On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending December 20, 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. 14


7:04 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Harbourside Drive in reference to a patient needing medical assistance. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by the Fire/Rescue who were attending to the patient and advised they would be transporting to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. They required no further assistance from the Police Department. Nothing further.


Traffic violation

4:08 p.m.

Officer Vogt while on patrol in the 4400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive when he observed a car speeding. Officer Vogt conducted a traffic stop, and the driver stated he did not have his license on him. He said he did have a Florida driver’s license issued to him. Officer Vogt checked his driver’s license status on DAVID and it showed  his driver’s license was suspended on Sept. 29. Officer Vogt issued the driver a citation for driving while license is suspended. He was given a court date for Manatee County Courthouse on Jan. 16. Officer Vogt had the driver sign for the citation and also got a thumb print placed on the back of the citation. The driver did call for his mother to come and drive the vehicle home which she did arrive shortly later. Case closed.


Suspicious circumstance

5:40 p.m.

Officer Connors was dispatched to 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a suspicious aircraft doing circles above. Upon arrival, Officer Connors observed the U.S. Coast Guard aircraft in the area with nothing suspicious. Dispatched confirmed the Coast Guard was in the area.


Public service

6:56 p.m.

Officer Ascencio was dispatched to check the traffic light at Gulf of Mexico Drive and Longboat Club Road. The caller stated the northbound light was not cycling properly. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio watched the light. The light would cycle red and green but the Longboat Club Road was very slow.


Driver’s license suspension

8:58 p.m.

Officer Ascencio while on patrol, received an alert from the northbound camera at Bay Isles Parkway about a vehicle where the owner’s driver’s license was suspended. Officer Ascencio confirmed that the driver’s license was suspended and found the vehicle in the 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Ascencio then initiated a traffic stop. The driver was informed about the status of his license. He asked if it was because he missed a child support payment. This was why his driver’s license was suspended. The driver was informed about the status of his license. The driver was able to phone his mom who came to the scene and drive the vehicle away from the scene. The driver’s license was seized and placed into evidence. Case closed.


Traffic violation

10:45 p.m.

Officer Ascencio was conducting traffic enforcement in the 300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive when he observed a vehicle traveling north at a high rate of speed. The radar confirmed the vehicle’s speed at 52 mph in a 35 mph zone. Officer Ascencio then initiated a traffic stop. The driver did not have a reason for her speed. He was issued a written warning. Case closed.


Dec. 15

Traffic violation

10:14 a.m.

Officer Puccio while running stationary radar observed a vehicle at 55 mph on the radar unit in a 45 mph zone. Officer Puccio initiated a traffic stop in the 2000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive when he made contact with the listed driver. Officer Puccio explained to the man that he was exceeding the speed limit, which he admitted. Upon a check of the man’s information, Officer Puccio issued the man a written warning and released him without incident. Nothing further.



8:09 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to Exeter Drive for an unknown problem. Upon arrival, Officer Smith found the caller had fallen out of bed. Officer Smith had Longboat Key Fire/Rescue respond to the scene to conduct a medical evaluation. The individual was assisted back into bed and she checked out medically. A refusal form was signed. Case clear, nothing further needed.


Dec. 16

Traffic violation

7:38 a.m.

Officer Nagell while traveling northbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive, observed a vehicle passing in the safety lane. Officer Nagell initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. He advised the driver the reason for the stop, and the driver said he was late. Officer Nagell issued a citation for passing in a no passing zone. Officer Nagell explained his options to him as they related to the citation.


Dec. 17

Fire alarm

6:06 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Schooner Lane for an activated residential fire alarm call. Upon arrival, no signs of fire or smoke were observed. Firefighters made contact with the keyholder and advised that a malfunction on the alarm system triggered the alarm.


Expired license plate

1:07 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to 5000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to an expired driver’s license. Officer Schoepfer made contact with the driver who was the son of the registered owner. The son said he would let his father know of his expired driver’s license. Case closed.



7:55 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Gulfside Road for an electrical hazard call involving tree branches in the power lines. Upon arrival, Longboat Key Firefighters advised that FPL was notified. Officer Nazareno remained on scene until FPL crews arrived to cut the branches.

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1 Response for “On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending December 20, 2019”

  1. Donn Seidholz says:

    As we are planning our annual 4 month stay on LBK, my wife is very concerned about the wildlife problem on the island. Last April there were multiple reports of wild, viscous coyotes that were accosting residents visitors. Has there been a solution? In addition, and of more concern, is the proliferation of the noisy and unsanitary flock of peacocks in Longboat village.
    We never had these problems before. What’s next?? Lions, Tigers and Bears???

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