On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending July 26, 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 20

Missing person

11:11 a.m.

Officer Nagell while on patrol on North Shore Beach Access was approached by the complainant who advised that he was concerned for his wife as he believed her to be walking back to the hotel. He told Officer Nagell that his wife did not have any medical issues but due to the heat he was concerned. Officer Hodo and Officer Nagell began to search for her. After approximately 30 minutes, Officer Hodo located the woman in the 5800 block on the beach. Officer Nagell notified the husband who responded and picked her up to return her to the hotel.


Noise disturbance

3:06 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol was dispatched to Jewfish Key for a report of loud music coming from a vessel. Upon arrival, Officer Connors observed loud music coming from a boat. He advised the owner of the complaint and the music was lowered without incident. Case closed.


July 21

Noise disturbance

12:19 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a noise complaint regarding a group of approximately 12 individuals talking loudly by the pool area. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno observerd a group of 10 individuals some of them getting into their parked vehicles. Officer Nazareno made contact with the man who stated that they were just leaving after celebrating a birthday party. Officer Nazareno advised the man and the remaining group of the noise complaint and requested the group to keep the noise down at a reasonable level while they were leaving. The group left without any further incident.


Traffic violation

8:05 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer received a camera hit on vehicle registration expiration. Officer Schoepfer verified the expiration through DAVID, the vehicle was a blue Ford utility. Officer Scheofper located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at 5600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Schoepfer made contact with the driver and advised him the vehicle registration had expired in February. The driver said he thought his wife had taken care of it but would correct the tag expiration online. Verbal warning issued.


Traffic violation

9:27 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer received a camera hit on a silver GMC pick up truck where the owner had a suspended driver’s license for failure to pay traffic fines. Officer Schoepfer confirmed the suspension through DAVID. The vehicle was located and Officer Schoepfer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver who was not the registered owner of the vehicle. The registered owner was in the passenger seat and stated he had no idea his driver’s license was suspended. He advised he would take care of the driver’s license issue when eh got home in Orange County. Case closed.


Speeding violation

1:01 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer observed a white BMW overtaking other vehicles on the right side of the road. Officer Schoepfer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver and advised him of the reason for the traffic stop. The driver was issued a written warning for the violation of Overtaking on the Right. The driver’s license was valid with no holds or warrants.


Burglar alarm

1:15 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to the bank in reference to a business alarm. Officer Hodo arrived and checked the business was secured. Officer Hodo also noted that no key holder responded. At this time, Officer Hodo conducted no further investigation.


July 22

Fire alarm

2:41 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Marbury Lane for an activated fire alarm call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the homeowner who stated that it was a false alarm and recently had new batteries installed on her smoke detector. The complainant also stated she initially thought that it was the burglary alarm and called 911, but later saw that it was the smoke detector. No signs of smoke or fire were observed and no damage was reported. The complainant advised that she will contact her alarm company within the next 24 hours to check the alarm system.


Traffic accident

11:12 a.m.

Officer Connors was dispatched to 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a motor vehicle crash in the parking lot. Upon arrival, all parties advised there were no injuries. Officer Connors spoke to the operator of the vehicle who advised that while attempting to backup he struck the driver side rear of the vehicle two. Vehicle two was parked and was driverless. Vehicle exchange paperwork was left with vehicle two, along with officer’s card to contact the police department in regard to the crash. The operator of vehicle one was also given vehicle exchange information.


July 23

Traffic violation

7:54 a.m.

Officer Ascencio while on patrol in the village received a camera hit on a red Ford F-150. It said the driver had a suspended driver’s license. His license was suspended on July 13 for refusing to submit to a breath test during a DUI stop. Officer Ascencio located the vehicle driving on South Longboat Drive and made a traffic stop on Pine Street. The driver stated he knew his license was suspended but “had to get to work.” The driver was checked for warrants and issued a ticket for driving on a suspended license with knowledge. Case closed.


Traffic camera

8:45 a.m.

Officer Ascencio received a hit from the northbound traffic camera at Bay Isles Parkway on a vehicle where the driver had an expired license. Officer Ascencio found the vehicle northbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive and conducted a traffic stop in the 500 block of St. Judes Drive. The driver said he knew his license was expired. He stated his sister worked at the Department of Motor Vehicles but he has been too busy to renew his license and tag. The driver was checked for warrants and issued traffic citation for driving on an expired driver’s license. He was given a verbal warning for the plate.


Suspicious circumstance

12:31 p.m.

Officer Cooper was dispatched to Gulf of Mexico Drive for a suspicious circumstance. Upon arrival, Officer Cooper made contact with the man who resided at Hibiscus Way. The complainant further states that on June 24 he was contacted by the USPS mail carrier and advised there was a dead redfish in his mailbox. The complainant suspects the fish was placed there between June 18 – June 21 by the construction crew that is working next door. There were no other suspicious incidents that occurred before or since the accident. Nothing further to report at this time.


Suspended driver’s license

3:00 p.m.

Officer Ascencio received a notice from the north camera which picked up a vehicle who’s owner had a suspended driver’s license. This was confirmed with NCIC/FCIC and DAVID. The driver was suspended for 12 points in 12 months. The driver stated he was unaware of the status of his driver’s license. He was checked for wants and warrants and issued a citation for driving with a suspended driver’s license.


Property lost

3:10 p.m.

Officer Connors spoke with a part at the Police Department in regard to a lost watch. She advised that she may have lost the watch at the Longboat Key Club. She checked the parking lot area and with management, all with negative results. She described the watch as a ladies, Cartier, white gold with diamonds around the bezel, valued at approximately $20,000. Case closed.


Public service

6:53 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Reclinata Drive in reference to a residence having water issues. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the caller. The complainant stated he was not getting water into his residence so he was calling Public Works for help. Officer Hodo noted that Public Works was responding to the residence in about 30 minutes to check on the issue. No further investigation. Case closed.

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