On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending March 13, 2020

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

March 7

Noise disturbance

2:58 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to North Shore Road in reference to a noise disturbance of music in the area. Officer Hodo arrived and located the source at North Shore Road. Officer Hodo noted that the occupants at the residence complied immediately turning the music off after being advised of the town ordinance. At this time, Officer Hodo conducted no further investigation.


Assist other agency

7:41 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Yardarm Lane to assist a Sarasota Police Officer conduct a vehicle crash investigation that occurred on March 6 within city limits. Upon arrival, the Sarasota Police officer finished his investigation of the crash and issued a citation to the resident.


Water leak

11:17 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 2100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a report of a water leak. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio observed water coming up from the ground on both sides of the sidewalk. Officer Ascencio was able to make contact with the on call public works person who stated he would respond.


Suspicious vehicle

5:14 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Bay Isles Parkway regarding a suspicious vehicle. The two males in the vehicle were driving around the parking lot of the Publix and asking random people if they need their vehicles fixed. Upon arrival, the vehicle had already left the property. Officer Ascencio did speak with the complainant who is the night manager of Publix. He said that the occupants of the vehicle were two men who had been possibly of Indian decent. He also stated the vehicle was a beige Hyundai four door with a California license plate.


Suspicious circumstance

5:35 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to a suspicious circumstance at Bayou Lane. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio met with the complainant who stated that a white van with about five or six older white men and women came to his home and stated they had rented the home. The complainant said that they rented the home from a ‘Robert Clark’ and that they rented the home for a week. The complainant stated that he told the subjects that the home was not for rent and that he lived there. The subjects then got back in the van. They sat outside the home for a few minutes before leaving. Officer Ascencio spoke to the on duty guard gate. He said that the driver was a white man in his 60s or 70s, he said that he let them in when they said they were renting the property.


Assist other agency

11:53 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to the 4100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive southbound on a report of reckless driving with a caller following. Officer Hodo made it to the John Ringling Pass Bridge and noted that the caller had went into Sarasota Police Department’s jurisdiction. Officer Hodo had dispatch notify Sarasota Police Department. The Sarasota Police stopped the vehicle in question in their city limits and conducted further investigation.


March 8

Parking violation

12:28 a.m.

Officer Puccio while on patrol, observed a vehicle parked in front of a restaurant on Broadway after the posted hours. Upon observing the violation, Officer Puccio issued the vehicle a parking citation. Nothing further.


Parking violation

11:08 a.m.

Officer Ascencio while on patrol on Russell Street observed a vehicle illegally parked. The vehicle was parked within 15 feet of the fire hydrant. The owner was issued a parking citation. Case closed.


March 9

Dog barking

5:35 p.m.

Officer Nazareno was dispatched to Marbury Lane for an animal problem call regarding dogs barking continuously at the location. Prior to being dispatched to the call, Sgt. Smith advised that he responded to the location to conduct a follow up on another case with the same complaint, but no one was home. Sgt. Smith also advised that prior to knocking at the door there was no loud barking noise. The dogs only started barking when he knocked at the door. Sgt. Smith also contacted the complainant. Animal Control Services were not needed for this call.



7:59 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to 4300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a fire/standby call regarding electric wires arching. Upon arrival, no arching was observed coming from the electric power lines. Longboat Key Fire checked the area and advised it may have been a small animal or bird that caused the initial electrical arch. Case closed.


March 10

Property missing

8:51 a.m.

Officer Bergeron while on patrol was flagged down by a woman and her husband. The husband advised that he had discovered his wallet missing this morning and wanted to know what he should do. He advised that he looked for the wallet in his car and at the condominium where he and his wife were staying but did not find it. He advised that he last saw the wallet after leaving a restaurant. He said that he did have his wallet while walking back to his vehicle parked at Broadway. Officers searched the area but did not see the wallet. The man advised that he will recheck the condominium for the wallet and if found will contact the police. The wallet contained credit cards, driver’s license, papers, and $80 in cash. The man contacted his credit card providers and given a case number.


Traffic violation

2:31 p.m.

Officer Smith while on patrol, observed a golf cart traveling north on Gulf of Mexico Drive in the 45 mph zone. Officer Smith stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver and informed him he was in violation of state statute regulating golf cart operation on Florida State roadways. Officer Smith made a check of the driver and the return indicated a valid driver’s license and no wants or warrants.


March 11


12:08 a.m.

Officer Nagell while on patrol observed a vehicle parked near the Recreation Center. The vehicle was unoccupied, however, while running the tag the owner arrived. Officer Nagell advised him that the park was closed until 5 a.m. The owner said that he did not see any of the signs and promptly left the area.



4:46 a.m.

Officer Tillman responded to Falmouth Drive for a person with chest pain. Officer Tillman responded with Fire/Rescue and assisted until police presence was no longer needed. Patient was transported to Sarasota Memorial for further evaluation.


Lost property

11:08 a.m.

Officer Smith responded to the Longboat Key Police Department for a woman who lost her Canadian passport. She said the last time she saw it was at the airport in Detroit on March 7. She wanted to make it a matter of record in case she has difficulty getting back into Canada. Officer Smith gave her a case number and explained to her how to get in touch with TSA in Detroit. Case clear.


Parking on sidewalk

3:22 p.m.

Officer Carter was dispatched to 6000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a vehicle parked on the sidewalk in front of the Marina. Upon his arrival, Officer Carter observed the vehicle parked on the sidewalk. Officer Carter made contact with the employees of the Marina who stated that the owner of the vehicle was out on a rental boat and should be back within 30 minutes. Officer Carter ran the vehicle and it did not come back with anything suspicious. Officer Carter wrote a warning and left it on the vehicle. Case closed.



7:49 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Chatham Drive in reference to a woman needing medical assistance. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by Longboat Fire/Rescue who were attending to the female patient and stated they did not need any further assistance from the police department.



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