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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending May 17, 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 11

Traffic stop

8:55 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer received a camera hit on an expired driver’s license. The registered owner was the driver of a white Toyota pickup truck. Officer Schoepfer located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop in the 5700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. He made contact with the driver who said he was the registered owner of the vehicle. Officer Schoepfer advised him that his driver’s license had expired on Feb. 21 and he said he had no idea his license had expired but would correct the issue on Monday morning.

 

Lost kayak

1:18 p.m.

Officer Nagell met with the complainant who related that she wanted to know if anyone had found a beige kayak. Officer Nagell told her that no one had turned one in. She continued saying that she left her kayak at the condos kayak/boat ramp last night and believes that it may have floated away due to the heavy rains last evening. She showed Officer Nagell where she had left the unsecured kayak and it appeared that with the  heavy rains and high tide the kayak may have simply floated away. There are other kayaks in the area, however the area located much higher than the high water line where the complainant told the officer where she left hers.

 

Public service

1:37 p.m.

Officer Reno while on patrol in the area of Jewfish Key was hailed on the VHF channel in regards to two men trying to swim from Jewfish Key back to Longboat Key. Officer Reno was able to locate the tired swimmers and get them onto his boat. Officer Reno gave them a ride safely back to shore. They explained that they were from New Jersey and on vacation and did not think it was a far swim to make until the current slowed their progress. They assured Officer Reno they would not attempt to swim across again and thanked him for the aid.

 

May 12

Suspicious vehicle

9:54 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Longboat Club Road in reference to a suspicious vehicle parked on the roadway. Officer Hodo noted that the vehicle was a white color pickup truck. Officer Hodo noted that the caller did not want to meet. Officer Hodo observed the driver was talking to the maintenance employee about some sign work to be performed this coming week. The driver stated that he parked in front of the complex sign, while he was waiting on the maintenance employee to arrive. At this time, no further investigation.

 

Noise disturbance

12:19 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to the 4600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a noise disturbance call. Upon arrival, he made contact with the complainant who advised that a group of young adults from one of the units were being loud. The complainant further advised that he called 911 after he confronted the group to ask them to turn down the noise, and an unidentified woman from the group started yelling at him. Officer Nazareno then made contact with one of the men from the unit who stated that the group went indoors once they learned of the noise complaint. The man was given a verbal warning and advised of the town ordinance. Case closed.

 

May 13

Burglar alarm

12:05 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Harbor Cay Lane for an activated residential alarm call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno checked the exterior doors and windows which all appeared to be secure. No signs of forced entry or foul play were observed. At approximately 6:55 p.m. while conducting a check of Harbor Cay Lane, Officer Nazareno spoke with the resident that lives across who advised that the residents across the street are currently out of town.

 

Public service

12:56 p.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to 5200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a public service. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt met with the caller who stated he has been having an ongoing dispute with a neighbor who shares the same parking lot and driveway as the condominium. The caller stated that the owners of the house that shares the same driveway and parking lot have put in a paver driveway. The caller stated that the driveway pavers go onto the property of the condominium. The driveway fo the condominium is all stone and the house has stone pavers. The caller claims that half of the driveway that has the pavers belongs to the condominium. The caller was requesting that Officer Vogt stand by while he used a pick to pull up all of the pavers back to the condominium property line. There was a property marker near the driveway that did not look like it was put in by a certified company, it looked like someone just hammered it into the ground. Officer Vogt made contact with the homeowner who stated she has been having problems with the caller about the driveway. She has requested that the two of them get a judge to decide where the driveways and parking lots end. She also requested that a Judge give the decision if her driveway paving stones need to be removed and if so how much would have to be removed. Officer Vogt told the caller he needs to contact the planning and zoning board first and then possibly take the matter to court to get a Judge’s decision on this matter being it’s a civil matter.

 

Parking violation

2:12 p.m.

Officer Vogt while on patrol in the 6900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive observed a blue Ford pickup parked illegally on the side of the road. The truck had a landscape trailer attached to the back of the truck and they were both partially blocking the bike lane. Officer Vogt issued the owner a written warning. Case closed.

 

May 14

Parking violation

8:53 a.m.

Officer Vogt observed four vehicle parked along the side of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The vehicles were parked in front of 6000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive which is under construction. The vehicles were parked on the northbound side. The vehicles were blocking the view of vehicles trying to pull out of Dream Island Drive onto Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Vogt talked with the construction crew and explained the problems with them parking there. They all moved their vehicles. Case closed.

 

5:45 p.m.

Officer Vogt was turning around in the parking lot at 4100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive when a white Mercedes Benz pulled up alongside Officer Vogt and handed him a social security card that he found on the ground near the golf course. Officer Vogt checked for the owner of the card through DAVID and found the address and information for the card. The social security card was logged in as found property at the Longboat Key Police Station and placed into evidence.

 

May 15

Noise disturbance

5:46 p.m.

Officer Hodo arrived at Tarawitt Drive in reference to a noise disturbance of a wood chipper running. Officer Hodo arrived and observed a wood chipper but it was not running. Officer Hodo noted in the call that the caller did not want to meet. Officer Hodo advised the work crew of the town ordinance on hours that work can be performed on Longboat Key. No further investigation.

 

Parking violation

9:40 p.m.

Officer Nazareno observed a red Honda illegally parked at the 200 block of North Shore Road with a “No Parking between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.” signs posted. Parking citation was issued to the registered owner and left at the windshield.

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