On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending March 6, 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. 29

Suspicious incident

9:45 a.m.

Sgt. Smith received a request to make contact with a complainant in reference to a suspicious phone call he had received on Feb. 28. Sgt. Smith made contact with the complainant and he informed that an unknown man had called trying to set up an appointment to discuss energy saving measures he could take at his residence. The complainant stated the subject was persistent and they made an appointment for 1 p.m. on Feb. 29. The complainant stated he attempted to call back the number to cancel the appointment and the number was not in service. The complainant said he would like an officer to be at his residence at the time of the appointment. No personal information or money was lost, at this point there was no crime.


Parking violation

11:42 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Linley Street boat ramp for a parking violation. The vehicle was illegally parked at the Linley Street boat ramp with the ‘Boat ramp and Town Pier parking only’ signs posted.


Property damage

8:57 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to the 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive to a damaged gate. Upon arrival, he noticed the north entrance gate arm was damaged and lying on the left side of the roadway. The north gate is unmanned, so Officer Tillman proceeded to the south gate to advise the security guard of the damage. The security guard stated that he was made aware of the damage, and it was believed to have happened a couple of hours ago, at approximately 8 p.m. The security guard said the damage has been logged and it will be passed on to the proper personnel.


March 1

Found property

4:31 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to the 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a found property report. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the caller who turned in a cell phone in a pink leather case that he found at the dog park. The leather case also contained an Illinois driver’s license, two Visa credit cards, $20 and insurance cards. The caller completed and signed a police department property form. Officer Nazareno was able to find and contact a relative of the owner of the property from an online search. Officer Nazareno left a detailed message to claim the property at the police station. The found property was submitted to evidence control for safekeeping.


Rescue injury

8:14 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to St. Judes Drive for a report of a person that fell. Upon arrival, Fire/Rescue was on scene and assessing the patient. Officer Tillman assisted until a police presence was no longer needed. The patient was transported to Blake Memorial for further evaluation. Case closed.


Noise disturbance

11:22 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to Cedar Street and could hear loud music coming from a sailboat with no mast or mast light that was anchored approximately 200 feet off the dock at 11 p.m. Officer Tillman was noticed and the music was turned down without being advised to do so. Officer Tillman stayed in the area and the music was no longer a problem.


March 2

Water main break

7:39 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Bayview Drive and observed water coming from the ground near the main water valve to Bayview Drive. Officer Ascencio contacted the public works department to have them shut the water off. The homeowner was notified to contact a plumber to have the valve fixed.


Security check

11:20 p.m.

Officer Puccio while conducting nightly business security checks discovered the front door of the office at 400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive unlocked. Upon the discovery Officer Puccio and Officer Hodo conducted an interior and exterior check of the business which all appeared normal with no signs of foul play or forced entry. The unsecured door was unable to be secured and no key holder was available via dispatch. A business card left with a case number.


March 3

Noise disturbance

7:05 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Bayview Drive in reference to construction noise occurring at that location after the hours of darkness. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio could hear the construction noise coming from the rear of the incident location and proceeded to investigate. Officer Puccio discovered that workers from a construction company were removing tile thin set on the patio with an electric jack hammer. At that point, Officer Puccio made contact with the job supervisor who was not aware of Longboat Key’s policy of conducting contractor work after hours. The construction company understood and complied with his request to cease all work until the next morning.


March 4

Suspicious circumstance

9:06 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Bayou Circle in regard to a suspicious third party incident. The CAD noted that a call came from a Sheriff’s Department Fraud Division and hung up. Third party advised got a panic alarm from the resident at Bayou Circle. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron and Fire Rescue made contact with the resident. He advised he just got a prank call, but did not push a panic button. He advised he was trying to get ready for work. Case closed.


Property damage

11:52 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to the police station for a damage report. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the caller who advised that he notice minor damage on the left front bumper area of his rental vehicle when he woke up. The vehicle was a Jeep Sport Truck, and Officer Nazareno wrote a report and gave the driver a case number.


March 5

Suspicious circumstance

10:53 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to possible business solicitation in regard to a van and trailer setting up food table. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron spoke to the person setting up the food. He explained that he was not soliciting business, but setting up food for his bike tour. He advised that he follows the bicyclist to various locations and tends to any issues they may have during the tour. Officer Bergeron advised the subject that this was fine as long as he was not soliciting for any tours.


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