On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending June 14, 2019

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

June 3


7:34 a.m.

Officer Hodo responded to Harbourside Drive in reference to a rescue call for someone trapped in the elevator. Officer Hodo arrived and was advised by fire rescue that they got the person out without incident. No further investigation.


June 5

Stolen bicycle

1:53 p.m.

Officer Bidwell responded to 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a bicycle theft. Officer Bidwell met the maintenance supervisor upon arrival. The supervisor advised that a black and orange beach bicycle was missing from the bicycle rack underneath the complex in the parking area. There are no security cameras, nor was the bicycle securely locked. The supervisor advised he last saw the bicycle yesterday in the afternoon. Sgt. Cooper advised the bicycle had been recovered last night in the 1600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The supervisor was advised that the bicycle had been placed into the property section of the police department and that he can come to the station to reclaim the bicycle.


June 8

Public service

8:44 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Hibiscus Way in reference to water running in the roadway area from a fire hydrant. Officer Hodo arrived and discovered that the fire hydrant had a meter attached where small drops of water are coming from. Officer Hodo did not see any water in the roadway area and there was no further hazard. At this time, no further investigation.


Dog on beach

11:08 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to 7000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a dog on the beach. Officer Hodo arrived and made contact with the beachgoer who stated that the dog was gone prior to the officer’s arrival. No further investigation.


Suspicious circumstance

7:38 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Harbourside Drive in regard to a complaint of five to ten popping sounds south of this location. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron found the complainant who did not want contact. Officer Bergeron checked the area and did not hear any noise. Popping noise may have been coming from across the bay.


June 9

Abandoned 911 call

7:24 a.m.

Officer Reno made contact with the security guard at 1900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. He said he did not make any phone calls this morning but has heard the fax machine working. He mentioned that in the past this guard house fax machine has made 911 calls and officers have made contact in regard to that. He said he will turn the machine off until a supervisor can look into it.


Broken vehicle

7:40 a.m.

Officer Nagell observed a van on the side of the road with its hood up. Officer Nagell made contact with the owner who advised she was broken down and waiting on a friend to respond and help her. Officer Nagell assisted her with getting the vehicle off the road completely.


Leaf blower noise

8:15 a.m.

Officer Nagell responded to North Shore Road for a complaint of a noisy leaf blower. Upon his arrival, Officer Nagell located a subject who advised that he was using a leaf blower but was done. Officer Nagell advised him of the town ordinance in regard to commercial noise on Sundays. He said he was leaving.


Expired tag

8:35 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to 1900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a vehicle registration expired. Officer Schoepfer confirmed the tag expiration, the vehicle was a black 2010 Acura. Officer Schoepfer located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at 1900 block and made contact with the driver and advised him of the tag expiration. He stated he totally forgot about renewing the tag registration. Officer Schoepfer issued the driver a written warning. Case status closed.


Lost property

10:40 a.m.

Officer Nagell met with the complainant who said that last night she and her husband were walking on the beach when she discovered her cell phone was missing from her pocket. They looked around and were unable to find it. She said that they both went looking again for it this morning and believe that it went out with the high tide. She said that it fell from her pocket when she went to pick something up from the ground and did not notice it missing right away. In her phone case was her Florida driver’s license and a credit card. The complainant wished to make the report in case someone found it.


Dog rescue

3:45 a.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a dog stuck under a bed. Sgt. Smith arrived and lifted the bed up and the owner was able to coax the dog to get up and out from under the bed. The dog had no injuries.


June 10

Suspicious person

1:37 p.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to 400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a suspicious person. Officer Vogt arrived and saw an Hispanic male sitting on a backpack in the corner of the parking lot. Officer Vogt made contact with the man who stated he was homeless and was just walking through the town toward Bradenton. Officer Vogt checked him through dispatch for warrants and he returned clear. He stated he was leaving the area once Officer Vogt returned his driver’s license. Officer Vogt returned his license and he did start walking off the parking lot toward Gulf of Mexico Drive.


Suspicious vehicle

9:06 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to North Shore Road for the report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot that does not belong to the condominium complex. The vehicle was described as a white pickup truck. Officer Smith located the truck and found it unoccupied. Officer Smith was able to find the owner’s son fishing on the bridge. He was warned for parking the vehicle on private property. Officer Smith then moved his truck off the property. Nothing further.


June 11

Found cell phone

7:05 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to 1200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for found property. Upon arrival, the complainant gave Officer Smith a cell phone that he just found on Gulf of Mexico Drive. He said it was in the northbound shoulder of the road. The phone was a black Samsung Galaxy phone in a black Otterbox phone case. A property report was completed and the cell phone was put in evidence for safekeeping. Case clear, nothing further.


June 12

Abandoned 911 call

8:17 a.m.

Officer Nagell responded to Yardarm for a 911 hand up. Once on scene, Officer Nagell met with the complainant who did say he called then hung up accidentally. He was the only one home and everything was fine. He said he initially called in regard to a truck and trailer at the end of his street. There were no violations observed. Case closed.



12:56 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and met with the complainant who related that he and his wife had just arrived from Cocoa Beach when they discovered three kittens inside the engine compartment of their vehicle. The complainant and Officer Nagell were able to successfully remove the kittens which appeared to be only a few weeks old. Sarasota Animal Services responded and took possession of the kittens.


Mistaken identity

4:22 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to 2800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a phoned in complaint of a suspicious person sitting on a bench possibly homeless. Upon arrival, no suspicious person could be located in the area. There were a few subjects waiting for the bus at the Bay Isles Blvd. bus stop. Case closed.


June 13


2:41 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Mistletoe Lane in reference to an activated fire alarm. Upon arrival, Fire Rescue made an attempt to make contact with the homeowner which met with negative results. It appeared no one was at the residence. The residence was checked form the exterior and there was no issue observed. The back lanai did have some type of construction being done. Nothing further.



4:04 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to Mistletoe Lane in reference to a residential alarm. Officer Hodo arrived and made contact with the property manager who had set the alarm off by mistake while trying to secure the front door. At this time, no further investigation.

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