On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending November 8, 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. 27

Traffic violation

11:25 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to 1900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to an expired driver’s license. The vehicle is a black Ford station wagon. Officer Schoepfer located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver who advised he just found out his driver’s license was expired and was issued a citation. The driver showed a citation he had received. Officer Schoepfer issued a written warning for the violation.


Unsecured boat

2:20 p.m.

Officer Nagell was dispatched to the area of Sisters Key for a report of an unsecured canoe. Officer Nagell advised that dispatch did not have marine patrol available and Officer Nagell said he would forward the information to him via email. The location was given east of Sisters Key.


Oct. 28


12:00 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to 1400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a man needing medical assistance. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by the Fire Rescue who stated that they were transporting him to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and required no further assistance.


Nov. 2

Burglar alarm

10:08 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to 6200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a burglar alarm. Officer Vogt arrived with Sgt. Cooper, the garage door was left open and the door leading inside the house was unlocked. They searched the inside of the house and found no one inside. There were no signs of burglary and Officers were able to secure the garage door upon leaving.



2:21 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to the intersection of Jungle Queen Way and Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to an arching wire due to a blown pole transformer. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by the Fire Rescue who advised Florida Power and Light were en route to the incident location and they required no further assistance from the Police Department. Nothing further.


Excessive wake

3:25 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol in the area of Jewfish Key observed a boat operating on plane with an excessive wake in a ‘slow speed, minimum wake’ zone. Officer Nagell conducted a stop and advised the operator the reason for the stop. The boat operator was unable to produce registration paperwork in hand. The operator was issued a verbal warning and was educated on the wake zone violation and that he shall carry his registration paperwork while underway. Case closed.


Parking violation

9:25 p.m.

Officer Ascencio while on patrol on Lois Avenue observed a black Mercedes illegally parked. The vehicle was parked in an area where parking is forbidden at all times. This was marked by signage. The owner was issued a parking citation and it was placed on the windshield.


Nov. 3

Public service

10:15 p.m.

Sgt. Coffman received a call on a department cell phone from a patient at Sarasota Memorial Hospital requesting Sgt. Coffman make contact at the address with his wife. He had been trying to call her and was unable to reach her. Sgt. Coffman made contact at the address and delivered the message to call her husband.


Nov. 4

Suspicious person

3:25 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Reclinata Drive on a suspicious person. The caller stated a man came to his door around 3 a.m. The caller did not give any description of wish to speak with police. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio conducted a search of the surrounding area and did not see anyone or any vehicles.


Lost watch

9:38 a.m.

Officer Zunz entered the police department lobby to advise of his visiting son’s lost Apple watch. The complainant stated that his son had lost the watch while jogging somewhere along the northern part of Longboat Key on Saturday and as his son flew back home to the UK later in the weekend. The complainant was filing the report on behalf of his son. The watch was an Apple series 3 with a black strap and it cost $425. Nothing further.


Nov. 6

Public service

11:01 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to Bay Isles Parkway in reference to a public service for someone who locked their keys and phone in their vehicle. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt went inside the main entrance to Publix where the caller said they would meet. Officer Vogt was not able to find the caller inside. He drove through the parking lot looking for the caller. Officer Vogt was flagged down shortly after by the caller. He had received a ride to his residence by a friend and had picked up his backup key. After getting dropped back off at Publix Officer Vogt was no longer needed.


Nov. 7

Public service

4:39 a.m.

Officer Smith responded to 4400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a water leak. The leak was coming from a broken pipe underneath the toilet in the bathroom. Water was also coming from the ceiling in the first floor office area to the building. The property manager was notified and was on his way to the building. The water was turned off in one of the units. The owners were aware of the problem. No one was in the other unit. Case clear.


Traffic violation

11:04 a.m.

Officer Puccio while running radar on Gulf of Mexico Drive, observed a driver traveling southbound at a speed of 57 mph in the 45 mph zone. Upon observing the violation, Officer Puccio initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver where he explained the reason for the stop. The driver admitted to his speed and provided all required information. Upon a check of his information which came back valid, a warning was written for the violation. The driver was released without incident. Nothing further.


Red light

9:10 p.m.

Officer Ascencio was conducting traffic enforcement in the 300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive when he observed a vehicle run the red light at Longboat Club Drive. The driver stated he thought the light may have been malfunctioning due to the excessive time he sat at the light. The driver was issued a written warning and released from the traffic stop. Case closed.

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