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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending December 13, 2019

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

Dec. 1

Burglar alarm

8:24 a.m.

Officer Puccio responded to a restaurant in reference to a burglary alarm. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was notified by dispatch that they had received a proper alarm authentication code by the keyholder who related he accidentally set off the alarm.

 

Traffic violation

8:18 p.m.

Officer Ascencio was conducting traffic enforcement in Broadway when he observed a vehicle traveling west at a high rate of speed. The radar confirmed the speed at 32 mph. This was a 20 mph zone, and Officer Ascencio then initiated a traffic stop. The driver stated she did not have her Florida driver’s license with her but provided all of her information, when the driver on NCIC/FCIC she was found to have a suspended driver’s license. Her driver’s license was suspended on Oct. 24 for not attending traffic school. The driver stated that she did go to a traffic school and was unaware of her license status. She was issued a citation for speeding and for driving on a suspended without knowledge. The driver had a friend come and pick her up and drive her away from the scene.

 

Dec. 2

Traffic camera

9:42 a.m.

Officer Nagell received a hit from a camera at the intersection of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Bay Isles Parkway on a Toyota four door. The hit indicated the registration was expired. Officer Nagell confirmed the hit through NCIC and DAVID. Officer Nagell located the vehicle in the 5600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and initiated a traffic stop. Officer Nagell made contact with the driver who advised he was unaware that the registration had expired and that the vehicle was not his but his girlfriend’s. Officer Nagell issued a written warning for the violation and advised him to correct the violation. Case closed with written warning.

 

Traffic violation

11:37 a.m.

Officer Nagell while conducting stationary radar in the 500 block of Broadway Road and observed the vehicle traveling westbound at a high rate of speed and estimated it to be 30 mph in a marked 20 mph. Officer Nagell activated the radar unit and obtained an LED readout consistent with 29 mph on both front and rear antenna. Officer Nagell initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. Upon making contact with the driver, Officer Nagell told him the reason for the stop and the driver said he thought the speed limit was 25 mph. Officer Nagell issued a citation for violating a traffic control device. Officer Nagell explained his options and terminated the stop.

 

Dec. 3

Traffic violation

7:44 a.m.

Officer Nagell while conducting stationary radar in the area of Broadway and observed the vehicle traveling at an estimated 30 mph in a marked 20 mph zone. Officer Nagell activated the front antenna on the radar and obtained an LED readout and Doppler tone consistent with 29 mph. Officer Nagell initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the operator who advised that there was no way that he was speeding. Officer Nagell explained to him that the area is marked 20 mph. Officer Nagell issued a citation for failure to obey a traffic control device, speed limit sign. Officer Nagell explained his options concerning the citation and terminated the stop.

 

Civil disturbance

2:25 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference toa  walk in civil complaint. Officer Hodo contacted the complainant who stated that he went into a verbal contract with a sailing school for several lessons. The complainant stated that he paid for his lesson in advance and received two lessons so far. The complainant stated that as he went to get his third lesson the school advised him that they did not have a sailboat for his lesson. The complainant stated that he has attempted several numerous times to resolve the problem with an employee with negative results. The complainant said that he went to the police station to file a report. Officer Hodo determined that no crime had been committed and conducted no further investigation.

 

Dec. 4

Parking violation

7:58 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to the intersection of Triton Bend and Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to construction vehicles illegally parked at that location. Upon arrival, it was discovered that said construction vehicles were not illegally parked and safely positioned which allowed free access to Gulf of Mexico Drive bike path and sidewalk.

 

Parking violation

10:18 a.m.

Officer Puccio responded to Harbor Point Road in reference to a vehicle that was blocking the caller’s driveway. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by the caller’s husband who related that the vehicle in question had moved and was no longer an issue. He related that the vehicle which his wife called about was doing work at his house and was now parked in his driveway, allowing his wife to depart and make an appointment she had. Nothing further.Public service

1:51 p.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to Jungle Queen Way and met with the caller for verification on his Jeep Wrangler He had the title and registration on hand. Officer Vogt checked the paperwork and verified the VIN number, everything matched. Officer Vogt filled out the proper forms and returned them to the caller.

 

Dec. 5

Rescue

9:44 a.m.

Officer Puccio responded to 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a 91 year old female patient needing medical assistance. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by Fire Rescue who began attending to the female patient until the arrival of the ambulance crew. Fire Rescue advised they would be transporting the woman to Sarasota Memorial and did not require any further assistance from the police.

 

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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