On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending March 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. 17

Dogs in a car

4:02 p.m.

Sgt. Smith while on patrol, was flagged down by a passer by and informed that there was a parked vehicle with two large dogs inside. Sgt. Smith went to the area of Firehouse Road and observed two dogs inside a 2015 Jeep. Sgt. Smith observed the dogs were not in distress and the vehicles engine and the air conditioning was running. Sgt. Smith reached into the vehicle and the temperature felt cooler than the outside air. There were no signs of animal neglect or mistreatment. Sgt. Smith made a check of the tag and located a registered owner’s name, and the officer returned to the beach area and used patrol units to locate the owner. The owner and Sgt. Smith returned to the vehicle and issued him a warning for leaving a vehicle running while unattended.


Feb. 20

Suspicious circumstance

12:09 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 6700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a suspicious incident call. Upon arrival, he made contact with the complainant who advised that he discovered his front door opened after being gone for five days. Officer Nazareno’s preliminary investigation revealed that the complainant last left the house with his wife and son on Feb. 15 and recalled closing the front door and locking it. The complainant returned on Feb. 19 around noon and noticed his front door opened on his unit located on the second floor. The complainant inventoried his valuables and did not report anything missing. The complainant also reported nothing seemed to be out of place as he looked around the home. No signs of forced entry were observed. The only other keyholder is the maintenance manager. Officer Nazareno spoke with the maintenance manager who advised that he was just re-hired and returned to work on Feb. 18. The manager also advised that he has not been to the complainant’s unit since he started working. Officer Nazareno also spoke to the neighbor on the first floor who advised that she hasn’t seen anyone going upstairs in the last five days. The manager and neighbor were advised to call 911 if they notice any suspicious activity in the area. Nothing further.


Feb. 25

Animal rescue

12:18 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Bay isles Parkway for an animal rescue call involving a possible injured Blue Heron at the Publix parking lot. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno canvassed the parking lot and Suntrust Bank parking lot and was unable to locate the injured bird. Officer Nazareno made contact with someone from Save Our Seabirds and advised her that the bird was no longer in the area at the time the officer arrived.


March 3

Suspicious person

5:11 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to the 100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a suspicious person call involving an adult man and a 12-year-old female fishing under the bridge. The caller did not wish to be contacted. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno observed the man fishing on one end and the female fishing towards the middle of the walkway under the bridge. The female was identified as a 29-year-old and the man was 52-years old. The man stated that an unidentified woman approached him minutes before the officer’s arrival and that he offered to sell her a shark tooth that he found on the beach earlier in the day. Officer Nazareno did not observe any suspicious activity and both individuals were very cooperative. Nothing further, case closed.


March 4

Runaway vehicle

10:28 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Harbourside Drive on a report of a vehicle in the pond near the ninth hole. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio observed the trunk of a 2012 grey Mazda sticking out of the water. The owner was standing on the bank of the pond. He stated that he thought he left the vehicle in park and walked away from it. He said that he turned around the vehicle was rolling into the pond. The vehicle then floated across the pond and came to rest on the northern end of the pond. He said nobody else was in the vehicle. Advanced towing responded and pulled the vehicle out of the water. As the vehicle was pulled, three feet of grass was torn up by the vehicle’s rear tires. The owner of the vehicle was given a case number.


March 6

Wallet missing

2:42 p.m.

Officer Reno while on patrol was flagged down at Bayfront Park by complainant. The complainant explained that he had lost his wallet in the area of the dog park and has been searching for it with no success. He said the last time he knew he had it was about one hour ago, and said he was sure he brought the wallet with him because while he was on the way to the dog park he turned around and went back home to retrieve it as he realized he left it behind. The complainant described the wallet as being brown and containing $200 cash. It also had an American Express card, a Visa card, a Wells Fargo debit card, a social security card and his Virginia driver’s license. The complainant explained that he has retraced his steps multiple times and was not able to locate the wallet. Officer Reno also assisted him in unsuccessfully searching his vehicle. The complainant stated he would take the proper steps to cancel his credit cards and notify his bank of the lost cards. Officer Reno explained that a copy of the report will be available to pick up at the station should he need it. Officer Reno also advised him to check with the front desk at the station in the following days as it might get turned in.

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