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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending May 22, 2020

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

May 16

Burglar alarm

7:37 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Harbor Sound Drive in reference to a residential burglar alarm at that location. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio and Officer Hodo conducted a complete exterior check of the residence which was all secure with no signs of foul play or forced entry. Officer Puccio notified Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Dispatch that the alarm was accidentally caused by the homeowner who was present and advised she may have tripped the motion sensor.

 

Public service

11:26 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to 6600 block of Gulf Of Mexico Drive, in reference to a pandemic call on the beach. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the caller.

The caller stated that there were three boats anchored in the water and a group of the passengers swam to the beach area. The caller stated that he called the police to make a report. Officer Hodo walked onto the beach area and spoke to the group who advised that they were leaving gong to another location. At this time Officer Hodo conducted no further investigation.

 

Parking violation

1:38 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Yardarm Lane in reference to a white pick up truck blocking the driveway.  Upon arrival, Officer Puccio made contact with the driver of the white pick up truck in question who had moved his vehicle and stated he was just awaiting the landscaping crew across the street to finish unloading. He moved into the driveway next to the incident location without incident and continued conducting work at that residence. Officer Puccio made contact with the caller who related that he was satisfied and related that he has teen daughters who have an issue seeing oncoming cars eastbound on Yardarm Lane when the driveway is blocked or obstructed.

 

Boating violation

3:09 p.m.

Officer Connors and Lieutenant Skinner conducted a vessel stop on an aluminum boat west of Jewfish Key. The vessel had been observed operating on plane in violation of a slow speed minimal wake zone. The violation was explained to the operator/owner, and he was educated in reference to the boundaries of the slow speed zone in this area. A safety inspection was completed, and the vessel was in compliance.

 

Boating violation

4:15 p.m.

Lieutenant Skinner and Officer Connors conducted a vessel stop on a 19’ white Hurricane deck boat on the west side of Jewfish Key. The vessel was observed at a speed in violation of the slow speed minimal wake zone. The operator had rented the boat and was not familiar with the area. The violation was explained to the operator and he was educated with the boundaries of this slow speed zone. A vessel safety inspection was completed, and the vessel was within compliance.

 

Paddleboarding assistance

4:28 p.m.

Officer Connors and Lieutenant Skinner observed two females on a single paddle board near the north end of Jewfish Key. The women were heading toward Coquina boat ramp against a strong current and wind. Officers made contact with the females and offered them assistance to the ramp. The females accepted the offer, and they were assisted onboard LBK Marine Intrepid. The females and their equipment were transported to the Coquina boat ramp. The women thanked officers for the assistance.

 

Noise disturbance

4:54 p.m.

Officer Connors and Lieutenant Skinner, were dispatched to a noise disturbance or loud music from boats in the Gulf of Mexico near Whitney Beach. Prior to the officers’ arrival, they assisted two subjects on a paddleboard and responded to a verbal disturbance at Greer Island. Upon arrival to Whitney Beach, there were no boats with loud music.

 

Disturbance

5:18 p.m.

While on marine patrol, Officer Connors and Lieutenant Skinner were dispatched to Greer Island for a report of a disturbance from a vessel anchored just off the beach. Dispatch advised that an uncooperative caller stated that the occupants on the vessel were in a verbal argument and failed to give any further information. A check of the area for the vessel was negative.

 

May 17

Overturned sailboat

5:11 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol, was dispatched to assist Sarasota Police Department Marine Unit with an overturned sailboat with a man in the water in the area of Indian Mound Beach. Upon arrival, The male was able to up-right his sailing vessel and get back in. The party advised that he was uninjured and needed no emergency services.

 

May 19

Dog beach

4:16 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to a dog on the beach at the Beach Access. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman was able to locate a muzzled pit bull breed dog and the owners. The owners of the dog were given a warning about the dog on the beach and asked to leave. The people were very cooperative in leaving the area.

 

Moving pavers

6:22 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to Halyard Lane for a report of damage to landscaping. Due to Covid-19 protocol, Officer Smith made contact with the complainant via phone. The complainant stated that the contractors for the Town of Longboat Key under grounding project had caused damage to his landscaping. He stated the limestone in his front yard now has soil mixed in with it and there are indentations in the rocks where the heavy equipment sit. The complainant stated there are brick pavers that were used for edging had been moved out of place, and a plant had soil poured on top of it. Officer Smith provided the complainant information for Longboat Key Public Works, and for the District 1 Commissioner.

 

May 20

Boating violation

1:30 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol, observed a sailing vessel anchored off the Linley St. boat ramp within 150’. Officer Connors also observed the vessel’s tender moored/tied off to the Linley St. boat ramp dock, next to the sign stating “ No Mooring.” Officer Connors waited in the area for approximately 90 minutes until the owner of the vessel’s returned. Officer Connors advised him of both violations and issued him a citation.

 

Lost property

2:55 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Longboat Drive South, in reference to lost property.

Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the owner of the lost purse.  The owner stated on May 19 she lost her purse. The owner stated that she went to a restaurant and to the beach. The owner checked back at the restaurant for her purse with negative result. The owner has no further information. At this time Officer Hodo conducted no further investigation.

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