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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending September 13, 2019

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

Aug. 27

Public service

1:18 p.m.

Officer Bergeron while traveling southbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive was notified by a citizen that a white male approximately 60 years of age was walking south looking for a bus stop that could transport him to Sarasota. Officer Bergeron located the subject described walking southbound and made contact with him. The subject identified as a white male who stated he was trying to get to Sarasota and asked if there was a bus stop nearby. Officer Bergeron offered to transport the subject to the bus stop adjacent to the Bay Isles Shopping Center which he accepted. The subject was transported and left at the bus stop without incident. The subject was checked via NCIC/FCIC with negative results.

 

Sept. 1

Paddleboarder in distress

3:03 p.m.

Officer Connors was dispatched to the 4500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a paddleboarder in distress. Upon arrival, Officer Connors located the paddleboarder who appeared to be an elite paddleboarder and in no need of assistance. The paddleboarder confirmed that she was not in distress and was in no need of assistance. Officer Connors escorted the paddleboarder to shore due to the approaching thunderstorm without incident.

 

Sept. 3

Abandoned 911 call

8:02 p.m.

Officer Puccio at approximately 8:00 was dispatched to the Four Winds Resort located at Gulf of Mexico Drive regarding an abandoned 911 call coming from the front desk. Upon arrrial, Officer Puccio made contact with the front desk who started he was unaware of the incident but advised that he was all in order and required no further assistance.

 

Sept. 5

Parking violation

7:37 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 1900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a parking complaint in reference to a construction vehicle parked in the middle of the roadway. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno observed a 1995 international dump truck parked on the turn lane in the 1900 block of Gulf of Mexico  Drive and made contact with the driver. The driver was advised that he was illegally parked and had to immediately remove his vehicle from the middle turn lane. The driver immediately complied with his request and was issued a written warning.

 

Parking violation

8:34 a.m.

Officer Bergeron while traveling southbound, observed a semi-tractor trailer flat bed parked in the middle median of the roadway. Officer Bergeron made contact with the driver and advised him to move his vehicle immediately or face an issue of a UTC for improper parking. The man moved his vehicle and left the area.

 

Trailer in median

9:24 a.m.

Officer Bergeron while traveling southbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive, he observed a tractor trailer parked in the center median of the roadway. The driver had just loaded a large fork lift and was about to depart. Officer Bergeron made contact with him and advised him that he was illegally parked and needed to move his vehicle. Officer Bergeron advised him of other options to unload or load other than the roadway. The driver left the area.

 

Sept. 6

Suspicious circumstance

1:00 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to 1100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regards to a suspicious incident. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was advised of a black box marked ‘Poisonous Material’ located on the beach. Officer Puccio located and observed the object and determined it to be a plastic cap to a vehicle battery. Nothing further, case closed.

 

Sept. 7

Disabled vehicle

11:32 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to the 1200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a disabled vehicle. Dispatch advised a disabled car was stopped on the side of the road partially blocking the bike lane. Officer Vogt arrived and observed the car completely blocking the bike lane and very close to the main roadway. Officer Vogt placed his patrol car behind the disabled car with his emergency lights on for safety. Officer Vogt stayed until AAA arrived and toward the car.

 

Public service

8:33 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to a public service call at 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio met the caller who stated the battery on her car had died. She secured the vehicle and Officer Ascencio drove her home to Dream Island Road, she stated she would have the vehicle towed in the morning. Nothing further.

 

Sept. 8

Found Iphone

10:00 a.m.

Officer Vogt while on patrol in the 5200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, observed a cell phone in the roadway. Officer Vogt stopped and picked up the cell phone which was face down in the northbound lane. When Officer Vogt picked up the phone in the front of the cell phone was completely cracked, obviously run over by a car. Officer Vogt turned the phone into a locker to the police departent. The phone was a black iPhone with a back impact case.

 

Suspicious circumstance

10:28 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Bogey Lane in reference to an unknown man in the pool area of the residence who was observed by the homeowners via their cell phone while they were away on vacation. Upon arrival, a check of the residence yielded negative results except a garden hose in the pool running. Officer Puccio made contact with the neighbor who stated he could hear the pool pump making a sucking sound from his residence and decided to add water to the pool. Contact was made with the homeowner via telephone, who stated that they knew the neighbor but didn’t recognize him via the video feed. They advised that they were okay with him adding water to the pool and appreciated his concern.

 

Property damage

9:03 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to a report of damaged property at Longboat Court. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio met with the complainant who stated that the Longboat Key Fire Truck had parked too close to her trash can and the front of the can melted. Officer Ascencio also spoke with the fireman on scene who stated the same thing. The fire truck had been parked there while fire personnel were next store while dealing with a medical rescue. Officer Ascencio observed the green Waste Management trash can in front of the address and the front of the can was melted and had a large hole in front. Case closed.

 

Sept. 10

Found raccoon

12:30 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 1200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a found animal. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the complainant who advised that he found a baby raccoon in the woods. The raccoon did not attempt to bite or harm any human and was reportedly in good condition. The complainant was advised that Sarasota County Animal Control will not respond to pick up the baby raccoon and was advised to release the baby raccoon back to the woods where it was found.

 

Burglar alarm

1:44 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 5000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to an activated alarm. Upon his arrival, it was determined that the pest control company had set off the alarm. Officer Bergeron contacted the owner who advised that they had permission to be on the property. Nothing further.

 

Dog found

8:22 a.m.

Officer Bergeron along with Sgt. Smith responded to Juan Anasco Drive in regard to a found dog. Upon arrival, the caller advised that she observed a white medium sized terrier dog in the area of Gulf of Mexico Drive.

 

Sept. 11

Suspicious circumstance

3:18 p.m.

Officer Puccio responded to Longboat Key Police Department in reference to a suspicious incident which occurred at Bayou Sound. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio met with the complainant who stated he was the residence owner of the said incident location and had just returned from vacation last night when he discovered the fresh water on at his boat dock was turned on and running. The complainant stated that he inquired about the incident with his landscaper who was at the residence and the water was not running at that time. The complainant stated he had made contact with the Longboat Key Public Works about the incident and would be trying to resolve the issue with them regarding the water usage. He further related that nothing else to include in his residence and boat were disturbed. Officer Puccio advised the complainant that he would pass this information onto the night shift patrol and to call back if anything else arises. Nothing further to report.

 

Sept. 12

Found rings

9:34 a.m.

Officer Zunz entered the police department to turn in a pair of matching women’s rings she found on the beach in the morning at the 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive while she was performing turtle patrol duties. The rings were both engraved “para siempre” (“forever”) on the inside. Both rings are of similar design, though one contained diamonds. A small red jewelry case labeled KOD housed the rings. The case and rings will be placed into property locker for safe keeping, nothing further.

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