On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending February 21, 2020

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

Feb. 15

Suspicious person

6:22 a.m.

Officer Tillman responded to Whitney Beach plaza in reference to a suspicious person in front of one of the businesses. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman spoke with the caller who said that a person was sitting on the bench and looking in the windows of the restaurant which was not yet open. Officer Tillman spoke with the person in question who stated that she thought the restaurant opened at 6 a.m. and was waiting for it to open.


Code enforcement

3:56 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Sands Point Road in regard to an individual fishing on the property. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron met with the complainant who advised that the individual is doing a fishing charter business on the beach. The coplainant advised that he has several individuals fishing with him on the rocks. Officer Bergeron made contact with the charter fisherman and advised him of the reason of the visit. He said he was aware of the ordinance and that he is not conducting any business on the beach. Officer Bergeron asked the subjects fishing with the man if they were customers. They all advised that they were not and were just fishing. The man has a business and all subjects were licensed and were below the low tide line of the beach. At that point, there was no code violations observed. The complainant was advised that there was no violation but to contact the police at any time she though there was a violation.


Marijuana found

4:48 p.m.

Sgt. Smith responded to Publix Parking lot for a report of a store manager who had found a plastic baggie containing approximately one gram of a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana. The manager said there were no cameras in the area where the items were located. A property receipt was completed. Sgt. Smith packed and placed the property into the police department.


Suspicious vehicle

8:25 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to Mistletoe Lane in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman located a rental van backed in the driveway. Officer Tillman spoke with the driver who stated that they were spending the night and the residence belonged to a close relative. Nothing appeared to be unusual. Officer Tillman contacted the caller who stated she knew there had been previous boat burglaries in the area and was concerned.


Traffic violation

9:05 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer observed a vehicle transport tractor parked in the northbound lane of 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The truck was parked on the side of the roadway blocking the bicycle lane. The driver was unloading the vehicle for the customer. Officer Schoepfer made contact with the driver who said he was told to park near the church. Officer Schoepfer advised the driver that he was parked on the roadway blocking the bicycle lane. Officer Schoepfer issued the driver a citation and remained on scene for traffic control until the vehicle cleared.


Feb. 16

Suspicious vehicle

8:21 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 1600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a complainant who advised that a car was parked overnight in a non-overnight parking spot. Officer Nazareno made contact with the driver who stated that he parked there overnight. Officer Nazareno then advised that he was parked on private property and that overnight parking is not allowed on the town. The driver was given verbal warning and the driver removed the vehicle from the property immediately.


Dog barking

9:45 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Bogey Lane for a noise complaint regarding dogs constantly barking at the location. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno checked the perimeter and did not hear any loud or excessive barking from any dogs. Officer Nazareno then made contact with the resident and advised her of the anonymous complaint. Officer Nazareno observed the two dogs in the home to be in good health and did not see any signs of neglect. Officer Nazareno advised dispatch that Animal Services was not needed.


Dog left on lanai

6:19 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Evergreen Way for a noise complaint regarding a dog barking non-stop for over an hour. Upon his arrival, Officer Nazareno was met by a group of residents who advised that the dog had been left inside the lanai for over six hours. Officer Nazareno observed the dog to be in good health and was not barking at the time of his arrival. The resident was able to be contacted and gave permission to enter the home to move the dog inside the home. Dispatch was advised that Animal Control Services were not needed. Case closed.


Feb. 17

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. The area of the violation was outside the ICW channel along Sister Keys in Longboat Key. Officer Connors conducted a vessel stop and advised the operator of the violation. During the stop he conducted a safety check of the vessel and the operator was unable to produce a fire extinguisher and Type IV throwable device. Officer Connors issued the operator a verbal warning for the wake zone violation and a citation for not having required safety equipment.


Traffic violation

3:30 p.m.

Officer Ascencio was northbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive when he was passed on the left by a driver who was using the turn only lane as a drive through. Officer Ascencio initiated a traffic stop. The driver stated she was headed to the beach and did not realize she could not use the turn lane for a lengthy distance. The driver was issued a written warning.


Feb. 18

Dog retrieval

6:11 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Bowsprit Lane in reference to a dog that fell over a sea wall into the water. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the caller who stated that his dog had fell over into the water and apparently drowned. The officer located the dog underneath the sea wall apparently deceased. Officer Hodo retrieved the dog back onto land and returned the remains to the owner. Officer Hodo was advised by the owner that the dog had been underwater for approximately 20 minutes prior to the officer’s arrival. No further investigation.


Feb. 19

Harassing phone call

9:38 a.m.

Officer Bergeron met with a complainant in the 300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to harassing phone calls. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron met with the complainant who advised he had received three calls from a number stating that they had a package for him for delivery that contained money. The complainant advised he immediately knew that this was a scam and hung up. Officer Bergeron called the number and it advised it was unable to complete the call at this time. Officer Bergeron advised the gate guard to contact the police if someone suspicious arrived and asked for the complainant.



Public service

10:37 a.m.

Officer Zunz and the complainant met in the police department to request a letter of good citizenship regarding the renewal of a permit in Canada. The officer composed a brief letter for him stating that the town had no records of illicit activity on him. Nothing further.



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