Feb. 26


9:51 a.m.

Officer Reno was dispatched to La Lenaire Drive for a report of a brush fire from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Reno was informed that it appeared the owner of the home extinguished the fire at the direction of the deputy. Officer Reno responded to the location to speak with the man about open burnings being prohibited. Officer Reno explained to him that he would need to speak with the Longboat Key Fire Department before he burned anything in the future. He apologized and explained he took precautions to be safe but was unaware that it was unaware it was something he was not allowed to do. He explained that he would seek approval from the Fire Department before starting any future fires.



5:41 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 1700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a suspicious person call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the caller who advised that two young white males with fishing poles jumped over the bushes and walked towards the beach area. Officer Nazareno then canvassed the property and made contact with the two individuals. Both men stated that their friend lives in the condominium and had fished in the beach area before, but did not have permission to be in the property. The caller verified that the individual mentioned does live in the building. Both individuals were advised that they were trespassing in private property and given a verbal warning.


Feb. 28

Suspicious person

6:21 a.m.

Sgt. Smith responded to 400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for the report of an individual stumbling while he was walking and was close to the roadway. As Sgt. Smith was responding to the call, the complainant stopped him in the police parking lot. He described the individual as being a white man in his thirties, 5’ 6” tall with a thin build and short hair. He said the subject was wearing a button down shirt and blue jeans. The complainant thought the individual may be intoxicated and was concerned he would fall into the roadway. Sgt. Smith checked the area with Officer Vogt but they were unable to locate the individual. Case clear.

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