On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending March 27, 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 14

Suspicious circumstance

12:51 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Bayou Lane for a suspicious circumstance call. Upon his arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the complainant who advised that his sliding door on the east wing of the house could possibly have been tampered with. The door handle came apart when he opened the sliding door from the inside. The complainant further stated that there was a suspicious incident reported earlier on March 7 reported by his son where five to six men and women in a white van knocked on the door and said that they rented the house for a week. The subjects were told that the house was not for rent and left the residence prior to the police’s arrival. The responding officer was unable to obtain any further information in regard to the white van and its occupants from the Bay Isles vehicle entry security. During Officer Nazareno’s preliminary investigation, he observed no pry marks around the latch/handle area. The threshold, glass panel and lower track of the sliding door were all intact and did not have any damage that would indicate possible forced entry attempt. The screws of the handle from the side where the complainant opened the door were rusted and the latch to open the door from the outside was broken in a few pieces. Officer Nazareno was unable to obtain any viable latent fingerprints from the glass panel. The complainant stated nothing was out of place in the laundry room and did not report any items missing from the laundry room or anywhere in the house. The complainant also advised that the sliding door is rarely used for entry into the house, and that the lawn service and landscaping service and cleaners have the code to enter through the front door. The complainant was given the Marsy’s Law packet and signed the confidentiality form. There were no alarms or security cameras in place at the time the report was taken. Officer Nazareno was also unable to locate any security cameras on the house next door.


March 15

Noise disturbance

6:30 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Buttonwood Drive in regard to a noise from a leaf blower. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron stopped at the caller’s residence and did hear what sounded like a leaf blower or weed eater. It appeared to be coming from the golf course area off Harbourside Drive. Officer Bergeron responded to that area near the maintenance area by Bayou Sound. Officer Bergeron did not hear any noise, but did make contact with the grounds worker driving a golf cart into the maintenance area. Officer Bergeron advised him about the noise, but he said, “No English.” Officer Bergeron did observe a leaf blower in the back of the golf cart. Sgt. Smith advised that he will attempt to make contact with themaintenance supervisor concerning the noise.


March 21


3:41 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to the area of Bayside Road and Linley Street in reference to a possible verbal altercation occurring about 100 yards offshore from a boat moored in the area. Upon arrival of the Linley Street dock, Officer Puccio and Sgt. Cooper discovered a white male in bathing trunks sleeping on the dock which appeared to have small cut over his right eye and some facial bruising. At that point, Officer Puccio requested Fire/Rescue to respond to attend to the male subject and then made contact with him. The man related that he had been drinking quite heavily and decided to go for a swim off his boat when he hit his face on the side of the boat. The complainant related that it didn’t require medical attention but after advice from Officer Puccio, he decided to allow the paramedics to treat his injuries. The complainant was asked numerous times in regard to his injuries where he continued to not be forthcoming and cooperative as he related that his injuries were sustained on accident and not caused by someone. Fire Rescue arrived on scene where they treated the complainant and transported him to Blake Hospital. Nothing further.


Toilet paper squabble

8:19 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Publix on a verbal disturbance. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio met with the complainant who is the manager at Publix, he said that the involved two men were in a verbal argument over toilet paper. The manager stated that he had about 100 people in line to get into the store. One man parked and entered the store without waiting in line. He also said that the man walked up and grabbed a package of toilet paper when another customer took exception. That other customer then took the toilet paper from the original man’s cart who took the toilet paper without waiting in line. The two men became upset with each other and began to yell and argue with each other and the manager. Officer Ascencio was able to calm the men down and they were allowed to continue shopping.


Suspicious boat

12:41 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Lighthouse Point on a report of suspicious people on the beach. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio spoke with the complainant who stated he was concerned about a boat that was beached. He thought the beach was closed to all traffic. He was advised that they were not breaking any laws.


Sea turtle struck by boat

4:00 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol, received a call from Mote Marine requesting assistance with a sea turtle that had been struck by a boat west of Longboat Pass. Upon arrival, Officer Connors located the loggerhead turtle with minimal signs of life. The turtle was transported to Mote Marine where the turtle had succumbed to the injuries. Case closed.


Suspicious vehicle

7:37 p.m.

Officer Cooper was dispatched to 6300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, Officer Cooper observed the vehicle to be parked in a lot on private property unoccupied. Officer Cooper made contact with the property manager who advised he would make contact with the residents of the complex tomorrow and find out if it is a guest. Nothing further at this time.


March 22


7:13 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Broadway in reference to a physical altercation occurring in the rear of that location adjacent to the Linley Street boat ramp. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by the caller who related that two unknown subjects were involved in a physical altercation with one another along with three other subjects who were bystanders. The caller stated that the subjects involved all appeared intoxicated and the two subjects began slapping one another. The caller described the subjects involved in the physical altercation as the following: subject 1: a white male 30 years old, 6’2” brown hair brown eyes wearing a blue hat, white shirt and black shorts; subject 2: a black male 5’ tall heavy build wearing a black hat, black shirt and green shorts. The caller stated that the altercation ceased after about two minutes and all subjects departed in boats from the Linley Street dock and proceeded north between Jewfish Key and Longboat Key. The caller could only provide the description of the boat driven by the black subject. It was described as an 18-foot boat, blue in color with a yellow bottom. Upon receiving this information, a complete canvass of the area was made by Officer Puccio and Sgt. Cooper along with a request for Manatee Sheriff’s Office marine assistance. All attempts to locate the man met with negative results along with Sarasota Sheriff’s Office dispatch advising Manatee Sheriff’s Office had no Marine Unit in service. Officer Puccio instructed the caller to contact 911 if the subjects returned.


March 23

Public service

3:38 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 5100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a public service call. The caller advised that she is disabled and asked if officers could assist her in carrying her groceries into her residence. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron met with the complainant who advised that she was able to get her groceries in, but needed her car moved from the handicap space. She advised that she had not received a placard from her home state and didn’t want it to be there. Officer Bergeron moved the woman’s vehicle to another space. The woman thanked Officer Bergeron for his assistance.


March 26

Boat violation

2:39 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol in the area of Quick Point, observed a boat operating on plane with an excessive wake in a posted “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake” zone. Officer Connors conducted a vessel stop and advised the operator the reason for the stop. The operator was unable to produce registration paperwork, although the registration was valid. Officer Connors issued the operator a verbal warning and was educated on the violations. Case closed.

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