On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending September 20, 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

Civil disturbance

5:47 p.m.

Captain Skinner responded to 2500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a white female arguing with security. Upon arrival, Captain Skinner met with the security officer who stated that a woman had been sitting in a beach chair under one of the club’s canopies. He stated that the woman was confronted and asked to leave because she was not an authorized guest. The security officer said that the woman yelled at him and walked south down the beach. Captain Skinner contacted the woman and she said she was initially upset with the officer’s contact with her and she was yelling that no one would leave her alone. She calmed down and explained that she had sought shelter out of the rain under the canopy when she was confronted. An NCIC/FCIC warrants check on her was negative. She stated that she was living at the Salvation Army in Sarasota. Captain Skinner offered assistance to her with transportation back to the Salvation Army but she refused. The woman refused any assistance. The woman was warned not to trespass on any of the surrounding private properties. Captain Skinner explained to her where the public beach accesses were so she could exit the beach. The security officer stated it was not raining when he confronted her. Case closed.


Sept. 2

Suspicious circumstance

8:44 a.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to 3000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a suspicious incident. The homeowner who was out of town observed a man and woman in her driveway and they were taking items out of her dumpster. She said that her house was under construction and wanted to make sure that the individuals were not taking construction equipment. Upon arrival, Officer Smith met with the man and woman who had taken scrap metal out of the dumpster. It was learned that the man was employed by the contractor of the construction job and was given permission to take the items. Officer Smith called the homeowner and everything checked out. Officer Smith explained to the two individuals that it was a holiday and that they needed to leave and come back when the construction site is open. Both were negative for wants and warrants. Case clear.


Accidental 911

5:48 p.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to 5000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to an abandoned 911. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt made contact with the woman who stated her grandson accidentally dialed 911.


Traffic stop

10:44 p.m.

Officer Ascencio and Officer Puccio received a camera notification regarding a suspended driver’s license traveling northbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Ascencio then confirmed the status of the driver’s license and observed the vehicle approaching northbound in the 1300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Ascencio initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the vehicle’s registered owner and his passenger who was notified as to the status of his driver’s license which he was not aware of. Officer Ascencio then had the passenger drive the vehicle to Bay Isles Parkway. Officer Ascencio informed the driver that his tag would be seized and that his vehicle would have to be towed either through arrangements made by him or a rotation wrecker made by Officer Ascencio. The driver opted to arrange his own tow service via AAA which he did. He was given a property receipt and release of liability form for leaving his car locked and secured at Bay Isles Parkway. A citation for suspended driver’s license without knowledge was issued and both his driver’s license and tag were seized and placed into the evidence locker. Case closed.


Rescue for a fall

2:28 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to 2500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a rescue call for a fall. Officer Hodo arrived and noted that the patient was being transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital Emergency Room for further treatment. No further investigation.


Sept. 3

Public service

2:56 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to Dream Island Road for a report of a road hazard. Upon arrival, there was a concrete box with a broken lid located on the right-of-way on the north side of the street. Longboat Key Public Works was in the area and identified it as Frontier Cable underground box. Cones were put around the box and Public Works

notified Frontier Cable. Case clear, nothing further.


Sept. 4


2:57 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Longboat Club Road in regard to a laceration. Upon arrival, Longboat Key Fire Rescue had the maintenance worker in their unit getting ready for transport. Officer Bergeron spoke to management who advised that the maintenance worker was working with glass and accidentally cut his arm. Worker was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital to have his injury treated. Nothing further.


Jogger fall

7:47 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer was flagged down by a female subject in the 6500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to tripping and falling while jogging. The female jogger requested a ride home to her residence located on Longboat Key. The woman said she tripped and fell while jogging and had a small cut on her forehead. She said she did not require or need EMS services. Officer Schoepfer then transported the woman jogger to her residence. She was lucid and appeared find other than the small cut on her forehead which was bleeding.


Sept. 5


9:24 a.m.

Officer Bergeron while traveling southbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive observed a tractor trailer parked in the center median of the roadway. The driver had just loaded a large forklift 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 thanked the officer and left the area.


Sept. 14

Weaving through traffic

3:13 p.m.

Sgt. Smith while on patrol was flagged down in reference to a vehicle weaving from side to side. Sgt. Smith observed the vehicle and followed the vehicle to the area of 3100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, the vehicle was weaving and traveling at 20 m.p.h. in a 45 m.p.h. zone, and the vehicle traveled into the bike lane. Officer Smith stopped the vehicle to check on the welfare of the driver. She stated she was lost and had been trying to locate an address. Officer Smith observed no signs of impairment with the driver. Sgt. Smith escorted her to the location she was looking for. Case closed.


Traffic violation

7:09 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer while providing another back up unit on a traffic stop, observed a car violating the move over/slow down for emergency vehicles with lights activated law. Officer Schoepfer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver and advised him the reason for the stop. The driver said he did slow down but did not know how slow he should go. Officer Schoepfer advised the driver of the requirements of the law and issued a verbal warning for the violation. Case closed.


Traffic violation

7:30 p.m.

Officer Nagell received a license plate hit indicating an expired registration. Officer Nagell located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Officer Nagell made contact with the registered owner and advised her of the status of his registration. The driver indicated that he was aware that her registration was expired and was just recently released from the hospital.  Officer Nagell issued the woman a written warning for the violation and advised him to correct the issue. Case closed with written warning.


Sept. 15

Mistaken plate

8:48 a.m.

Officer Bergeron received a camera notification in regard to a stolen tag. Officer Bergeron located the vehicle turning into Bay Isles Parkway. Officer Bergeron made contact with the driver and advised her of the reason for the stop. A check of NCIC determined that the tag was reported stolen off a travel trailer in Colorado by the Fort Collins Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 6. After further investigation it appears that the license plate reader was only reading certain numbers and there were two other numbers not listed. The registration and plate were check and verified as belonging to the owner of the vehicle/driver. Officer Bergeron thanked her for her patience. Nothing further.


Sept. 16

Injured bird

9:16 a.m.

Officer Connors observed an injured bird on the side of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The bird was an Ibis and appeared to have been clipped by a passing vehicle and was having trouble walking. Officer Connors was able to retrieve the Ibis and transport it to Save Our Seabirds for rehabilitation. Case closed.

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