On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending January 24, 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. 19

Bicycle collision

12:30 p.m.

Sgt. Smith while on patrol, observed two male subjects in the 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on the side of the road. Sgt. Smith made contact and they indicated they had been traveling south on Gulf of Mexico Drive on their bicycles and two women had crossed Gulf of Mexico Drive in front of them. To avoid striking them, one of the men said he stopped rapidly causing his friend to crash into the back of his bicycle. Both parties declined medical treatment. One of the men asked if there was somewhere he could secure the bicycles so he could take an Uber to his hotel to retrieve his vehicle. Sgt. Smith informed him they could secure the bicycles at the police department until his return. One Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m., the man returned to retrieve his bicycles.

Mustang swerving

6:04 p.m.

Officer Nazareno was dispatched to a reckless driver call at the 900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The caller reported a red Ford Mustang swerving into oncoming traffic traveling southbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive. At 6:06 p.m., Officer Nazareno was advised by dispatch that the vehicle was continuing southbound on the New Pass Bridge toward Ken Thompson Parkway which was out of jurisdiction. Sarasota Police Department was given the description of the vehicle on the radio. Officer Nazareno arrived at the dispatched area at 6:08 p.m. and both the caller and suspect vehicle were no longer on scene.

Jan. 20

Security check

12:55 a.m.

Officer Puccio while conducting nightly security business checks, Officer Puccio discovered the rear north side door unsecured. Upon the arrival of Sgt. Cooper, a complete interior and exterior check of the business was made which all appeared normal with no signs of foul play present. An attempt to secure the rear door met with negative results whereby a business card with an agency report number was left on the desk of the front receptionist. Nothing further to report.

Noise disturbance

9:05 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to a call at Buttonwood Drive. The caller was concerned that people were running a bulldozer under an eagle’s nest. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio observed a yellow bulldozer parked in front of the residence with nobody around it. Officer Ascencio did find workers from Southern Most Pools working in the backyard. Officer Ascencio informed them that it was a holiday and they would have to cease work for the day.

Jan. 21

Water leak

1:28 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Harbour Oaks Drive in reference to a 90 year old woman needing assistance with a water leak in her residence. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by the Longboat Key Fire Rescue who related it was a malfunctioning toilet and that they needed no further assistance from Longboat Key Police.


9:32 a.m.

Sgt. Coffman responded to 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a fire alarm. While en route it was updated to a structure fire. Upon arrival, Sgt. Coffman was informed by the Fire Department that there was some smoke in an elevator shaft but a fire could not be locate. No evacuations were done and no one was injured.


10:30 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Dream Island Road for an elevator rescue call with two occupants trapped inside a malfunctioning elevator. Upon arrival, Longboat Key Firefighters located the elevator and were able to rescue the two occupants trapped. No injuries were reported on scene.

Traffic violation

1:31 p.m.

Officer Connors was dispatched to the 3300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a parking complaint. Upon arrival, Officer Connors observed approximately five work-style pickup trucks parked on the right of way grass. Officer Connors advised the workers to move some of the vehicles to a different area due to the complaint. The vehicles were moved .

Fire alarm

9:38 p.m.

Officer Puccio responded to Pine Street in reference to a fire alarm. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by Longboat Key Fire Rescue who related it was all in order and the alarm was due to a fireplace being used and they required no further assistance from the police.

Jan. 22

Public service

6:31 a.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to Gulf of Mexico Drive and De Narvaez Drive for a report of a water leak. Sgt. Smith sent a video of the leak to the Public Works on call and they arrived on scene. Sgt. Smith made a check of the area and located the water leak. Sgt. Smith sent a video of the leak to Public Works on call and then arrived on scene to turn off the water. Sgt. Smith made contact with the caller and he said he had already left a message with the building homeowner.


12:50 p.m.

Officer Nazareno was flagged down by a motorist in front of 4500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a disabled vehicle. The motorist advised that the gray Kia was a rental vehicle and could not locate the spare tire. Officer Nazareno assisted the motorist and found that the vehicle did not have a spare tire. Officer Nazareno then looked up the phone number for the nearest Avis Rental Center. The motorist contacted Avis Rental Customer Service and requested a tow truck to the location. The vehicle did not impede traffic.

Jan. 23

Parking violation

11:09 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Triton Bend and Gulf of Mexico Drive for a parking complaint. The caller stated that construction vehicles parked near the intersection was obstructing the view for the drivers turning from Triton Bend into Gulf of Mexico Drive. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the construction company supervisor and requested that the vehicles be moved from the location. The vehicles were immediately moved from the location. The vehicles were immediately moved upon request and the drivers were given a verbal warning.

Dog on the beach

4:35 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to the 2200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a dog on the beach. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno canvassed the beach area but was unable to locate the dog and the owner. The maintenance supervisor of the condominium stated he did not see the dog on the beach prior to the officer’s arrival.

Noise disturbance

6:30 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Harborside Drive for a noise disturbance call in reference to loud music coming from the location. Upon arrival, numerous tenants advised of the constant loud music being played throughout the day from one of the apartments. Officer Nazareno was able to hear the loud music from the hallway as he exited the elevator. Officer Nazareno knocked numerous times and announced “police” at the door and there was no response. Officer Nazareno then contacted the Bay Isles Security for them to contact the tenant at the apartment. The music was turned down prior to the officer leaving the building, but no one responded at the door. Officer Nazareno advised the tenants to contact the building management during the day and to contact the tenant from the apartment.


8:33 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to the 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in response to a civil disturbance. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman met with the caller who stated that she was walking her two dogs on Gulf of Mexico Drive and came across another man also walking his dog in the opposite direction. As the dogs approached each other the caller stated that the man became excited and started yelling at her and her dogs. The two parted ways and the caller wanted the incident documented in case of a future reference. Officer Tillman also went to the involved residence and spoke with him. The involved state a similar incident only that the caller was the aggressor. Both parties stated that they have had similar incidents in the past that have not been documented. There was no criminal act on this date. The report was filed as a matter of record and for future reference.

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