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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending September 11, 2020

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

Sept. 5

Citizen dispute

8:28 a.m.

Officer Tillman was dispatched in reference to an ongoing civil dispute. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman spoke with the above complainant who stated a person she knows yelled at her from across the parking lot, “ Look at me, Bitch Look at me”. The complainant proceeded to her vehicle and wanted the incident documented. A canvas of the area revealed no cameras that would have captured this event. According to the complainant the person who was yelling at her is in the court proceedings as being evicted from the property.

 

Dog on the beach

11:54 a.m.

Officer Tillman responded to a reported a dog on the beach. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman observed a brown and tan pit bull breed dog on the beach. The owner was advised of the town ordinance and asked to exit the beach with their dog. The owner was written a warning citation for the offense. The owner stated that the person who rented them a place did not mention that dogs were not allowed on the beach.

 

Rescue assist

6:27 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Falmouth Drive Unit in reference to a 86-year-old male patient needing medical assistance. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by Longboat Key Fire and Rescue who were attending to the male patient and stated they did not need any further assistance from the Longboat Key Police Department. LBK FD would be transporting the male patient to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Nothing further to report.

 

Sept. 6

Citizen assist

3:30 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Harbouside Drive in reference to a water main break by the listed complainant at that location. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was notified by Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Dispatch that the complainant had advised that the building maintenance personnel had fixed the issue and he no longer needed a Longboat Key Police Department response. Nothing further to report. Case cleared.

 

Fire alarm

3:38 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to 5200 block of Gulf Of Mexico Dr, in reference to a fire alarm. Officer Hodo arrived and was advised by the fire department that the alarm was false. At this time Officer Hodo conducted no further investigation. Case Status: Case Cleared.

 

Boat warning

9:19 a.m.

Officer Connors observed a boat operating on plane, with an excessive wake, in a posted “Slow Speed, Minimum wake” zone. Officer Connors conducted a vessel stop and advised the operator of the violation. During the stop, Officer Connors conducted a safety check of the vessel in which the operator was in compliance. Officer Connors issued the operator a verbal warning and was educated on the violation. Case clear.

 

Suspicious person

9:44 a.m.

Officer Tillman responded to a report of three subjects and several dogs on the beach. According to dispatch notes the complainant reported a vehicle was seen parked illegally in a barricaded area. Officer Tillman checked both North Shore Road and the Broadway Street beach access and was unable to make contact with the described incident. Officer Tillman did repair some broken police tape at both locations.

 

Missing person

12:48 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to Bay Isles Parkway on a report of a missing person. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio met the complainant who stated the person of interest went into the Publix Liquor Store and she waited outside. She stated she never observed him leave the store, but got suspicious when he did not come out after a few minutes. She stated she checked all the other stores in the area before calling the police. Officer Ascencio gathered the missing person’s information and relayed it to other officers on the key. As Officer Ascencio was checking the businesses on Bay Isles Road, he received an update for dispatch that the person was at Grand Bay Blvd at the security gate house. There Officer Ascencio met the missing person. He appeared to be in good health and uninjured. Medical attention was refused. He stated he just wanted to walk home.

 

Parking citation

1:21 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to an illegally parked vehicle at the beach access. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman located the vehicle parked at the beach access. A Parking Citation was issued for illegal parking to the registered owner of the vehicle. Upon approaching the parking location is a sign clearly marked as No Parking. The sign is white with red lettering affixed to a standard metal pole. This incident was captured on Longboat Key Police video camera. The citation was left on the windshield of the cited vehicle with proper mailing instructions.

 

Boat warning

2:50 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol in Jewfish Key, observed a boat, operating on plane, with an excessive wake, in a posted “Slow Speed, Minimum wake” zone. Officer Connors conducted a vessel stop and advised the operator of the violation. During the stop, he conducted a safety check of the vessel in which the operator was in compliance. Officer Connors issued the operator a verbal warning and was educated on the violation.

 

Parking warning

5:38 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to an anonymous caller reporting an illegally parked White Ford Mustang in front of the business. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman located the white Ford Mustang in which was legally parked. The owner was working at the restaurant and asked if the vehicle was legally parked. Officer Tillman advised her that the vehicle was legally parked and no action was needed on her part. A video is available on Longboat Key Police video camera. No further action is needed. The vehicle was ran through DAVID and was not stolen. Case Status: Closed.

 

Sea turtle assist

5:49 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol, received a call from Mote Marine regarding a turtle acting lethargic. Upon arrival, with the assistance of Mote Marine, the turtle was retrieved, brought to shore, and transported to the MOTE Marine for recovery.

 

Suspicious person

6:00 p.m.

Officer Martinson and Officer Kolodzieski responded to a liquor store on a call of a suspicious person. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson met with the caller (employee) inside the front entrance of the business near the checkout register. The caller stated there was Hispanic 40-year-old male, 5’9”, heavy build, and wearing a white shirt and yellow pants in the liquor store shopping not wearing a face mask. The caller stated that another customer shopping in the store complained to him about the male not wearing a face mask. The caller stated when he told the male that he needed to put on a face mask he became extremely upset and started yelling. The caller stated he told the male he needed to leave so the male left but walked out with a 12 pack of bottled Stella Artois beer without paying. The caller followed the male outside and told the male he had to either put the beer back or pay for it. The caller stated the male returned the beer and then left in a white four door sedan. The caller stated he did not want an attempted theft report.

 

Burglar alarm

8:38 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Harbour Oaks Drive in reference to a residential burglary alarm at that location. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio conducted a complete exterior check of the residence which was all secure with no signs of foul play or forced entry. The rear of the residence could not be accessed as it backs up to a retention pond but appeared in order. While going on scene the alarm company contacted SSO and attempted to cancel the police response however was advised the unit was already on scene. During the alarm event we were experiencing heavy rain and lightning which may have been the cause of the alarm. Case clear.

 

Suspicious incident

9:20 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to 5700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a suspicious incident in which the complainants alarm to his vehicle which was parked under the designated area had gone off. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio met with the complainant who related that at around 9 p.m., he heard his vehicle alarm and looked out in the parking lot where he observed a small dark colored sedan depart the parking lot with its lights off and proceed southbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive. The complainant related that the only time the alarm will go off is if it is manipulated and he thought the vehicle which he observed might be responsible. The complainant related that his car was locked and nothing was disturbed and when Officer Puccio made a check of the vehicle there were no signs of forced entry. Additionally, Officer Puccio made a check of the surrounding vehicles park in the area and did not observe any other signs of foul play or forced entry. A check of the entire complex for the vehicle in question was made however met with negative results. Nothing further to report. Case cleared.

 

Sept. 7

Citizen dispute

11:08 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to the Longboat Key Police Department in regards to a citizen dispute. Upon my arrival, Officer Bergeron met with the complainant. The complainant advised that the individual named in the previous report is now coming outside and yelling profanities at him and his wife when they are getting things ready on the boat. The complainant wanted advice on what to do. Officer Bergeron advised him to ignore the individual and contact this agency to get further information on why this individual feels the need to yell at him for no reason. The complainant thanked Officer Bergeron for the advice. Case clear.

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