On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending July 12, 2019

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

July 6


12:11 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a report of an unconscious person. Upon his arrival, Longboat Key Fire/Rescue were on scene with the man. He was coherent and conscious. The man advised he had been drinking and passed out. Fire/Rescue cleared the subject. He was staying at the resort and escorted back to his room. Nothing further.


Fire alarm

4:19 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Longboat Club Road North for an activated fire alarm call. Upon arrival, firefighters located the source of the alarm and advised that there was no smoke or fire at the elevator shaft. The residents were allowed to return once the firefighters determined the scene was safe and Officer Nazareno was released from the scene by Longboat Key Fire Department officer.



7:28 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to St. Judes Drive South in reference to a rescue call for an illness. Officer Hodo arrived and noted that the patient was being transported to Blake Memorial Hospital for further treatment. No further investigation.



9:27 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Triton Bend in regard to a report of a grill fire. Upon his arrival, he met with the homeowners. The homeowner advised that he had activated the grill to clean it. Later he discovered that the grill had caught fire underneath the cabinet area. The fire was out upon arrival, and Longboat Key Fire/Rescue responded to evaluate. The homeowner advised that he had complained to the contractor that there were no bottoms installed in the build in grill storage areas. He advised that the contractor did install those bottoms on July 5. It appeared that the bottom that was installed under the grill had possibly ignited by charring that Officer Bergeron observed. Fire/Rescue cleared the call. Homeowner was given a departmental business card and case number.


Suspicious circumstance

10:14 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Longboat Pass Bridge for a suspicious circumstance call regarding 10 individuals walking on the northbound lane on the bridge. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno observed a group fishing on the northbound side of the bridge past the designated area that they are allowed to fish. The group was advised to move to the designated fishing area and advised not to walk on the vehicle lanes on the bridge.


July 7

Parking violation

1:13 a.m.

Officer Nazareno observed a blue Mitsubishi Outlander SUV parked at the 200 block of Broadway with ‘No Parking between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.’ signs posted. Upon closer inspection the vehicle was a Mote Aquarium vehicle and no citation was issued. Case closed.


Reckless driving

8:19 a.m.

Officer Nagell was dispatched to look for a reckless driver in a white mini van that was being followed by the caller. Prior to Officer Nagell’s arrival in the area the van turned off the roadway and the caller stopped following the van. A check of the area was negative for the van. Case closed.



8:33 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 4400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a verbal disturbance. Upon my arrival, Officer Bergeron made contact with the complainant. The complainant advised that her fiancé and her father had got into an argument over how to cook barbeque. The complainant advised that the fiancé was asked to leave, so he left and went back to his residence on the east coast. The complainant advised that her fiancée advised there was no physical contact during the argument. Nothing further.


Public service

11:26 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a public service call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the man who advised that he was from out of town and had no means of looking up information for a cab company to get to the airport. Officer Nazareno assisted the man by requesting a cab company to pick him up and drop him off at the airport. Officer Nazareno remained on scene until the taxicab arrived.


July 8

Animal rescue

9:28 a.m.

Officer Cooper was advised by building maintenance that they believed there were alligators trapped in the storm drain. Officer Cooper listened at the drain for a time and it sounded more like frogs were displaced from the recent rain. Manatee County Sheriff’s Officer Animal Control will be notified when they open at 10 a.m. Nothing further to report.



1:06 p.m.

Officer Vogt responded to 400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a rescue. Upon arrival, the call was handled by Longboat Key Fire/Rescue. The patient was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.


July 9

Security check

8:01 p.m.

Officer Ascencio was conducting a security check of Bay Isles Road when he found the west door unsecured. There weren’t any signs of forced entry. The building was checked and cleared. Nothing appeared to be out of place. Dispatch was able to contact the key holder who came out and secured the building. Case closed.


Suspicious circumstance

9:50 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Bogey Lane on the report of a front door being open. Upon arrival, he found the front door standing open. Officer Ascencio did not see any signs of forced entry and the door was not damaged. The home was cleared and nothing inside the home appeared out of place. There were two vehicles in the garage. The home appeared not to be currently lived in. The home was secured.

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