On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending July 19, 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 12

Fire alarm

12:12 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for an activated fire alarm call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno did not observe any smoke or fire coming from the building. Longboat Key Firefighters located the source of the alarm and determined that it was a false alarm triggered by a system malfunction. Officer Nazareno was released from the scene by the Fire Department.


Emergency welfare check

8:05 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to Wedge Lane in reference to a welfare check. Dispatch advised a young child had dialed 911. Dispatch was able to speak to the child who advised them his mother was okay but wouldn’t put her on the phone. Officer Vogt arrived and made contact with the boy’s mother who had no idea her son called 911. She checked her old phone which she allowed her son to play with and it showed a 911 call. She said she did not know the phone would work because it was not activated. Officer Vogt explained to her even though it’s not activated you can still make 911 calls from it. Everything checked okay and there were no signs of any problems or disturbance at the address.


Structure fire

8:32 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to Putting Green Lane in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt observed some possible fire damage to the corner of the garage doors. Officer Vogt did not observe any smoke but could smell it. Officer Vogt walked over to the side of the garage door which was open and observed an active fire inside the garage. The house was still under construction and there was no one living inside the house or contractors on site to evacuate. Officer Vogt then notified dispatch that this was an active fire in progress. Longboat Key Fire Department showed up and handled the fire. The Longboat Key Fire Chief advised that the County Fire Marshall was called out to investigate the cause of the fire. Officer Vogt observed a work van near the next driveway with a man standing next to it watching the fire. Officer Vogt asked him if he observed anything. He said he arrived to work as an electrician on the house and observed the garage doors possibly having fire damage and smelled smoke. Officer Vogt then called 911 to report it. The electrician works for a company and was an electrical contractor for the residence. The General Contractor of the house was notified. Case closed.


Fire alarm

12:20 p.m.

Officer Connors was dispatched to Longboat Drive to assist Longboat Key Fire Department with an alarm. Upon arrival, Longboat Key Fire advised that the cause of the alarm was due to a past cooking incident and police services were needed.


Missing person

2:03 p.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to 300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a missing person. Dispatch advised a white male left his residence at 10 a.m. to go to Publix at Bay Isles Parkway and has not returned. He was driving a red Buick. Officer Vogt arrived at the Publix shopping center and attempted to locate the vehicle in the parking lot. Officer Vogt was not able to locate the vehicle and proceeded to the caller’s address. The Longboat Key license plate readers were checked to see if the missing person had left the island. It did show him leaving the island and returning at 2:10 p.m. Officer Vogt along with Sgt. Cooper arrived at his residence and spotted the man returning to his residence. He was at his front door getting ready to bring in his groceries. Sgt. Cooper and Officer Vogt helped him bring in his groceries and made sure he made it inside his residence. Dispatch was notified.


Traffic violation

9:40 p.m.

Officer Ascencio was on patrol in the 4100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive when he observed a Honda passing vehicles in a no passing zone. Officer Ascencio then initiated a traffic stop. The driver stated she was in a hurry to pick up her boyfriend from work. Her license was checked and she was clear of warrants. The driver was issued a written warning for the violation. Case closed.


July 13

Turtle code violation

6:22 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to Longboat Key Bridge in reference to an animal problem. Dispatch advised the caller was complaining about the lights being used for construction on the bridge as being bad for the sea turtles. Officer Vogt observed the lights being used, and the lights are approved for the construction on the bridge. Case closed.


Traffic detail

11:28 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to 4200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a traffic detail. Dispatch had called stating that St. Mary’s Church was requesting Longboat Police help assist with traffic for a funeral procession. Officer Vogt arrived and was told the procession would be leaving northbound and would just northbound traffic stopped just long enough for all of the cars to follow. Officer Vogt stopped all northbound traffic until all cars involved were out of the church parking lot.


Suspicious person

3:58 p.m.

Officer Vogt was flagged down by the complainant who advised of a suspicious person. The complainant was staying at a hotel and observed a white male in the corner of the hotel with no shirt on and shorts sitting in the bushes. The complainant stated he appeared suspicious and could not think of why he would be in the bushes. Officer Vogt arrived to the location where the suspicious person was spotted and walked up to see if he could spot anyone. As Officer Vogt was walking in the area he observed a man walking out from the area mentioned and was wearing a t-shirt with the name of the hotel. He said he was working on the sprinklers for the hotel, he was also there with two other men who were working with him on the sprinklers. Officer Vogt checked the area for any other possible suspicious subjects. Officer Vogt did not observe anyone else in the area.


Public service

7:52 p.m.

Sgt. Coffman responded to the address to assist with a wasp nest problem. Upon arrival, Sgt. Coffman met with the complainant who stated she had a nest above her front door and was concerned that she might get stung. She had a can of wasp spray with her. Sgt. Coffman sprayed the nest which appeared to be empty. She was able to go in to her condominium without any problems.


No headlights

10:28 p.m.

Officer Smith observed a black Ford Expedition driving without headlights on, he conducted a traffic stop. The driver stated the vehicle was a rental and was not aware the lights were not on. She was given a verbal warning. Case clear, nothing further.


July 14

Suspicious circumstance

11:47 a.m.

Officer Vogt received a call from dispatch advising they had a caller on the line. Dispatch then connected Officer Vogt to the caller who stated he was a manager of one of the resorts. He said he was calling to ask for special attention to the 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive due to someone possibly sleeping or hiding out behind the shed in the north end of the property closest to Gulf of Mexico Drive. The manager also stated they have been finding pizza boxes, trash, vomit and human feces behind the shed. He believes it may be a homeless person staying behind the shed. Officer Vogt arrived and looked behind the shed and observed vomit and the smell of feces. The resort already had someone clean up the trash. Officer Vogt told the manager that Longboat Police would do an extra patrol ont eh area for a while to see if they observed anyone in the area.


Boating violation

3:18 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol in the area of Sister Key, observed a personal watercraft weaving in and out of a vessel’s wake, known as ‘wake jumping.’ In doing so, Officer Connors also observed the watercraft go outside the channel above the posted ‘slow speed, minimum wake’ manatee zone. Officer Connors conducted a vessel stop and advised the operator the reason for the stop. The operator was unable to produce the watercraft’s registration and failed to display the registration decal on the watercraft. The operator produced a Florida ID stating that he was born after Jan. 1, 1988 which requires a boating safety card. When asked for the operator’s boating safety card he advised he did not have one. Officer Connors issued the operator a citation for failing to have a boating safety card and a verbal warning for the other violations.


Traffic accident

6:04 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to Sand Point Road to take a crash report. Officer Smith met with the driver who stated that on July 13, he backed his vehicle up heading south and struck a tree. This was outside of Building 5 on the condominium private property. The vehicle was a red Impala and had damage to the driver side rear bumper and rear quarter panel. Officer Smith completed a crash report and provided the driver with the case number. The crash was reported 24 hours after it took place and the vehicle had been moved from the scene before Officer Smith’s arrival. Case clear, nothing further.


Dog loose

9:25 p.m.

Officer Smith found a tan lab mix dog in the 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Animal Control was called. As Animal Control arrived, the owner came and claimed the dog. She said the dog had gotten loose during a walk. Case clear, nothing further.



10:25 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded with the Fire Department on a report of juveniles lighting fire on the beach. Upon arrival, no juveniles or fires were located. Officer Ascencio spoke with the caller who stated she thought he juveniles had left. She said she thought they were trying to light a balloon on fire. Case closed.


July 15

Parking violation

12:14 a.m.

Officer Ascencio while on patrol in the 700 block of Broadway when he observed an illegally parked vehicle. The vehicle was parked in a zone where parking is prohibited between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The owner was issued a parking citation. The citation was fixed to the windshield of the vehicle.


Public service

5:33 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Birdie Lane in reference to a person mowing a yard after 5 p.m. Officer Hodo noted in the comments that the caller did not want to meet and she was calling from the street north of the residence. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the lawn company who was repairing a weed eater on a truck. Officer Hodo issued the lawn company a verbal warning regarding the Town Ordinance working hours, at this time, no further investigation is needed.


July 16

Burglar alarm

1:28 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 6100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for an activated residential alarm call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno checked all the exterior sliding doors and windows on the first and second floor which all appeared to be secure and did not observe any signs of forced entry. Officer Nazareno then made contact with the homeowner who advised that she was sleeping on the second floor when the alarm was activated. The activation of the alarm was most likely caused by a faulty sensor. Case closed.


Traffic violation

2:22 a.m.

Officer Bergeron while on patrol, received a notice of a Florida driver’s license suspension. The suspension was due to failure to pay traffic fines on June 24. Officer Bergeron located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Officer Bergeron made contact with the driver and advised him that his license had been suspended for not paying a traffic fine. The driver advised that he had not received a traffic fine and believes there may have been a clerical issue. Officer Bergeron advised the driver that he should have received notice on June 3 regarding an impending suspension. He said that he did not receive a notice. The driver did not have his license and advised that he had left his wallet at the gym earlier. It should be noted that the driver is an Uber driver and had several intoxicated customers in the back seats. Officer Bergeron advised the driver to take care of the issue as soon as possible. He said that he would address it first thing in the morning. Due to the possibility of there being an error and that he had several customers needing to get tot heir locations, a verbal warning was issued. Nothing further.


Bathroom sounds

4:44 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Gunwale Lane in regard to a suspicious noise emanating from the complainant’s bathroom. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron met with the complainant who escorted him to the master bath. The noise was emanating from the toilet tank. Officer Bergeron lifted the tank lid and was able to hear the noise. Officer Bergeron flushed the toilet and the noise stopped. Nothing further.


July 17

Burglar alarm

11:30 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to Publix for a commercial burglar alarm. Two employees were accidentally locked in the building. The manager thought all the employees had left. He had set the alarm and locked the doors. The manager came back and let the employees out and reset the alarm. Case clear, nothing further.


Burglar alarm

12:28 p.m.

Officer Nagell and Officer Bidwell responded to Sabal Cove Lane for a residential burglar alarm. Officer Nagell located an unsecure front door and made a check of the interior of the home. There were no obvious signs of a burglary and the house appeared to be in a neat order. Officer Nagell was unable to lock the home upon exiting and left a business card in the front door. Dispatch advised that no keyholder was listed for the residence. Officer Nagell conducted a close patrol of the residence to see when the homeowner returned. At 2 p.m., dispatch advised that the homeowner was home and reporting that someone had been in the home. Officer Bidwell and Officer Nagell again responded and explained the situation to the homeowner and her caregiver. It appeared that the homeowner failed to lock the front door after getting the mail. Case closed.

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