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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending November 22, 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. 11

Burglar alarm

4:21 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 5000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for an activated residential alarm call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno and back up units were unable to gain entry into the property due to the walls and not having a gate code on file. The Dispatcher was unable to contact a key holder. All information from this call was passed on to the day shift and a request will be made to conduct a follow up. An email request was made for Officer Zunz to attempt to contact the Owner/Property Manager to obtain a gate code. Case closed.

Nov. 16

Parking violation

2:15 p.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to Broadway in reference to a parking complaint. The complainant was stating that he observed two orange cones at the exit to the parking lot of The Shore. These two cones were not blocking any parking spots and were being used to make sure no vehicles would get hit while pulling out of the parking lot. The complainant stated he was going to have all of the residents place cones in front of their own houses preventing other people from parking in front of their houses. Officer Vogt explained to him that is not allowed and he would be in violation if he does put the cones in approved parking spots. The complainant was not happy with Officer Vogt’s response and stated he was having a meeting with Police Chief Pete Cumming and the town on Monday and he is going to try and get more parking spots taken away from the two restaurants.

Nov. 17

5:19 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to 2500 Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a fire alarm at that location. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by the Fire Department who related that it was a smoke detector that caused the alarm and they required no further assistance from the Longboat Key Police Department. Nothing further to report.

Noise disturbance

12:15 p.m.

Officer Connors and Sgt. Cooper were dispatched to Buttonwood Drive for a report of a noise complaint. The reporting party advised that construction workers were working on a Sunday, which is in violation of the Longboat Key Town Ordinance. Upon arrival, Officer Connors observed two workers on a boom lift, painting the side of the building one with a hand-held roller and the other with a paint sprayer. Officer Connors could also hear the noise of a power saw inside the building, as one of the workers stated that his boss was inside. Officer Connors spoke to the boss, advised him of the complaint as well as the Longboat Key ordinance in regard to Sunday work. The boss and the workers ceased work for the day with no further incident. Case closed.

Nov. 18

Noise disturbance

5:12 a.m.

Officer Ascencio spoke with the complainant who stated the noise was a sewage truck that was at Mar Vista. He also stated the truck had left.  Officer Ascencio passed a large sewage truck leaving the Broadway area while en route to the call. Case closed.

Traffic camera

10:59 a.m.

Officer Nagell received a system hit from the traffic camera located at Bay isles Parkway and Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Nagell located the vehicle in the 200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and initiated a traffic stop. Officer Nagell made contact with the driver who advised that the vehicle was not his but his mother-in-law. Officer Nagell advised the registration was expired.

Public service

7:15 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Hornblower Lane for a public service call to check the safety of a utility worker who was working on the wires in the dark. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno then contacted the caller via cell phone who stated that the utility worker was at the corner of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Hornblower when he left the street approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to Officer Nazareno’s arrival. Officer Nazareno advised the caller that the utility worker was no longer at the location.

Nov. 19

Disturbance

9:44 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Bayport Way in reference to a verbal disturbance. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the caller who stated that a resident came to the office and started an argument about not being able to access their website. The office manager stated that the resident was upset that she could not log onto the homeowner site. The manager said that the resident did not want to leave the office and that’s when she called police. Officer Hodo noted that the resident had walked home and so he contacted the resident. The resident stated that she was attemptint to get another resident’s address who had just passed away so that she could send flowers. The resident stated that she became upset because she had sent some flowers to the wrong address and she just wanted help from the office to get the right address. The resident stated that their homeowner web site was not working properly and that is why she walked to the office. The resident made no further comments. Officer Hodo determined that no crime had been committed, verbal argument only. At this time, no further investigation.

Parking violation

10:26 a.m.

Officer Hodo responded to 2900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to vehicles illegally parked. Officer Hodo noted in the comments that the caller did not want to meet. Officer Hodo arrived and noted that a construction truck was obstructing the view of traffic from Triton Bend. Officer Hodo had the driver of the truck move his vehicle and a verbal warning issued on parking rules. At this time, Officer Hodo had the driver of the truck move his vehicle and a verbal warning issued on parking rules. At this time, Officer Hodo conducted no further investigation. Case closed.

Speeding violation

6:22 p.m.

Captain Skinner while conducting a stationary radar check on Broadway, caught a vehicle registering traveling at 30 mph in a 20 mph zone. Captain Skinner noted there was a consistent steady Doppler tone for the speed of 30 mph, and visually observed the vehicle and estimated its speed at 30 mph. Captain Skinner initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. Captain Skinner explained to the driver that he was in violation of speeding and issued him a citation for the violation.

Nov. 20

Dog barking at squirrels

11:02 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Harbour Oaks Drive in reference to a barking dog call coming from the adjacent residence to the west of that location. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio met with the owner of the dog and related the reason for his contact with him. The owner apologized and stated that his dog was barking at the squirrels in the yard and he would bring him in off the lanai. Nothing further.

Public service

1:28 p.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to Broadway Street in reference to a follow up to a previous auto burglary. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt met with the complainant who works with the maintenance. Department for Longbeach Condomiums. The area he was working on was closest to Broadway and was actually facing the parking lot at Broadway beach access. Officer Vogt stated he heard two very loud banging noises coming from the parking lot. He looked over after hearing the noises and shortly after he observed a white male short black hair, possibly parted to the side, approximately age 18-22 short height, driving a black car. The black car was a newer two door, no tint on windows, hatchback style vehicle, possibly a Honda or a Velostar, the vehicle drove north on Firehouse Road. The witness filled out a witness statement form. Case closed.

Burglar alarm

1:35 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Yardarm Lane in reference to a residential burglar alarm. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by the two listed employees of Owens Electric who were conducting work on the residence and had entered the side garage door which set the alarm off. The worker’s advised that the homeowner had just left prior to Officer Puccio prior to his arrival. A complete exterior check was conducted which appeared normal along with an interior check of the garage door accessed by the two Owen’s employees which also appeared normal. The interior garage door which led into the residence was secure and entry into the main residence was not able to be made. Owens electrical employees attempted to contact the homeowner via telephone however, was only able to leave a voice mail that they would return at a later date to complete the rest of the work. Officer Puccio attempted to secure the side garage door however was unable to do so. Officer Puccio contacted dispatch and requested they advise the alarm company regarding the unsecured side garage door. Nothing further to report.

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