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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending July 3, 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 19

Traffic citation

9:37 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer observed a vehicle transport tractor-trailer parked in the bike and turning lane on the northbound lane in the 4400 block of Gulf of Mexico Dr. Officer Schoepfer then initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle was a 2018 Volvo vehicle transport tractor-trailer. The officer then made contact with the driver and advised him of the reason for the traffic stop. The driver was issued a citation for Improper Parking on a two-way road. The driver was given an option form and envelope.

 

Suspicious incident

4:30 p.m.

Officer Tillman was dispatched to Harbour Oaks Drive in reference to a suspicious incident. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman spoke with the complainant who stated that he received a call from an unknown number advising that he could double his money if he would provide some information. The complainant stated that the caller wanted him to go to Walmart and by a Visa card and give them the information. The complainant felt like it was a scam and did not do anything as requested and wanted to report the incident. Officer Tillman advised the complainant a report would be filed for future references.

 

Trespassing

6:20 p.m.

Officer Tillman was dispatched to a hotel in reference to 5 juveniles trespassing. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman spoke with the complainant who stated that 5 juveniles were seen arriving in a red golf cart and going onto the beach. The complainant did state that the property has an agreement with another hotel, who can also use their beach access and amenities. Officer Tillman located the juveniles in the pool who stated that they were staying at the Grand Mariner. There is no trespassing violation. Case closed.

 

June 20

Parking warning

8:19 a.m.

Officer Tillman was dispatched to Lois Avenue in reference to a food truck blocking the roadway. Upon arrival Officer Tillman noticed a food truck parked in front of a restaurant on Lois Avenue which was blocking the roadway. The driver of the vehicle was noticed as walking back to the vehicle as the officer arrived and leaving the area. An employee of the restaurant said the driver was there dropping off food and was made aware to park in the parking lot. The employee was warned and made aware of different arrangements in the future.

 

Alcohol on the beach

8:27 a.m.

Officer Tillman was dispatched to a beach location in reference to two subjects lying on the beach with alcohol. Officer Nagell and Officer Tillman approached the two subjects who were lying on the beach with two open Corona beers. The two poured out the beers and were verbally advised of the infraction.

 

Excessive boat wake

11:24 a.m.

Lt. Skinner observed a black boat near Jewfish Key causing an excessive wake, in a slow speed minimal wake zone. Lt. Skinner conducted a vessel stop for the violation. The operator explained that he was attempting to identify a problem with the vehicle engine and had accelerated for a moment. Lt. Skinner warned the operator of the violation and advised him to conduct any further tests outside of the slow speed minimal wake zone.

 

Rescue

2:22 p.m.

Officer Nagell was dispatched with LBKFD, LBKPD Marine unit, SPD Marine Unit to the area of 6000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a person in distress on a vessel. Dispatch advised that the caller’s mother had activated an iPhone emergency SOS which notified her of the mother’s location. The location was given as the 6000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in the Gulf. As Officer Nagell responded dispatch updated the location numerous times. Marine assets in the area along with MSO Marine unit and Sea Tow Sarasota began to look for the subject. LBKFD contacted the woman who activated the SOS and was advised that it was activated accidentally.

 

Suspicious incident

3:55 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to the area of the 2700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for an anonymous complaint of a male subject in his 70’s urinating in the bushes. While en route the call was updated that he was north bound on the beach. Officer Nagell checked the beach area in the 2900 block and was unable to locate any subject matching the description of the suspect. Dispatch advised that the caller only wished to document the incident an advised that the subject may not have known anyone was in the area near him, the caller yelled at him and he left the area. The subject was described as a male wearing khaki pants, a white shirt and a white hat. Case closed subject gone on arrival information only.

 

Traffic warning

4:19 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer was pulling out of 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Dr. when he observed a grey vehicle traveling northbound on Gulf of Mexico Dr. travelling at a high rate of speed. Officer Schoepfer turned northbound and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at the 5600 block of Gulf of Mexico Dr. The officer made contact with the driver who advised he had just left work from the resort because his mother had become very sick. Officer Schoepfer checked the driver’s license and vehicle information which came back negative for any issues. The officer issued the driver a verbal warning regarding the speed and terminated the traffic stop so the driver could get home.

 

Fallen tree

4:37 p.m.

Officer Tillman was dispatched to a residence in reference to a fallen tree. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman observed a large tree blocking the area of the sidewalk. The officer contacted Public works and advised them of the situation. An employee from Public works arrived shortly with a chain saw.

 

Noise complaint

6:20 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched out to the area of Greer Island for a report of loud music. On his way to the area, Officer Smith made contact with the complainant via phone, and she stated the music had stopped but had been going on all day. The complainant indicated that she had requested no contact and wanted to remain anonymous and did not want to provide her information for the report. Officer Nazareno and Officer Smith walked out to Greer Island in reference to another case, and observed no loud music being played.

 

Trespassing

6:52 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 7100 Gulf of Mexico Drive for a disorderly conduct call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the complainant who stated that an unidentified white male pulled up into the parking lot of his building and urinated on the parking lot, while using the opened driver and rear passenger door as cover. The complainant then confronted the male who then left the parking lot and parked his vehicle on the 7000 block of Firehouse Road. The complainant provided the tag number from a picture he took with his cell phone. The vehicle was a black Saab 4 door sedan. A written statement was obtained from the complainant which was submitted to evidence control. The male subject was last seen walking towards the beach access at the 100 block of North Shore Road. Officer Nazareno was able to identify the registered owner of the vehicle through DAVID. The complainant described the subject as a white male in his mid 20’s, 5’9, wearing gray shorts and red sox. The officer then canvassed the beach area and Greer Island with Sgt. Smith but was unable to locate the male subject. Upon leaving the area Officer Nazareno encountered the male subject who was returning to his vehicle at the 7000 block of Firehouse Road. Officer Nazareno then approached the male subject and asked him about the incident on the parking lot. The subject stated that he had an emergency and was stuck at the Longboat Key Bridge for 15 minutes and had to go to the bathroom. He went to the parking lot and thought the management office might have a public restroom, but it was closed. He said that he could no longer hold it and opened his rear left passenger door and driver’s door to cover himself while he urinated on the parking lot. He further stated that he apologized to the male resident who took a cell phone picture of him as he got back in his vehicle. No arrest was made due to the following; the incident did not meet the criteria for lewd and lascivious conduct. The urinating in public in my subject did not commit the misdemeanor offenses of trespassing and presence.

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