On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending January 31, 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. 25

Illness rescue

1:34 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Harbourside Drive in reference to an 81 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.

Property found

3:12 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to the 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive to meet the complainant who found property while walking near Durante Park. The complainant stated she found a red Iphone on the sidewalk. She was given a property receipt for the phone. While in the parking lot of the police station, the owner of the phone approached. She knew the code to unlock the phone and signed a property receipt taking custody of the phone.

Parking violation

3:58 p.m.

Officer Ascencio was on patrol on Russell Street when he observed a vehicle illegally parked. The vehicle was parked on Russell Street and within 15 feet of the fire hydrant. A parking citation was issued to the owner of the vehicle and placed on the windshield vehicle. The violation was recorded on cruiser camera. Case closed.


5:27 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol, was dispatched to Bayou Hammock Road for a report of a marine rescue. While en route, dispatch advised that a man had fallen overboard from a dinghy and was in the water. Upon arrival, Officer Connors was advised that the party was assisted from the water by an off-duty Longboat Key Marine Officer and was being treated by Longboat Key rescue with non life-threatening injuries. The party was transported to the hospital via Longboat Key Rescue. Case closed.

Jan. 27

Property found

12:49 p.m.

Officer Nazareno was contacted by Officer Zunz from the Police Department front desk to respond to the Public Works Management Officer located at General Harris Street for a found property report. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the Public Works Officer Manager who advised that a brown leather wallet was turned in by a citizen to a Public Works employee working at Bayfront Park, who then brought the wallet to the office. The wallet contained a Colorado driver’s license, two Visa credit cards, one credit card and four insurance cards. The Longboat Key Police Department receipt was signed by the Public Works Manager. Officer Nazareno also was able to contact the owner of the property via an emergency contact card inside the wallet. The owner of the property then met Officer Nazareno at the police department and was given back her property. A property report form and property receipt were completed and signed by the owner. The owner did not report anything missing after conducting an item inventory. Case closed.

Jan. 28

Noise disturbance

7:48 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Poinsettia Avenue in regards to a report of utility workers starting work before 8 a.m. Upon arrival, Officer Bergeron spoke with the supervisor who advised that they had an extended work hour permitting them to start at 7 a.m. Officer Bergeron advised that he may need to check with the town to see if the permit was still in force. He advised that he would stop work until 8 a.m. and contact the town.  Case closed.

Suspicious person

12:45 p.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to Bay Isles Parkway in reference to a suspicious person in the area talking to himself. Officer Bergeron and Sgt. Smith arrived and attempted to locate the subject. Officer Bergeron made contact with a drugstore employee, and they indicated the subject is a resident in the area. The employee indicated that he knew the subject’s name. Officer Bergeron indicated that he is familiar with the subject and he has been diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome. Case closed.

Highway obstruction

7:02 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to Magnolia Road for a report of mounds of dirt in the roadway. Upon his arrival, he observed what appeared to be two to three dump truck loads of dirt located in the eastbound lane of the roadway. The property is under construction with the contractor. Officer Nagell located a phone number for the contractor and left a voicemail in regard to the dirt in the roadway. Officer Nagell cordoned off the area of the dirt with yellow police tape to increase motorist awareness to the blockage. Officer Nagell sent an email to code enforcement in regard to any further violations. Officer Nagell will request day shift respond in the morning to speak with the contractor.

Illegal parking

8:45 p.m.

Officer Nagell noticed a vehicle parked on the wrong side of the roadway in the 5000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Nagell made contact with the vehicle’s owner who advised that she was having transmission issues, and would have the vehicle removed by morning. She had AAA and a specialized tow vehicle would be responding. Case closed.

Emergency message

11:53 p.m.

Officer Tillman was requested to make a welfare check at the 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Upon arrival, and after several attempts, Officer Tillman was unable to make contact with the person. He contacted the caller and advised her of the situation. She said she was worried that she was in the house and feels better knowing she is not home. Case closed.

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