On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending September 4, 2020

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

Aug. 29

Suspicious incident

12:43 p.m.

Officer Bergeron along with Sgt. Smith and Officer Nazareno responded to 4400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a male subject calling 911 upset that he had called and the police had not shown up. Upon call back, dispatch was unable to reach the subject. The phone was “pinged” and it came back in the area of the mentioned location. Officers checked the area of 4400 block of GMD and were not approached by anyone. Officer Bergeron attempted contact and did get an answer from what sounded like an elderly male subject. He uttered a few words and hung up. Officer Bergeron tried to call back, but got no answer. Officers continued to check the surrounding areas with negative results. Sgt. Smith made contact with the subject via phone he advised to stop calling that there was no further issue and would not provide and information. Case clear.


Disorderly conduct

5:39 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to a disturbance on Jewfish Key. Sarasota County Dispatch stated the call had been transferred from Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. The CAD notes indicated that a male and female had got into a fight, and the male subject had jumped off the boat. They indicated that the male subject was pulled out of the water. Officer Smith made contact via phone with the complainant, and they indicated that the boat and subjects were heading north from Jewfish Key. Officer Smith observed the vessel leaving the area and it was heading north towards Bradenton, and was not stopping at the Coquina boat ramp. Officer Smith called off the responding LBK Marine Unit, due to the distance between the two. No other calls received in reference to the disturbance. Case Status: Clear.


Rescue assist

7:15 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to 4400 block of Gulf of Mexico Dr. in reference to a Rescue Assist Call. Upon arrival, Officer Schoepfer made contact with Longboat Key Rescue who were already on scene assessing a woman who had fallen and had cuts to her face and was obviously intoxicated. Officer Schoepfer then spoke to a woman who is the property manager for the condo facility and family friend. The property manager advised that the woman had been drinking all day. The property manager said she had notified the woman’s husband who was out of state at another residence and advised him of her condition. The property manager said that at approximately 7 p.m. she went to check on the woman one more time before she left for the night and found her passed out on the bedroom floor with cuts on her face. The manager said she called the woman’s husband who called 911. The manager said there had been no one else in the condo unit all day. There was no signs of a disturbance and two large empty wine bottles were found in the kitchen garbage can. One of the bottles had been broken and placed in a plastic garbage bag. The manager said the woman is an alcoholic. The woman did finally admit to drinking but did not remember falling. She was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for further evaluation and to treat the injuries to her face. The woman’s husband was notified and said he would make contact with Sarasota Memorial Hospital if insurance information is needed. Officer Schoepfer found there was no evidence of a crime and the injuries were the result of the woman’s intoxication and subsequent fall.


Aug. 30

Suspicious vehicle

9:15 p.m.

While on patrol Officer Nagell observed a vehicle parked past the ‘no parking’ signs at the kayak rental kiosk at Bayfront Park. Upon his initial check of the area, the owner was not in the vehicle or in the immediate area. Upon completing parking citation, Officer Nagell did locate the owner and issued the ticket directly to her. The vehicle left the area without incident. The vehicle violation was captured on vehicle video. Case closed with parking ticket.


Missing kayak paddle

9:44 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to the Linley Street boat ramp for a report of a missing kayak paddle. Upon his arrival, Officer Nagell met with the complainant who related that upon returning to her kayak she found that the paddle she had placed under the kayak was gone. She stated that she thinks someone took it, however, does not have any direct knowledge as to who. It is noted that there were several hours of storm activity during this time with strong winds, rain and a high tide. The paddle is valued at approximately $30 to replace. Officer Nagell advised the complainant that he would take the report for information.


Sept. 2

Suspicious incident

10:30 a.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to Spanish Drive for a report of a violation of town ordinance concerning solicitors. Officer Smith made contact with the complainant and she stated that someone had been attempting to solicit Spanish Main residents concerning roof repair. Officer Smith made with the man who stated he was unaware of the ordinance, and responded to Longboat Key Police Department to pick up an permit application.


Suspicious person

2:18 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Harbor Cove Circle for a suspicious person call. Prior to arriving at the location, Officer Nazareno was flagged down by the caller who stated that the white female subject in her 40’s was standing on the street and appeared to be talking to herself for approximately an hour. The caller further stated that the female subject was picked up by a gray SUV, unknown make/model and tag a few minutes prior to Officer Nazareno’s arrival. The caller advised that she has never seen the female subject and was certain that she does not live in the area. Officer Nazareno conducted an area canvass in the area which yielded negative results.


Sept. 3

Citizen dispute

9:35 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to the Bank located at Bay Isles Parkway in regards to a dispute that occurred between a customer and the bank manager. Upon Officer Bergeron’s arival, he met with the manager. The manager advised that on Sept. 2, a customer came in with an issue over a payment made to his care giver. The manager advised that she attempted to assist the customer, but he was upset with the options he was provided with to take care of the issue. The manager advised that the customer continued to get upset and began calling her a bitch and at one point said he was going to punch her in the face. Officer Bergeron asked the manager if the customer made any attempt to strike her. She advised no. Officer Bergeron asked the manager if she felt threatened. She advised no. It should be noted that the customer is an elderly man and uses a walker. Officer Bergeron asked the manager if she wished to file charges. She stated no, she advised that she only needed a report to have the customer removed. The manager did sign a waiver of prosecution and was also given Marcy’s Law paperwork. Officer Bergeron only obtained the customer’s name. No personal information was given and it was not available via DAVID. The manager advised that the customer was a seasonal resident. Officer Bergeron gave the manager a departmental business card with a case number. Case clear.

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