On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending January 17, 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. 11


12:30 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to 6700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a 77 year old male patient needing medical assistance. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by Longboat Key Fire Rescue who were attending to the male patient and stated they did not need any further assistance from the Longboat Key Police Department. Nothing further.



4:34 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Putting Green Lane in reference to a call for chest pains. Officer Hodo arrived and noted that the patient was being transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital Emergency Room for further treatment.


Suspicious circumstance

1:15 p.m.

Sgt. Coffman responded to Russell Street in reference to a possible burglary in progress. The homeowner is away and was alerted by his ‘ring’ doorbell that someone had entered the residence which he sometimes uses as a rental. He said he observed a white SUV in the driveway and three people entering the front door with a key. They were there only a few minutes and left through the front door. The homeowner believed it may have been a realtor showing the residence to a potential renter. The homeowner wanted to make sure everything appeared secure because he was not expecting anyone at the residence. Sgt. Coffman walked around the property and everything appeared secure. All the doors and windows were closed and locked. Sgt. Coffman made contact with a neighbor across the street who said he saw a well dressed couple pull up in the driveway in a newer white Lincoln Navigator. The couple met another person and then entered the home. He said they were only there for a few minutes before leaving. Sgt. Coffman made contact with the owner via phone. Sgt. Coffman explained to him what he had been told. He believed it was a realtor who showed the house without notifying first. He said he would take up the issue with the realtor. Sgt. Coffman asked the owner about the missing air conditioner unit at the back of the house and said it had been removed previously and been replaced and relocated to the side of the house.



11:26 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Broadway in reference to a verbal disturbance. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the caller who stated that he got into a verbal argument with a coworker at the restaurant at approximately 9:30 p.m. He stated that he called the police to make a report only and to have it on file. The caller made no further comments. Officer Hodo issued the caller a case report number on the incident. Officer Hodo noted that no crime had occurred and conducted no further investigation. Case closed.


Jan. 12


11:33 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to a report of trespasser at 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Upon arrival, the trespasser had left the property.


Boating violation

2:40 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol observed a boat operating on plane with an excessive wake in a posted “slow speed, minimum wake” zone. Officer Connors conducted a vessel stop and advised the operator the reason for the stop. During the stop, Officer Connors conducted a safety check of the vessel and the operator was unable to produce the required safety equipment fire extinguisher. The boat operator had numerous other violations with the vessel in regards to registration numbers, missing paperwork and boaters safety card. Officer Connors issued the operator a verbal warning for those violations but issued the operator in-hand citation for not having the required safety equipment, fire extinguisher.



8:48 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to 4800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a 74 year old male patient needing medical assistance. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by Longboat Key Fire Rescue who were attending to the male patient and stated they did not need any further assistance from the Longboat Key Police Department. Nothing further.


Jan. 13

Noise disturbance

1:14 a.m.

Sgt. Smith was notified by the Longboat Key front desk of a noise complaint called in for Cedar Street. The caller wished to stay anonymous and stated the children were screaming and yelling while in the pool. Sgt. Smith made a check of the area and was unable to locate any noise coming from the area.


Traffic accident

11:55 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to the Publix parking lot for a two vehicle accident. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with both drivers who advised that they were not injured and did not require any medical attention. Driver of vehicle 1 stated that he was backing out of a parking spot when he backed into vehicle 2 which was traveling northbound on the parking lot. Vehicle 1 sustained minor damage on the right side of the rear bumper. The driver of vehicle 2 stated he was traveling northbound on the aisle when vehicle 1 backed into his vehicle. Vehicle 2 sustained minor damage on the driver’s side door and left rear passenger door. The driver of vehicle 1 was found to be at fault and was advised that vehicle 2 had the right of way. Both drivers were given a copy of the Driver Exchange of Information forms. A short form of the Florida Crash Report was completed.



1:25 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer while on patrol responded to 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a medical issue. Upon arrival, Officer Schoepfer found a black female on the ground near her vehicle. Her family said she was having a seizure. Officer Schoepfer stood by with the woman until Longboat Key Rescue arrived to assess the subject. Longboat Key Rescue transported the subject to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for further evaluation.


Jan. 14

Noise disturbance

6:48 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded in regard to a noisy delivery truck. Upon his arrival, he made contact with the driver. The driver promptly turned the truck off. Officer Bergeron advised him concerning the town ordinance.


Property missing

2:59 p.m.

Officer Zunz called to advise he had lost his wallet at some point between lunch at a restaurant and when he returned home to his condominium in the afternoon. He was unsure of the precise contents but he believed it to contain his driver’s license, insurance card, various credit cards and approximately $20 in small bills. Nothing further.


Jan. 15

Injury rescue

3:46 a.m.

Officer Tillman responded to 5700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a 97 year-old patient who had slipped and fell in the bathroom causing some superficial wounds on her arms and legs. The patient was treated at the scene and not transported. There were no signs of any head injury and the patient was aware and alert. Officer Tillman assisted Rescue with the call until a police presence or assistance was no longer needed.


Civil disturbance

4:56 p.m.

Officer Connors was dispatched to 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a past civil disturbance. Upon arrival, Officer Connors spoke to the complainant who advised that within the past few days while she had been out of town, the adjacent property the landscapers had cut/trimmed the sea grape trees that sit on or near the property line. The complainant stated that this wasn’t the first time and notified the management in the past. Officer Connors advised the complainant that the matter was civil and provided her with advice if she wanted to pursue. Officer Connors had negative results in contacting the resort management regarding the complaint. Case closed.


Traffic camera

1:12 p.m.

Officer Ascencio received an alert from the camera at Bay Isles Road south on a vehicle where the owner had a suspended driver’s license and the tag of the vehicle needed to be seized. Officer Ascencio found the vehicle in the 1500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Ascencio was able to make the traffic stop. The driver stated he was unaware of the status of his driver’s license. He did say he missed an insurance payment in December. The driver was checked for a warrant and issued a summons to traffic court. The tag was removed from the vehicle and it and the license was placed into a locker. The vehicle was towed and the driver was then picked up from the scene by a relative.



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