On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending March 20, 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 10

Parking violation

8:58 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Gunwale Lane for a parking complaint regarding construction vehicles parked in the area obstructing the view of turning vehicles. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno observed all construction vehicles legally parked on Gunwale Lane which is a marked construction zone. The vehicles were parked in a manner that does not obstruct the view of the road for vehicles turning from Gunwale Lane. Case closed.


March 11

Boating violation

4:11 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol in the area of Jewfish Key, 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 of the violation. Officer Connors also advised the operator that he was missing his registration sticker. The operator was able to produce a valid registration. Officer Connors issued the operator a verbal warning and was educated on the violations. Case closed.


March 14

Public service

6:59 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a tree that had fallen, partially blocking the entrance. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron spoke to the complainant who requested the tree be removed so she would be able to leave for a 12-hour trip. Officer Bergeron explained that the tree is on private property and that property management needed to be called to arrange for removal. Sgt. Smith was on scene and explained the same information to the complainant. Sgt. Smith contacted property management and explained the issue. He advised that the complainant had already notified him about the tree.


Suspicious person

8:41 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 6200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a suspicious person report. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron checked the immediate area. The caller advised that the subject was an Hispanic male wearing a bright green shirt with a mustache. The caller advised that the subject did not come to his door. It should be noted that the residence is gated. Officer Bergeron was unable to locate the subject. Subject may have been a landscaper.



4:49 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Broadway Street in regard to a fall. Upon his arrival, Longboat Fire/Rescue was assessing the subject. He had an injury to his left shin area. The subject advised he fell at the dock area, he was transported for further treatment.


March 15

Burglar alarm

12:26 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 4100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for an alarm call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno checked the unit which was the maintenance room and found it locked and secured. There was a continuous audible alarm and no signs of forced entry were observed. Officer Nazareno contacted the security officer who was not on the property and advised him of the call. He also advised that he will contact the alarm company and have someone check the alarm system. Case closed.


March 16

Burglar alarm

12:48 a.m.

Officer Tillman responded to Harbor Sound for a report of a burglar alarm activated. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman recognized the residence from a previous alarm two hours before. The residence was secure, the owner appears to have the bedroom motion sensor set and had a hard time understanding the alarm system in the previous call. Case closed.


Suspicious circumstance

8:31 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 4300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a report of a suspicious phone call. Upon his arrival, Officer Ascencio met with the complainant who played a voice mail message. The message was from an unknown elderly female who sounded frail. The female gave her name as Ellen, but it was unclear if she was Ellen or she was asking for Ellen. She also stated she was ‘lying in bed, she didn’t know what to do’ and that ‘you have to come find me.’ She then hung up. Officer Ascencio called the number that was on the caller ID and spoke to a woman who said she was at Sarasota Bay Club. She also stated that the call could have been routed from The Inn at Sarasota Bay Club which is a rehabilitation center. The woman said that they have an Ellen as a resident. She contacted that person who stated she did not make the call, and also said the call could have come from any of the 300 residents at the complex. Case closed.


Neighbor quarrel

11:22 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to the police station lobby in response to a quarrel. The complainant stated that on March 13, a neighbor screamed at him to get his dog out of the trailer park. He stated that HOA rules say that no dogs are allowed unless they are a service animal. The complainant said that his Shih Tzu is an emotional support animal, he tried to tell the neighbor this, but she would not listen to him. The complainant stated that his neighbor mentioned another neighbor followed his wife around the park in his golf cart on March 15. He said the reason for this occurred was also because of the dog. He was advised this is a civil issue and had to contact the HOA board. Case closed.


Suspicious circumstance

1:26 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to the 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in response to an attempted phone scam. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio met with the complainant who stated he received a phone call this morning. The caller stated she was the complainant’s daughter and she was arrested for being in a vehicle crash. The caller told the complainant she needed $8,000 for bail money. The money was supposed to be Fed Ex. The complainant stated he called his daughter and the daughter was fine and he did not send the money. Case closed.


Parking violation

2:45 p.m.

Officer Ascencio while on patrol in North Shore Road, observed a vehicle illegally parked. The vehicle was parked partially blocking the entrance to 200 North Shore Road. The violation was recorded on the cruiser camera. The owner was issued a parking citation and it was secured to the windshield.


March 17

Traffic violation

1:30 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in response to a car hauler loading and unloading vehicles in the middle of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio found a red Volvo semi car hauler and vehicles parked in the middle and west side of the road. The semi driver was advised to load the vehicles back onto the hauler. The driver was issued a citation for parking or stopping in the roadway. The violation was recorded on a cruiser camera. Case closed.


Parking violation

1:49 p.m.

Officer Smith while on patrol discovered a vehicle illegally parked in Broadway. The vehicle’s rear half was parked outside the white painted driveway setbacks. Officer Smith issued a citation. Case clear.


Vehicle at ramp

2:19 p.m.

Officer Smith responded to Linley Street Boat Ramp for a vehicle left parked on the ramp. It prevented other people from launching their boats. The vehicle was issued a ticket for being parked next to a ‘No Parking’ sign on the ramp. Officer Smith issued a citation, the owner arrived as Officer Smith was calling for a tow truck. Case clear, nothing further needed.



6:03 p.m.

Captain Skinner responded to Bay Isles Parkway in reference to an unresponsive person. Longboat Key Fire Department was on scene upon his arrival. CPR had been initiated on the patient and he was advised that an AED advised not to shock. Longboat Key Fire Department was able to establish the patient had a pulse and the man was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The patient was wearing an SMH wristband, and had been discharged on this date. Captain Skinner left as Fire/Rescue did not require any further assistance. Case closed.


Fire alarm

8:33 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to 2400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a fire alarm at the location. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by Fire/Rescue who were attending to the fire alarm and stated they did not need any further assistance from the Longboat Key Police Department. Fire Department advised the alarm was caused by cooking smoke. Nothing further.

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