On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending May 24, 2019

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

May 18

Traffic violation

10:10 a.m.

Officer Vogt was on patrol in the 7000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive when he observed a car pass him at a high rate of speed. Officer Vogt conducted a traffic stop in the 6900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Vogt issued the driver a written warning for his speed.


Suspicious person

10:43 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to 6000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a suspicious person. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt met with a Hispanic male who was breaking apart the concrete patio in the rear of the house. He had all of his construction equipment on site. He said he is getting paid to break up all the concrete patio and remove it. He was about halfway completed. The house was secure and there were no signs of anything suspicious.


Dog on beach

2:16 p.m.

Officer Bidwell was dispatched to 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive beach in reference to a dog on the beach. Officer Bidwell located the animal and the owner. The dog was not an American with Disabilities Act approved service dog. Officer Bidwell explained to the owner that lacking ADA certification the dog was not allowed on the beach. The owner was unaware of the town ordinance prohibiting animals on the beach and immediately took the dog off the beach.


Beverage violation

3:05 p.m.

Officer Smith while on foot patrol of Greer Island observed two people with open containers of alcohol. Officer Smith had informed them prior to entering onto the beach that no alcohol was allowed per town ordinance. Officer Smith escorted both subjects to his patrol car and issued notices to appear. Both subjects were checked through NCIC/FCIC and the return indicated negative wants and warrants.


Suspicious person

8:52 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Hideaway Bay for a report of suspicious people who were at someone’s door. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio spoke with the caller who stated a male and female were at the door and when the caller stated she would call the police if they didn’t leave, they ran off to the north. She described the female in a blue bikini bathing suit and the man was also in a bathing suit. Officer Ascencio found the two subjects on the patio of Christ Church. They were charging their phones. They stated they had been at the beach all day and then got left behind by their friends. They were checked for warrants and called for an Uber to take them home.


Suspicious person

10:31 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to a call of a suspicious person sitting in front of Hideaway Bay Lane. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio found the man walking down Hideaway Bay. He said he had become separated from his friends and needed to get back to his address. He stated he did not have money or a way to contact his friends. Officer Ascencio offered him a ride to Bradenton Beach which he accepted. He was dropped off at the entrance to the south beach access. Case closed.


May 19

Public service

8:44 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to Bayport Way in reference to a public assist. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt met with the caller who just purchased a new car from a dealership and was not sure what steps she had to do to drive it legally on the road. The vehicle did have a license plate on the back which he ran on DAVID. Officer Vogt explained that the dealership transferred her license plate from her old car to her new one. The dealerhsip did not give her any paperwork, not even the signed contract. Officer Vogt explained to her to contact the dealer to get the proper paperwork that they should have given her prior to leaving the dealership.


Sea turtle entangled

1:22 p.m.

Officer Connors received a call from Mote Marine requesting assistance with a possible entangled turtle. Upon arrival, officers located the small sized turtle in the area of a crab pot and were unsure if the turtle was actually entangled. The turtle appeared to be lethargic and skittish and Mote Marine was unable to net the turtle. After numerous attempts, Mote Marine advised that they would monitor the turtle from the beach. Mote advised they would contact Longboat Key Marine Unit if further assistance was required.


Beverage violation

3:35 p.m.

Officer Bergeron while patrolling the area of Greer Island and observed a family setting up their chairs and umbrella. Officer Bergeron asked the subjects if they had any alcohol in their cooler. The man opened the cooler and there were several unopened Coronas inside (Officer Bergeron did not see any open containers in or around the subjects). Officer Bergeron advised him that alcohol is prohibited on any beach in the town of Longboat Key. Officer Bergeron asked him to remove the alcohol from the beach. The male subject advised that he would and he and his family left Greer Island.


Suspicious vehicle

3:36 a.m.

Officer Ascencio was on patrol when he observed a 1994 grey Honda headed south in the 5600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. As Officer Ascencio pulled out also headed south, the vehicle abruptly turned into 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The vehicle then turned north and pulled into 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. When Officer Ascencio relocated the vehicle, it was parked and nobody was around it. Officer Ascencio ran the license plate and the tag came back not on file. Officer Ascencio then ran the VIN number. The plate that should be on the vehicle was a different number. Officer Ascencio then looked into the vehicle the radio was lying on the passenger floor of the vehicle. The vehicle was damaged on the entire left side and the passenger door handle was also damaged. The damage on the drivers side looked like new damage. Officer Ascencio checked the area and did not see any other property that was damaged. Officer Ascencio conducted a search of the area but was unable to locate the owner. Case closed.


Parking violation

9:31 p.m.

Offficer Ascencio while on patrol on North Shore Road when he observed a parking violation. A black motorcycle was parked in an area where parking is prohibited between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Parking citation was placed on the helmet sitting on the seat of the vehicle. The violation was recorded on the cruiser’s camera system.


May 20

Burglar alarm

4:19 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Dream Island Road for a burglary alarm. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio conducted a check of all doors and windows. All were found to be secure. There was a screen on the back upper floor that was lying on the roof. That window was also secured and no entry could be made through that window due to a bed blocking the inside of the room. Case closed.


May 21


9:57 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to an activated medical alarm. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno and paramedics made entry into one of the units and was advised by the property manager that the resident is not currently staying at that unit. The alarm company advised that it was a false alarm.

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