On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending July 31, 2020

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

July 24

Suspicious incident

1:35 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Bayfront Park on a report of homeless people causing a disturbance inside the park. Upon arrival Officer Ascencio found nobody matching the description of the people given in the comments of the call. Dispatch then advised Sarasota Officers to check Bayfront Park.


July 25

Citizen assist

7:45 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Gulf Of Mexico Dr and Bay Isles Pkwy, in reference to illegal signs posted on the side of the street. Officer Hodo noted in the comments that the caller did not want to meet. Officer Hodo arrived and retrieved 6 yellow signs. Officer Hodo placed the signs in the sally port at the station. At this time Officer Hodo conducted no further investigation. Case Status: Case Cleared.


Suspicious person

10:22 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to 7100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a man who had borrowed a paddle two nights in a row which the caller found odd, however she did not wish to meet with the police. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio and Sergeant Cooper made contact with the man who was fishing on the North Shore Road Pier. The man related that he did borrow the paddle from the caller both nights because he had forgotten his and stated he would return it when he was finished. Officer Puccio conducted a Wants and Warrants check on the man via Sarasota Sheriff’s Office dispatch which all came back negative. Nothing further to report.


July 26


1:20 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to a report of someone trespassing on the private beach of a property. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman spoke with the complainant who advised that his property borders the high tide line of the Gulf of Mexico. The complainant advised that someone has a tent on what he believes is his property. Officer Tillman proceeded to the beach area and observed a family sitting under a tent approximately 20 feet from the edge of the grass line of the beach. Sgt. Smith called Cpt. Bourque to verify the exact property line. It was determined that the property line will be illustrated in a zoning map at city hall. However, it is Sunday and City hall is closed. Sgt. Smith advised the complainant that he would research the property and print a copy and deliver it to him. The complainant advised that he did not want anyone to speak with the people on the beach at this time, but would be more interested in the property line to the Gulf of Mexico. There is no criminal matter and this case is merely a civil issue.


Citizen assist

10:52 p.m.

Officer Puccio and Sergeant Cooper conducted a check of the beach access located at 2825 Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to any beach articles such as tents left that could hinder sea turtle activity at the designated nesting areas. Upon arrival, officers discovered beach furniture left behind which was tagged with a Town of Longboat Key Code Violation Notice and placed away from the Sea Turtle Nesting area. Additionally, an email was sent to Longboat Key Police Department Front Desk personnel requesting they notify LBK Code Enforcement reference this incident. Nothing further to report.


July 27

Golf cart violation

12:!9 p.m.

While on patrol in the 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, Officer Smith observed a golf cart being driven on Gulf of Mexico Drive in a 45 mph zone. Officer Smith conducted a traffic stop and notified the driver he was in violation of F.S.S. 316.2122(1). Officer Smith issued the driver a verbal warning for the violation, and informed him where he was allowed to operate the golf cart. Case status: Closed



1:03 p.m.

Officer Smith was contacted by a complainant who wanted to inform the Longboat

Key Police Department that his sister had file for an injunction against her husband, for an incident that occurred in Lakewood Ranch. The complainant stated that his sister had stayed with their brother in Sarasota this weekend, and her husband had arrived at the residence and started to pound on the door. The complainant stated that the husband has also been writing threatening texts to his son in-law. The complainant stated that this all has occurred in Manatee and Sarasota jurisdictions and they have been notified. He stated his sister would be staying with him at his residence. The complainant went on to state that he would be notified of the status of the injunction. D.AV.I.D information was printed out and given to night shift.



8:25 p.m.

Officer Martinson was dispatched to the beach access at 2823 Gulf of Mexico Drive on a call of a Fire. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson observed two firefighters walking off the beach towards their truck. Officer Martinson spoke with them and they stated it was a family with a couple of little kids roasting marshmallows in a small one-foot-by-one-foot fire in the sand. The Fire Department told Officer Martinson that they advised the family it was illegal to have a fire on the beach and they put it out. Officer Martinson did not make contact with anyone on the beach.


July 28


11:54 a.m.

Officer Smith was asked to make contact with the property manager at a hotel in reference to trespassers using the property to access the beach. Officer Smith arrived and made some recommendations for no trespassing signs, and explained the F.S.S. regarding trespassing, and what a responding officer would be able to do. The complainant was given the Sarasota County Sheriff’s non-emergency phone number and asked to call if there are any further issues.


Turtle nest obstacles

7:17 p.m.

Officer Martinson was dispatched to the 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a call of a Turtle Beach Ordinance Violation. Remarks in the call stated there were beach chairs and a tent left out on the beach overnight and the caller was concerned it was impeding turtle nesting. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson observed two sets of beach tents and chairs out on the beach; however, it was still daylight out and was not in violation of the turtle ordinance. Officer Martinson then spoke with the property manager and she was advised about the property being left out on the beach and of the ordinance violation. She stated she would take care of the situation. Case Clear.


Dog on beach

12:58 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to a dog on the beach at the beach access. Upon arrival, it was determined that an approximately seven-pound white small terrier breed dog was on the beach. The owner stated that he did not see any signs and was not aware of the offense. A warning ticket was issued for having a dog on the beach. The owner was told to leave the area and Officer Tillman waited while he packed up his belongings and exited the beach.


Missing person

6:05 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to a missing person. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman spoke with the complainant who stated that her 26-year-old son who has a form of autism called Asperger’s had been missing since 12:30 p.m. and was last seen under the umbrella on the beach. The complainant stated that she went to the room and when she returned he was gone. The complainant stated that her son does not have a cell phone or wallet with him at this time. Sgt C. Smith and Officer Tillman searched the rented condo with the consent and presence of the complainant. Nothing appeared unusual and the mentioned was not at this location. A continual search with the officers resulted in Officer Ascencio locating the subject walking on the beach around the 3200 block. Officer Ascencio gave the subject a ride back to the above beach location where he was reunited with his family.

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