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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending October 4, 2019

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

Sept. 13

Traffic violation

12:22 p.m.

Officer Cooper was positioned on the 3500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive with emergency lights activated. At that time, he noticed a white truck pass him without moving over or slowing down. Officer Cooper pulled the driver over to a safe portion of the roadway in front of 4100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Cooper identified him and the man was advised of the reason for the stop and given a written warning. Nothing further.

 

Sept. 14

Public service

1:49 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to the 6900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a complaint of a boat anchored 50 feet off the beach with swimmers nearby. Sgt. Smith contacted the complainant via cell phone and explained to her that there was no violation with the boat being anchored offshore. The complainant understood and had a complaint concerning dogs on the beach. Sgt. Smith advised that we would do extra patrols to address these issues. Case closed.

 

Sept. 21

Burglar alarm

1:35 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Ketch Lane in reference to a residential burglar alarm. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio made an exterior check of the residence which appeared to be normal with no signs of anything suspicious. Officer Puccio then made contact with the homeowner who related that they had heard the alarm go off but didn’t see anyone outside or inside the residence. At that point, Officer Puccio conducted an interior check of the residence which also appeared normal. It appeared to be the wind that caused a cloth hurricane shutter to initiate motion whereby causing the alarm to go off. Nothing further to report.

 

Animal rescue

8:14 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to St. Judes Dr. South in reference to an injured seabird. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt observed a large Osprey sitting in the middle of the roadway. The bird was either injured or sick and had difficulty sitting upright. Officer Vogt picked up the Osprey and placed it in the back of his patrol unit and brought it to Save Our Seabirds. Officer Vogt brought the injured Osprey inside and it was turned over to a staff member.

 

Suspicious person

12:36 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to the beach behind 2800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for the report of four suspicious individuals and a dog on the beach. Officer Vogt also responded to the call. They did not see anything that was suspicious. The dog left the beach. Case clear.

 

Burglar alarm

12:56 p.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to Marbury Lane in reference to a burglar alarm. Dispatch advised the alarm was from the garage and was showing glass break. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt made contact with the homeowner who just pulled into the driveway on his arrival. Officer Vogt stated he had just left the house, through the garage, and must have accidentally set off the alarm. He received a call from the alarm company and turned around. He reset the alarm.

 

Sept. 22

Found iPhone

9:55 a.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to the Longboat Key Police Department for a found Apple IPhone in a blue case. The caller said he found the phone in the bike lane near the intersection of Broadway and Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Smith locate the owner of the phone. A property receipt was completed and the phone was turned over to him.

 

Sept. 23

Found property

9:07 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Ketch Lane for a found property call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the caller who turned in a black belt bag containing a cell phone and eye glasses in a case. The caller stated that he found the belt bag at the southwest corner of the intersection of the Longboat Key Club Road and Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Nazareno was able to make contact with the owner of the property by calling a number from a missed call on the cell phone. The property was returned to the owner at the Police Station and the owner completed and signed a property receipt.

 

Suspicious circumstance

2:45 p.m.

Officer Smith was contacted by Public Works and informed of suspicious activity in Durante Park. Officer Smith was informed that a blue vehicle was backing into a spot and other vehicles are parking very close to the blue vehicle. The occupants of the vehicles pulling in would make contact with the driver and then leaving shortly after. The town employee was not able to provide a vehicle tag. Upon Officer Smith’s arrival in the park, he was unable to locate any vehicles. Officer Smith provided the town employee with the supervisor’s cell phone number. Case closed.

 

Sept. 28

Security check

12:34 a.m.

While conducting a security check at a business and located an unsecured front door. A check of the interior was negative for any signs of forced entry. It appeared as though the door was not locked. Dispatch advised that there were no keyholder for the business. A check throughout the remainder of the shift was negative for anything suspicious.

 

Dog found

8:35 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to the 5100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a found dog without a tag on the resort property. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the Resort Manager, the white female Labrador wandered intot he resort and followed one of the workers into the office. The dog did not appear to be injured and Officer Nazareno was advised by dispatch that Manatee Animal Services will not be responding unless the dog is injured. Backup units canvassed the area and were able to locate the owner. The owner responded to the resort and picked up his dog.

 

Noise disturbance

1:19 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 4600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a noise complaint call regarding construction noise at the property. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno, made contact with the General Manager. The General Manager stated that the person complaining about the noise is currently staying at the resort and they have a permit to work between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Officer Nazareno also responded to the beach area to check the noise level and did not hear any loud construction noise at the beach area behind 4600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Nazareno then responded to the Beach Resort and made contact with the complainant and advised her that the resort has a work permit allowing them to work during the daytime hours and that no violations of Longboat Key Town Ordinance were observed.

 

Public service

3:38 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to the intersection of Broadway and Gulf of Mexico Drive to assist the Fire Department on a service call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno was advised by the Firefighters that an anonymous caller told U.S. Coast Guard that there was a hydraulic leak at the area of Broadway and Gulf of Mexico. Officer Nazareno assisted the Fire Department in checking all the heavy construction equipment and vessels parked at the area but did not find any hydraulic leaks.

 

Traffic violation

7:00 p.m.

Sgt. Schoepfer observed a car run through a pedestrian crosswalk with lights activated and pedestrians waiting to cross. Sgt. Schoepfer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at the 3900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and issued a written warning for the crosswalk violation as she would have had to slam on her brakes to stop. Sgt. Schoepfer cautioned the driver when approaching the pedestrian crosswalks to slow down especially when pedestrians are in the area.

 

Sept. 29

Gopher tortoise

12:35 a.m.

Sgt. Schoepfer responded to Spanish Drive in reference to a gopher tortoise in front of the residence driveway. The gopher tortoise appeared to be in good condition and was moved to a safe location where it would not get hit by a vehicle.

 

Suspicious person

1:13 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to the Publix parking lot for a suspicious person call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the caller at the parking lot who advised that on the afternoon of Sept. 28, 2019 he saw a man sleeping in his car on the Publix parking lot and saw the same man sleeping in the same car parked on aisle two about 20 minutes prior to calling 911. Officer Nazareno then approached the blue Honda Civic which was unoccupied. Officer Nazareno ran the tag through DAVID to identify the registered owner of the vehicle. Officer Nazareno then responded to the Publix and spoke with the managers on duty to inquire if the owner of the vehicle was a Publix employee. Officer Nazareno was advised by one of the managers that one of their employees who is currently on break usually takes a nap outside his Honda Civic during his breaks.

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