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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending June 12, 2020

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

June 5

Suspicious incident

3:54 p.m.

Officer Horan responded to Bayside Drive in reference to an unknown person(s) who dumped two bags of trash into the complainant’s garbage can which was on the corner of Bayside Drive. After speaking with the complainant, Officer Nagell and Officer Horan advised the complainant that officers would be placing a patrol request in for the next seven days. Case closed.

 

Rescue

4:02 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to an unconscious person in a vehicle located at Forest Way. Sgt. Schoepfer and Officer Tillman arrived along with Fire Rescue. The man was evaluated and released and he stated that he had delivered food through Door Dash and had fallen asleep before continuing his deliveries. He appeared to be coherent and alert at the time of the response.

 

Seismic activity

8:14 p.m.

Sgt. Smith responded to Spanish Drive North for a report of suspicious activity. Upon arrival, the caller stated that a man said he was working with a seismic agency and that they had indicated a large seismic activity under his residence. The caller stated the man went on to say he was in a helicopter and would be dropping 10,000 gallons of water on the caller’s residence. The caller stated he was going to call the police and the man said it was just a joke. The caller gave Sgt. Smith the caller ID and it was the Town of Longboat Key’s main number. Sgt. Smith made contact with Captain Bourque the information and told him that the Town Hall phone number was being used to make the prank calls.

 

Fireworks

9:22 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a report of fireworks noise. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron observed a birthday party in progress under the pavilion. He also observed the subjects with lighted sparklers. Officer Bergeron made contact with the individuals and advised them that fireworks of any kind are prohibited. They put the sparklers out and advised that they will be leaving after they have served the cake.

 

June 9

Fishing with a net

9:22 a.m.

Officer Connors responded to Falmouth Drive in reference to a report of fishermen using nets. The complainant was concerned that they were using nets to catch fish. Upon arrival, Officer Connors observed the fishermen who appeared to be fishing legally with no violations observed. The complainant was later informed that no violations were observed and it is legal to fish with nets.

 

Noise complaint

5:46 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to neighbors making loud noises in the morning. The complainant stated that the noise sounds like someone slamming dresser drawers. The complainant stated that this has been going on for a while off and on. The complainant stated that she just wanted to have a report on file. Officer Hodo advised the complainant to contact the police when she hears the noise, so that the issue may be resolved. At the time, Officer Hodo conducted no further investigation.

 

Rescue assistance

6:57 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Sands Point Road in reference to an individual in the water yelling for help. Upon his arrival, Officer Ascencio met with Assistant Chief Carr who was assisting Sarasota Fire Rescue boat to the location of the two individuals who were in the water. Longboat Key Fire Rescue boat also arrived for assistance. Sarasota Fire Rescue was able to locate a man and woman and bring them on board their boat. They advised that the man did not have a pulse. His wife, who was out in the water with him, was conscious. The wife advised that she and her husband were staying at the Longboat Key Club when they decided to go swimming in the ocean. Both subjects were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital by Sarasota Fire Rescue. Officer Ascencio met with one witness. The witness stated that he was on his balcony when he heard someone yelling for help in the water. He and another unknown individual swam out to rescue the victim and his wife. The witness could only hear one person yelling for help. When they got out to the sandbar, he said that the rip current was too strong to swim any further to the individuals. The witness and the other unknown man swam back to land. The other unknown man left the beach area prior to Officer Ascencio’s arrival. Case cleared.

 

June 10

Suspicious incident

6:00 p.m.

Officer Horan responded to Bowsprit Lane in reference to a suspicious incident. Upon arrival, Officer Horan met with the complainant who advised that three unknown men took his neighbor’s boat. He was concerned because he did not recognize subjects in the boat. Sgt. Schoepfer did contact Captain Bourque who made contact with the vessel’s owner. The vessel’s owner advised that he hired the Captain took the vessel out. Case closed.

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