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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending December 6, 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. 30

Suspicious vehicle

7:53 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Bay Isles Road in reference to a suspicious vehicle parked by the ARM described as a newer white sedan with an unknown subject inside. Upon arrival, a complete check of the area was conducted by Officer Puccio and Officer Vogt which met with negative results. Additionally, at the direction of Sgt. Cooper, all ATMs in the area were checked for potential tampering and skimming devices which also met with negative results.

 

Public service

11:45 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and met with the complainant who stated there was a younger teenager that had been riding his bike on the sidewalk in front of the stores. She was concerned he may hit someone who was walking on the sidewalks. She said the town should build something for the younger kids to play/ride on at one of the parks because there is plenty of room and this might help keep the younger kids from riding their bikes near the shops. Officer Vogt told her that he was only aware of plans for pickle ball courts at the parks.

 

Boating violations

12:45 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol with Sarasota Police Department and Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit in the area of New Pass, observed a vessel operating at a high rate of speed, on place with an excessive wake in an ‘idle speed, no wake zone.’ As Sarasota Police marine unit caught up to the vessel which was now out of sight of Sarasota Sheriff’s Office and Longboat Marine Unit, Officers requested backup from all marine units and area land units. Upon arrival, officers were advised that the operator of the vessel was not cooperative and failed to obey lawful commands. During a safety inspection of the vessel, the operator was unable to produce a type IV throwable device and two fire extinguishers, both of which are required for the type of vessel. Marine Officer Skinner conducted the investigation resulting in numerous citations. Case closed.

 

Dec. 1

Parking violation

1:20 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol in the area of the Linley Street boat ramp, observed a car parked in a restricted/prohibited parking area. Due to no video recording a photo of the violation was taken with the department cell phone camera and a parking ticket was issued.

 

Assist with phone service

4:57 p.m.

Officer Puccio responded to 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to assisting an elderly citizen who had lost phone capability at their residence at Bayview Drive. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio met the caller who related they had lost their home telephone as it was not working either in receiving or making calls. The caller advised he had service with Frontier Communications which Officer Puccio contacted for him and set up service for Dec. 3. The caller requested that the police department do periodic checks of he and his wife as he is disabled and would not be able to summon for assistance if needed. Officer Puccio assured him that he would pass this information and his request to upcoming shifts until his service date. Nothing further.

 

Dec. 3

Property damage

9:02 a.m.

Officer Hodo responded to a walk in complaint of property damage. Officer Hodo contacted the owner of the parked vehicle. The complainant said he sustained property damage to his vehicle in the parking lot at Harbourside Drive. Officer Hodo noted due to the time lapse, he was unable to substantiate the validity on how the damage occurred. No further investigation.

 

Traffic violation

9:25 a.m.

Officer Nagell responded to 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive was acting as a backup officer on a traffic stop and observed another vehicle traveling southbound at a high rate of speed and not slowing for the police emergency lights. Officer Nagell used radar unit and obtained a reading of 40 mph. He initiated a traffic stop for violation of Move Over law and issued a verbal warning for the violation.

 

Suspicious circumstance

10:15 a.m.

Officer Hodo responded to 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a suspicious incident. Officer Hodo contacted the complainant who stated he was driving southbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive and that he was attempting to turn left into St. Mary’s, and an unidentified person that was driving passed him in the same direction and threw some red beans onto his vehicle windshield. The man stated that he did not see the person, just his arm. The caller stated that the vehicle was a red, older model pickup truck pulling a wood chipper. The complainant said that his car did not have any damage as he washed the beans off the vehicle. The caller stated he did not provoke any incident at the time. He said he just wanted to make a police report. No further comments. No further investigation.

 

Dec. 4

Traffic violation

1:46 p.m.

Officer Puccio while monitoring traffic received a suspended revoked driver’s license alert on the camera system. The owner of a vehicle had a suspended Florida Driver’s license, and Officer Puccio initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. Officer Puccio explained to the driver the reason for the stop and inquired about the status of his driver’s license. The man advised he had no knowledge that his driver’s license was suspended. Officer Puccio retrieved the driver’s license and validated the suspended status which revealed a Failure to pay traffic fine on Sept. 9. Officer Puccio made contact with the driver and advised him that his driver’s license was in fact suspended and issued him a citation for driving while license suspended without knowledge. He was issued a citation and a court date. The driver’s vehicle was turned over to his passenger who had a valid driver’s license to drive home.

 

Dec. 5

Suspicious circumstance

10:18 a.m.

Officer Puccio while on patrol with Sgt. Cooper discovered the garage door located at Hideaway Drive was off the track and ajar. Sgt. Cooper checked the situation to ascertain if a crime had occurred. Upon arrival, a check of the incident location revealed that work was being done by a remodeling service. One of the workers on the project related that he caused the issue with the garage door this morning and notified the homeowner of the problem. He advised that a garage door technician would be out to conduct a repair. Nothing further.

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