On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending November 15, 2019

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

Nov. 10

Suspicious circumstance

9:59 a.m.

Officer Nagell while on patrol in North Shore Road, observed a vehicle parked in the beach access parking. Officer Nagell noted a screwdriver in the driver’s side passenger window and an open passenger side door.  A check of the vehicle was negative for any open compartments. Officer Nagell located the owner who returned to the vehicle with Officer Nagell and told him that the screwdriver was placed there to hold the broken window in place. The owner also advised that nothing appeared to have been taken and his passenger had simply forgotten to close the door.

Traffic violation

10:19 a.m.

Officer Nagell while conducting speed enforcement in the Broadway area, observed a vehicle traveling westbound at an estimated speed of 30 mph in a marked 20 mph zone. Officer Nagell activated the Stalker DSR 2X radar unit and obtained a Doppler tone and LED readout consistent with 31 mph. Officer Nagell initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. The driver stated, “You guys really have nothing better to do, I wasn’t speeding.” Officer Nagell issued a written warning for the speed and terminated the stop.

Traffic violation

12:01 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and made contact with the driver and advised him his vehicle tag had expired on April 9. The driver said he had no idea his tag had expired. The driver then went on his phone and paid the new registration fee while on scene. Since the driver paid the registration fee, he was issued a written warning for the tag violation.

Champagne and beer on beach

5:19 p.m.

Officer Smith while on foot patrol of Greer Island, observed a woman taking a drink from a bottle. Officer Smith approached and observed the woman sitting on the beach towel and the bottle of beer behind her next to another bottle. The beer bottle was approximately half full and cool to the touch when he picked it up. Officer Smith asked the woman her age and for identification she stated words to the affect of “I don’t have to give that to you.” Officer Smith asked again for her age and she refused to give it to the officer stating, “ I don’t have to say.” Officer Smith informed the group comprised of three males and three females, alcohol was not allowed on the beach. Officer Smith again asked her for her information and she refused to provide it. Officer Smith asked her to stand up and placed her wrists into restraints. At that time she stated she had the information on her phone and requested to retrieve her property. Officer Smith removed the wrist restraints so that she could retrieve her items and identifying information. The woman then stated her age as 20 years old. During Officer Smith’s encounter with the subjects, he also smelled a moderate odor of burnt marijuana in the vicinity. During the encounter a couple of the subjects had pulled out their phones to record the encounter. Officer Smith escorted the group to his patrol vehicle located on North Shore Road and proceeded to complete a Notice to Appear for violation of Open Alcohol on the Beach and Person Under 21 in Possession of Alcohol. Officer Smith sent a photo of the two open containers that had been located behind the woman to CSI Technician Underhill. The bottles had been emptied of their contents prior to the picture. There were three unopened bottles of beer and an unopened bottle of Champagne no one present claimed ownership. Officer Smith had one of the subjects assist in pouring out the alcoholic beverages. Case closed with arrest.

Nov. 11


12:45 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regards to an elderly man having hallucinations, talking to himself and wandering around the apartment. The caller, prior to arrival, advised dispatch that he had locked himself in his bathroom. Upon Officer Bergeron’s arrival, Fire/Rescue made contact with the complainant who is the man’s daughter. Officer Bergeron asked her where her father was. She pointed towards the kitchen where he was reheating leftovers. Officers made contact and he was not violent or exhibiting any behavior to suggest he would harm himself or others. He was jovial and smiling. The daughter appeared very tired and in need of direction on what she needed to do. She said that her father had been diagnosed with stage four Alzheimer’s approximately six months ago. Fire/Rescue advised her to seek the advice of a physician as soon as possible to assist with medications that he needed to be taking for his Alzheimer’s. She was also advised to seek outpatient services to assist her with his care at home. Sgt. Smith did take a photograph of the man’s driver’s license and placed the information in the patrol room if needed at a later date. Nothing further.

Parking violation

1:04 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Russell Street for a parking complaint. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno observed a gray Acura illegally parked at the corner of Russell Street and Longboat Drive East. A parking citation was issued against all-night parking.

Boat assistance

9:19 a.m.

Officer Vogt while on patrol at Overlook Park, was flagged down by a man for a help with a boat. The man stated he was fishing on his ten foot kayak under the New Pass Bridge. Once he anchored, the boat started to get pulled down by the tide. The anchor must have gotten stuck on something and the current was pulling the boat under the water. The man had to jump out and swim to shore. With the assistance of the police, the marine unit were able to track down the kayak.

Nov. 12

Burglar alarm

7:21 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Putter Lane in reference to a residential burglary alarm. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio made a complete check of the residence was made where the rear side garage door was found unsecured however, the entry door that leads into the residence was secure. All appeared normal and no signs of forced entry were present. A further check of the rest of the residence all appeared in order with no signs of forced entry or foul play. The door found unsecured was unable to be secured. There were signs of landscape work being accomplished at the time of the alarm, however, no workers were present. Nothing further.

Public service

10:50 a.m.

Officer Vogt met with the complainant who stated when he left his house in Michigan before driving to Longboat Key, he stopped at a CVS and was confronted by a female who assisted him in finding his car. While assisting him he felt as if she asked too many personal questions and he now feels this was suspicious. He said a few days ago he believes his personal mail was taken out of his mailbox and that this person may be involved. Officer Vogt explained to the man he would have to report this to his local Police Department in Michigan which he said he was aware. The man just wanted to report this to police in case this woman follows him to Longboat Key and he has any more issues with her.

Animal washes ashore

1:12 p.m.

Officer Connors was on marine patrol when he receieved a call from Mote Marine for a deceased manatee on the east side of Sister Key. Upon arrival, Officer Connors located an adult male manatee, deceased, tucked in the mangroves. Officer Connnors toward the Manatee to the Linley Street boat ramp where it was turned over to Mote Marine. Mote Marine advised that the cause of death was unknown, but did have a propeller strike on its back.

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