On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending January 10, 2020


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

Jan. 4

Flooded condominium

3:52 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 4400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a flooded apartment on the first floor. Upon arrival, firefighters located the source of the water from the guest bedroom closet and were able to turn off the main valve. The residents did not report any injuries from the incident. Fire/Rescue was able to contact the maintenance supervisor who responded to the scene.

Duck season

7:24 a.m.

Officer Tillman responded to Grand Bay Boulevard to a report of approximately 15 gunshots. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman could hear gunshots in the distance and was aware that it is duck season and is permitted. Several residents in the area were then informed that it is duck season and they may hear some gunshots in the distance.

Duck season

8:33 a.m.

Officer Tillman responded to Grand Bay Boulevard on a report of several gunshots heard. This was the second call of the same nature in the past hour. Officer Tillman left a voice message with the automated electronic door system explaining to the caller that it was duck season. The guards at the gates were made aware that it was duck season in case future calls arise.

Welfare check

10:24 a.m.

Officer Tillman responded to a welfare check needed at Harbourside Drive. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman was able to locate the boat at the location. He spoke with the subject who was coherent and alert. The man said that everything was good and that he fell about a month ago, but has not fallen since. Officer Tillman called the caller back with the results of the man’s welfare. The caller was the man’s physical therapist and was worried.

Suspicious person

5:30 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to the area of Gulf Bay Road in reference to a suspicious person (solicitor). Upon arrival, Officer Schoepfer BOLOed the area and found the black male subject was gone upon arrival. Officer Schoepfer believed the subject was picked up at the nearby restaurant.

Traffic violation

10:30 p.m.

Officer Smith responded to a report of a vehicle traveling under the speed limit and drifting in and out of the lane of traffic. Officer Smith was able to locate the vehicle in the 3600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and followed the vehicle. The vehicle was traveling 28 mph in a 45 mph zone and was slightly weaving within its own lane of travel. AS the vehicle approached the traffic signal at Bay Isles Parkway, the vehicle passed by the stop bar almost failing to stop. Due to the citizen’s call and his own observation, Officer Smith conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. As he approached the vehicle, he could hear the driver talking loudly to someone on the phone. During Officer Smith’s contact with the driver, he did not smell an odor of alcohol, the driver’s eyes were not blood shot, her speech was not slurred and she was able to locate the requested documentations without delay. Officer Smith asked if she had consumed any alcohol or narcotics and she responded, ‘no.’ Officer Smith informed the driver why he had pulled her over and she stated she was involved in a heated argument with her husband and had not been paying attention to the roadway. Officer Smith made a check of the driver’s license through NCIC/FCIC and the return indicated no wants or warrants. Officer Smith released the driver from the scene and informed her to not drive while arguing with her husband.

Jan. 5


12:27 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Sanctuary Drive for a medical alarm call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the resident who advised that she was asleep and had her hearing aid off when her medical alarm was activated. Paramedics checked the batteries for the alarm to see if it was functioning properly. The resident did not appear to be in distress and did not require any medical attention.


10:13 a.m.

Officer Nagell responded to the area of Buttonwood Drive for a complaint of commercial landscaping taking place after hours. Upon arrival, Officer Nagell met with the contractor who told him that he was trying to get a head start on a job and was unaware of the town ordinance about work on Sunday. The contractor agreed to cease any further work and return during the week to complete the job. Officer Nagell issued him a verbal warning and allowed him to clean up and leave the area.

Suspicious person

11:52 a.m.

Officer Smith while on patrol observed a vehicle pulling a boat trailer. The vehicle pulled into Cannons Marina, a closed business. Officer Smith stopped and made contact with the driver who stated he was there to pick up a 30-foot vessel. He said he was out of Miami and had been hired to pick up the vessel. Officer Smith attempted to make contact with the owner of Cannons Marina and left a voice mail informing him of the situation. Officer Smith made a check of the man through FCIC/NCIC, the return indicated no wants or warrants. Officer Smith requested criminal history for the subject and forwarded the information to Lt. Bourque.

Traffic assistance

11:22 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Spinnaker Lane in reference to a disabled vehicle. Upon arrival, Officer Bergeron made contact with the car’s owner who advised that his left front tire had blown out and he did not have a jack to change the tire. He advised that his girlfriend was en-route to pick him up. The driver advised he would return in the morning to replace the tire. The vehicle is off the roadway, case closed.

Jan. 6

Parking violation

12:22 p.m.

Sgt. Coffman observed several vehicles parked on the east side of Gulf of Mexico Drive across from a construction site. Sgt. Coffman made contact with the owners of the vehicles and explained that they could not park where they currently were. The vehicles were moved while Sgt. Coffman waited.

Property missing

1:33 p.m.

Officer Ascencio was dispatched to North Shore Road on a report of missing property. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio met with the complainant who stated she dropped her vehicle keys in the sand. Officer Ascencio was able to contact OnStar and they sent out a tow truck. Officer Ascencio checked the area on the beach, the complainant’s vehicle but the keys were not located. OnStar arrived and towed the vehicle to the complainant’s home.

Traffic violation

4:47 p.m.

Officer Ascencio received an alert from the camera system about a vehicle heading north where the owner has a suspended driver’s license. A check on FCIC/NCIC found the owner’s license is suspended for failure to pay child support and was suspended on May 28 and the length is indefinite. Officer Ascencio found the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop and the driver stated he had been late on paying his child support and that was probably the reason why it is suspended. He was issued a ticket for the violation. His Florida driver’s license was seized and placed into evidence. He was given a property receipt for the driver’s license. A check on the passenger found that her license was valid and she drove the vehicle from the stop.

Jan. 7

Burglar alarm

9:30 a.m.

Officer Ascencio observed a blue sedan in the driveway that had a maid service painted on both sides. Officer Ascencio conducted a check of the perimeter of the home. All doors and windows were found to be secure. Officer Ascencio then made contact with the cleaners inside the home. They stated they were scheduled to clean the home today and that the owner mistakenly set the alarm code. Officer Ascencio spoke with the owner of the maid service via telephone and they confirmed the appointment.

Suspicious person

6: 09 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Bay Isles Road on a report of a suspicious person in the parking lot. The person was said to be wearing a blue hoodie and blue jeans. Upon arrival of the area, Officer Ascencio located the subject on Gulf of Mexico Drive near a bus stop. The person stated they lived at a condominium nearby and requested a ride home. He stated he was at town hall and that he felt he had made someone feel uncomfortable, so he left. Officer Ascencio gave the subject a ride to his address.


7:50 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to a restaurant in reference to a disturbance of a juvenile riding his bike jumping the curbs. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the complainant. The complainant stated that a regular bicyclist had been jumping the curbs near the restaurant area. The complainant stated the bicyclist had fell and didn’t hurt himself during the jumps, but wanted the police to report the matter only. Officer Hodo noted that the bicyclist was gone upon arrival.  Officer Hodo noted that no crime had occurred and no further investigation was conducted.


8:08 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to 7200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a marine rescue. Officer Hodo noted that a fisherman on the bridge saw a flashing light as if a boat were in distress. Prior to Officer Hodo’s arrival, Fire/Rescue cancelled the call as unfounded. Officer Hodo noted that the channel buoy marker is mistakenly the source of the light from past calls. No further investigation.

Jan. 8


12:12 p.m.

Officer Bergeron while on patrol of the 6900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, observed a large tree service truck parked in the bike lane. There were also tree limbs protruding in the bike lane as well. Officer Bergeron spoke to the service supervisor and advised him of the violations. He promptly moved the truck and limbs from the bike lane. Case closed.

Animal found

2:22 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 1900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a raccoon caught in a trap. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the staff and verified that the animal in the trap was not injured. Officer Nazareno then advised dispatch of the animal’s condition to relay the information to Sarasota County Animal Control. The manager will have the trap serviced by a private trapper. Case closed.

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