On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending March 22, 2019

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

March 15

Missing property

2:29 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive by a man who needed assistance to attempt to locate his lost keys at the beach area. The complainant advised that he lost his key fob for his pickup truck sometime between 11:30 and 2:29 p.m. at the beach area. The key fob was last placed in the left pocket of his swimming shorts. Officer Nazareno then contacted Public Works and was able to obtain a metal detector to search the area where the complainant and his family walked. The complainant and Officer Nazareno were unable to locate the lost key fob and the complainant made arrangements for his family to be picked up and also made tow arrangements for his vehicle.


Civil disturbance

2:37 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Russell Street in regard to a civil dispute concerning vehicle ownership. Upon his arrival, he met with the complainant. The complainant advised that her husband who recently passed away, owned the three cars in question: a Cobra, Morgan and Austin-Healy. The complainant advised that he had a business relationship with a man who picked up his vehicles from time to time and did mechanical work. The complainant advised that the cars in question were given to the man to sell which he would retain 10 percent of the sales price. After the complainant’s husband passed away, the complainant went to look at the vehicles that are stored by the man. The complainant, to her surprise was told by the man that the husband gave him the cars to help him start his business. The complainant believed that her husband who was in a health care facility and suffered from dementia would not have been able to make such a decision. Sgt. Smith contacted the man via cell phone to get his side of the story, but the man said that any correspondence should be done through his attorney in this matter. The complainant was advised that this is a civil matter at this time and to seek the advice of an attorney.


Unsecured boat

3:09 p.m.

Officer Reno while on patrol overheard traffic on the VHF in regards to a partially submerged adrift vessel. Officer Reno was able to locate the vessel offshore at about the 6000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Reno contacted Sea Tow who explained that the vessel that was being towed to the 10th Street boat ramp. Sea Tow asked if he could assist them and tow the vessel in until a Sea Tow member was able to leave 10th Street to recover the vessel. Officer Reno “hip tied” the vessel to his vessel positioning it along the fenders. Officer Reno met with Sea Tow in the Intracoastal Waterway near Sisters Key to turn it over to them.


Beverage violation

3:35 p.m.

Captain Skinner responded to Greer Island for a couple in possession of open alcohol while at the public beach. Captain Skinner escorted the subjects back to North Shore Road and issued both subjects a Notice to Appear for violation of Town Ordinance 92.03.


Beverage violation

4:16 p.m.

Officer Bergeron while on patrol in Greer Island, observed a white female subject in possession of an alcoholic beverage in violation of ordinance 92.03. The woman was escorted off Greer Island where she was issued a notice to appear with a  court date of April 16. The beverage was photographed by Sgt. Smith and sent to police department.


Car back up

5:06 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Broadway in regard to a report of a white sedan blocking the intersection as well as the driver appearing ill. Upon arrival, Officer Bergeron checked the area and was unable to find the vehicle. It should be noted the traffic northbound was moving very slowly and backed up. Longboat Key Fire Rescue responded and was unable to locate the vehicle as well.


Public service

5:45 p.m.

Officer Reno was dispatched to a marine rescue in the area of mid key on the Sarasota Bay side for an overturned vessel. Officer Reno asked dispatch to check with the caller as there is a sailboat that has been overturned in the same area for months. Dispatch advised that the caller was unsure of what kind of boat it was. Officer Reno checked the area along with the Fire Department. The only vessel was located and overturned was the sailing vessel. Officer Reno called the complainant back to confirm the location and it was determined that this was the vessel that he called about.


March 16


6:37 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Channel Lane in regards to a rescue call. Upon arrival, Fire/Rescue were working on the male subject. While Fire/Rescue were working on the patient, Officer Bergeron spoke to his wife and asked her what had happened. She advised that she woke up and it appeared her husband was not breathing. Officer Bergeron asked her if he had any health issues. She said he is in relatively good health. She advised that they did go on a kayak trip the previous day and he did complain about his legs being numb or tingly. After stabilizing the patient, he was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.



7:33 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 2100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to an activated medical alarm. Upon arrival, Officer Bergeron and Fire Rescue entered the residence and found a female subject that had fallen. The woman was not injured and required assistance into her wheelchair. Nothing further.

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