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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending October 25, 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. 19

Fire

8:15 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to Dream Island Road in reference to wires down. Officer Vogt arrived along with the Fire Department. The caller pointed out where he saw the palm tree touch the wires. He stated it smoked for a few seconds then the branch fell to the ground. The Fire Department observed no damage to the wires and cleared the scene. FPL was notified to inspect the wires. Case closed.

 

Unsecured boat

9:05 a.m.

Officer Connors was dispatched to Bayou Circle for a report of a pontoon boat that drifted onto their dock. It was confirmed that the boat belonged to the neighbor who was currently out of town. Officer Connors spoke to the neighbor via cell phone who advised that a caretaker would return the boat to the dock where it drifted from.

 

Public service

10:33 a.m.

Officer Connors was dispatched to 6600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a sewer line backup. Upon arrival, Officer Connors spoke to thehomeowner and the plumber who advised that the issue appeared to be on the town end and requested that public works respond. Dispatch advised that they notified the on call public works and were responding.

 

Suspicious circumstance

11:18 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to Pine Street in reference to a suspicious incident. Dispatch advised the call came in as bullet holes in the side of the house. Officer Vogt arrived and met with the caller who stated he watches the house for the owners. Yesterday he stated he did not notice the holes. When Officer Vogt came to inspect the house after the storms, he noticed approximately five holes in the wall in the front of the house and the garage. At first it appeared to possibly be bullet holes but with further investigation it appeared to be some of the rebar used during the construction of the concrete wall and garage. The caller even tried to pry the one visible piece of metal out to see if it was a bullet, but it would not come out as it appeared to be the rebar in the wall. Possibly with the rain and wind it helped the few spots where the concrete was over the rebar to fall off.

 

Public service

12:49 p.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to 300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a public service. Dispatch advised someone called in about a channel marker that broke loose in the Bay. Officer Vogt observed a small white marker loose in the water and dispatch said they would advised the Coast Guard to investigate later. Case closed.

 

Animal or windshield stripping

2:14 p.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to an animal problem. Dispatch advised there was a snake in the caller’s car dashboard. Officer Vogt made contact with the caller who walked with Officer Vogt to the parking lot. She opened her car and told Officer Vogt where she last saw the snake, which was up near her windshield. Officer Vogt looked and quickly realized it was a piece of the sealant that goes between the windshield during installation. It did look like a part of a snake coming out which scared the driver. Officer Vogt pushed the piece back in so it could not be confused for a snake later.

 

Oct. 20

Traffic violation

7:57 a.m.

Officer Vogt while on patrol noticed a vehicle pass him by at a high rate of speed. Officer Vogt conducted a traffic stop and checked the status of the driver and issued him a written warning for his speed.

 

Illness

7:48 p.m.

Sgt. Coffman responded to the beach access for a patient who was not feeling well on the beach. Upon arrival, Fire Rescue had the patient already in the ambulance and was preparing her for transport. Sgt. Coffman was released from the scene.

 

Speeding

8:40 p.m.

Officer Ascencio was conducting traffic enforcement in the 500 block of Broadway when he observed a vehicle driving west at a high rate of speed. The hand held radar confirmed the speed at 30 mph in a 20 mph zone. Officer Ascencio then initiated a traffic stop. The driver stated he did not think he was speeding, although he stated he did not know what the speed limit was. He was issued a traffic citation for speeding.

 

Oct. 21

Suspicious vehicle

11:06 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Gunwale Lane in reference to a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a construction site. Officer Hodo arrived and made contact with the food truck driver. Officer Hodo issued the driver a verbal warning on town ordinance, and the vehicle left the area.

 

Suspicious circumstance

11:31 a.m.

Officer Hodo responded to Harbour Oaks Drive in reference to a suspicious circumstances of a front door found open. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the caller. The caller stated that he came home and discovered that his front door was partially open. The caller stated that a management company was installing front doors on all of the units in his subdivision and possibly forgot to close his door. The caller stated that there was nothing missing or moved from his residence. The caller stated that he just wanted to make a police report. Officer Hodo observed the front door and did not see any signs of tampering.

 

Parking violation

11:53 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer observed a vehicle transport tractor-trailer parked on northbound side of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The driver of the vehicle transport was attempting to unload a vehicle. Officer Schoepfer pulled in behind the vehicle transport and turned on the emergency lights for traffic control. Officer Schoepfer then made contact with the vehicle transport driver who said he was told by the vehicle owner to park at that location to deliver the owner’s vehicle. The transport driver said the vehicle owner told him he has had his vehicle delivered this way for 13 years. Officer Schoepfer advised the transport vehicle driver that he can no longer park his vehicle on Gulf of Mexico Drive to make deliveries. Officer Schoepfer provided alternatives to the driver. Officer Schoepfer provided traffic control until the transport left. The driver said he would meet the vehicle owner by Bay Isles Parkway.

 

Oct. 23

Suspicious circumstance

11:20 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a suspicious circumstance. Officer Vogt arrived and spoke to the complainant who stated she was at Octoberfest in Sarasota on Sunday and had a white man taking pictures of her and her friends. She was told by a passerby that the white male was taking pictures. She stated they walked away from him and did not see him again. On this date, she was shopping at Publix on Longboat Key and while she was walking towards her parked car she observed a white Hyundai Sonata pass her with a white man looking at her with his window down. She stated the car pulled up next to her parked car and when she approached the car she believes he was taking pictures of her. She went in her car and drove off and stated the suspicious car did not follow her. She stated this was not the same white man that took pictures of her and her friends in Sarasota on Sunday. She wanted to report the incident because it seemed suspicious that in a matter of four days she had someone taking pictures of her twice. She said the car was a white Hyundai with an older white male driver. He had gray hair and blue eyes and a burgundy phone case. Officer Vogt explained that it was not illegal to take pictures of someone in public. She stated she figured that but still wished to make a report in case this continued. She was given a case card.

 

Property damage

1:34 p.m.

Officer Vogt met with the complainant who stated his neighbor had witnesses a white truck with a trailer drive on his grass in the front of his house. The truck also turned around in his driveway and while doing this ran over a portion of the island, damaging some plants. This action caused damage to the grass and the plants. The complainant estimated the damage to be approximately $200 – $300. The truck seen driving on the grass was a white box style truck. The truck was pulling a trailer behind it. The complainant stated the house where the construction work is being performed is on Penfield St. He stated this is an ongoing issue and he has tried to talk to the contractors before. The last time it happened no one was observing doing it. This time a neighbor was able to photograph the truck that did it before they drove off. The complainant stated the damage occurred yesterday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Officer Vogt asked the complainant to email the photos of the truck and of the damage to the plants and grass and the witness information.

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