On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending October 11, 2019

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

Oct. 1

BB gun

8:58 a.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to 5600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for the report of a suspicious incident. Officer Smith spoke to the complainant who stated that someone shot her window of her beauty salon with a BB gun. The window in question faces the north side of the building. There were five holes consistent with a BB. The complainant had swept up the glass inside the salon prior to his arrival. No other windows were damaged. Officer Smith checked the surrounding buildings and houses on St. Judes Drive, Tarawitt Drive and Jungle Queen Way. Everything was found in order. Case clear pending any further investigative leads.


Noise disturbance

1:30 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Hornblower Lane for a noise complaint call regarding the operation of a lawnmower in violation of the town noise ordinance. Upon arrival, he observed a landscaping crew operating a riding lawnmower and mechanical edging tools on Hornblower Lane which was not currently occupied. Officer Nazareno then made contact with the supervisor of the landscaping company and advised that they were in violation of town ordinance. The landscaping crew complied with the request to stop the work immediately and packed up the equipment. The supervisor was given a verbal warning and was advised of the days and hours in which they could resume the lawn maintenance.


Burglar alarm

4:28 p.m.

Officer Vogt responded to Harbor Cay Lane in reference to a burglar alarm. Dispatch advised the alarm was showing the side garage entry was going off. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt observed an open side garage door. Officer Vogt looked inside the door and observed a white man working on the sprinkler system inside the garage. The man works for a landscaping company and was hired by the homeowner to work on the sprinkler system inside the garage. The man did have the code for the side garage door and was told by the homeowner the alarm would be off. The man had the homeowner’s phone number and was going to call the homeowner to reset the alarm.


Burglar alarm

8:27 p.m.

Officer Puccio while checking a sliding door located in the pool area of a home at Bayou Sound, noticed the door opened approximately two inches and set off the burglar alarm. The sliding door could not be opened any further and was secure. While conducting previous patrol request at the location, Officer Puccio discovered that the north side rear sliding always opens about two inches and is stopped by an inner security lock, however, this time the alarm was tripped. The rest of the residence was secure and the alarm was called in via radio to dispatch. Nothing further to report.


Door open

10:39 p.m.

Officer Puccio while conducting nightly security business checks at the Whitney Beach Plaza, he discovered the rear sliding door to a business unsecured. Upon the discovery, dispatch was contact and notified of the finding. At that time, Officer Puccio and Officer Ascencio made an interior check of the business which all appeared in order and no signs of foul play present. Dispatch attempted to locate a key holder to respond however, met with negative results as no informatioin was on file. Additionally, an unknown amount of tip money was present on the front counter in plain view which was placed under the desk out of sight and a business card left with a police report case number.


Suspicious vehicle

11:22 p.m.

Officer Puccio responded to 6700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a suspicious vehicle in the area. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by the complainant who stated he saw a dark colored vehicle in the area and that two unknown males had walked from the vehicle towards the bay. A check of the area revealed a dark colored Chevrolet Tahoe which belonged to a resident. The complainant verified that this was the vehicle he called about. Officer Puccio informed the complainant as to what he had discovered and that they were residents. Nothing further.


Oct. 2


12:25 a.m.

Officer Ascencio was on patrol in the 7000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive when he observed a black Mazda speeding. Officer Ascencio then paced the vehicle at 50 m.p.h. in a 35 m.p.h. zone. Officer Ascencio then conducted a traffic stop. The driver stated he did not realize he was driving that fast. Officer Ascencio checked the driver for warrants and issued a written warning.


Oct. 5

Boating violation

2:19 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol in the area of Jewfish Key observed a personal water craft operating on plane with an excessive wake in a posted ‘slow speed, minimum wake’ zone. Officer Connors issued the operator a verbal warning and was told about the violation.


Noise disturbance

8:53 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to a noise complaint coming from the area of La Lanaire Drive on Jewfish Key. Upon arrival, across from the complainant location, Officer Puccio could hear music coming from several boats in the water adjacent to that location parked in the water. Additionally, a second caller requested to meet at the Lands End dock and provide further details regarding the complaint. Officer Puccio met with the resident of Lands End who stated this has been occurring since earlier this evening and that the Coast Guard was out in the area. Having no boat in service at the time of the complaint, there was a limited amount of service that could be provided at this time. An attempt to catch the attention of the boaters in question was done via flashlight which appeared to help as three of four boats departed the area and the music was turned down. A request via dispatch to notify Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission was also requested however no units were available in the area. Officer Puccio informed the residents that they would pass the information onto the marine unit who would conduct periodic checks of the area tomorrow while in service. Nothing further.


Oct. 6


9:45 p.m.

Officer Puccio responded to Longboat Club Road in reference to a female patient who had fallen and needed medical assistance. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by Fire Rescue who related they were transporting the female patient to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and required no further assistance from the Police Department. Nothing further.


Oct. 7

Suspicious vehicle

8:12 a.m.

Officer Tillman was dispatched to Birdie Lane for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, the van’s registration belonged to an owner on Bogey Lane. The van was parked legally and the complainant was advised of the situation.


Suspicious circumstance

10:18 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to the 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a suspicious circumstance call in which 73 administration hang up calls were coming from the Public Works Department. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with one of the public works employees and advised him of the outgoing phone calls. The employee stated that he will contact the supervisor and give him the information to contact Frontier to check the phone line.



12:03 p.m.

Officer Nazareno while on patrol observed a vehicle parked on the shoulder of Gulf of Mexico Drive with the hazard lights on. Officer Nazareno then made contact with the driver who advised that she ran out of gas and did not have a gas can. Officer Nazareno was able to obtain a gas can from the Longboat Key Police Station. Officer Nazareno then transported the driver to the gas station and returned her to her vehicle. The motorist was able to start her vehicle without incident. Case closed.


Gun disposal

1:01 p.m.

Officer Tillman was dispatched to 4600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a gun disposal. Officer Tillman spoke with the manager who advised he was an executor of a friend’s estate in which the man had a gun. The man needed assistance in unloading the weapon safely. Officer Tillman assisted in unloading the weapon.

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