On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending October 2, 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. 26

1:10 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Harbourside Drive in regard to a complaint of an audible alarm. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron located a small grey box on the side of the building that was sounding. Sgt. Smith arrived and asked for the Fire Department to respond. Security officers were on scene and was able to assist in entering the garage. Fire Department found that the alarm was part of the fire sprinkler and was malfunctioning. Security officers contacted the owners and the Fire Rescue provided them with information to have the system serviced. The property was secured and Fire Rescue cleared the area.


Boat floating

8:21 a.m.

Officer Carter met with the complainant who advised that he saw a smaller boat in the middle of the bay at around 6:30 a.m., he did not see anyone in it. Approximately two hours later he advised that the boat was in the mangroves. Officer Nagell and Officer Carter used vinoculars to see if there was anyone in distress  on the boat. They were able to see a smaller white boat with an orange object in the middle of it. They did not see anyone in the boat in distress. The officers contacted the marine unit to check on the boat. The complainant called back later to advise that he located the owner of the boat that had drifted away.




12:37 p.m.

Officer Nagell received a digital message from dispatch to contact the complainant who is currently in New York State. Officer Nagell made contact with him and he advised that there was a scam property listed on the internet in regard to a home on Longboat Key for rent. He denied any exchange of funds and stated that he spoke with the homeowner as well. He also advised that it was on a Craigslist ad. He didn’t want to contact any New York authorities and stated the reason for the call was just to let the police know. Information report written, no crime.


Agency assist

10:52 p.m.

Officer Smith responded to Ken Thompson Parkway in reference to a burglar alarm with a window break. Officer Smith made a check of the store while Sarasota Police Officers arrived and made a check of the restaurant. Officers saw the ordering window had been forced open and the cash register was located on the floor inside. Sarasota Police Department deployed the air unit and K9. A search of the area met with negative results. The owner passed on information gathered from security cameras, the individual that entered the restaurant appeared to look like a suspect that had broken into the building previously Sarasota County Dispatch relayed the vehicle information of the suspect and Officer Smith ran the vehicle tag through the Vigilant LPR. The return indicated that the suspect vehicle had entered onto Longboat Key south end at 10:35 p.m. Sarasota Police Department was provided copies of the history report for the suspect vehicle. Officer Smith placed the suspect’s vehicle tag into the system.


Sept. 27

11:45 a.m.

Officer Martinson responded to Harbour Oaks Drive regarding a noise complaint. Upon arrival, he spoke with the caller who stated he woke up at 8 a.m. when he heard a loud leaf blower outside coming from the rear of his house. The caller stated the leaf blower was being used by an employee of the golf course’s grounds keeping crew and believed that this was a violation of the town’s Noise Ordinance. Officer Martinson advised the caller that since it was after 8 a.m. and that it was ground keeping maintenance being done by the golf course that it was not against the noise ordinance. The caller then told Officer Martinson that on most other days the noise will begin at around 7 a.m. Officer Martinson advised him to call back if the noise starts before 8 a.m.


Citizen dispute

12:01 p.m.

Officer Martinson while on patrol, responded to Longboat Club Road on a call of a stolen vehicle which was later changed to a civil disturbance. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson met the complainant in the security building at the entrance of the property. The complainant stated she had just arrived back home to her condominium at approximately 5 p.m. last night from New York. She stated this morning when she walked down to her parking spot in the parking lot her white BMW was gone. She said that yesterday before she arrived back home she had broken up with her boyfriend and that he had moved out. She stated that she had both sets of car keys but believed that her now ex-boyfriend must have made a copy of the key and stole her vehicle. The complainant stated that before she left for New York she met her ex-boyfriend in the parking lot of Staples and said he parked his truck and then got into her vehicle and drove her to the airport. She stated that her ex-boyfriend had her vehicle and the keys while she was away but was under the impression he was going to return the vehicle to her condominium. Officer Martinson called the ex-boyfriend and he said that he had parked and then left the complainant’s vehicle back at the Staples parking lot. He stated that he needed his truck for his business so he drove her vehicle there and got his vehicle. He stated he had dropped off her car keys back at the condominium and told her where the vehicle was. The complainant said that her ex-boyfriend never told her that he had left her vehicle back at the parking lot and when she tried calling and texting him he would not answer or return her messages. Officer Martinson drove the complainant to the parking lot and located her vehicle.



3:25 p.m.

Officer Martinson while on patrol was dispatched to Sands Point Road on a call of trespassing. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson spoke with the caller who is an employee of the club. She stated she noticed two white males approximately 60-70 years old on their beach property who were not guests. She stated she approached the men and told them they were on private property and had to leave. She stated the men said they would leave after they were done swimming and started walking out towards the water. She stated she advised the men that they had to leave the property now and if they didn’t she would call the police. She stated one of the men became argumentative with her and asked her if she even knew the beach laws. She stated at this point she got on her radio to have someone call the police. Officer Martinson walked out onto the beach with the caller and observed that both of the men had moved all of their belongings further up north along the beach and were no longer on their property. The men had also m oved down past the high water line and were not on any private property. She stated that since the men were off the property she did not want them trespassed. She said she would call back if the men returned.


Sept. 28

Parking citation

11:38 a.m.

Officer Puccio while on patrol observed a vehicle parked in a No Parking zone on North Shore Road. Upon observing the violation, Officer Puccio issued the vehicle a parking citation. Upon issuing the ticket while he was completing his report, Officer Puccio was contacted by the owner of the vehicle who stated that she was only unloading her beach belongings and was going to move the vehicle when they were finished. Officer Puccio explained to the owner of the vehicle that he attempted to make contact with several subjects on the beach who he thought may have been the owner of the vehicle however was told that it was not their vehicle. Officer Puccio further explained that normally beachgoers drop off their belongings at the turn around with someone remaining with the vehicle and that the only person who has the authority to void the citation is the Chief of Police. Officer Puccio provided directions to the police department and address to the driver who stated she understood he was only doing his job. Nothing further.


Wanted person

10:26 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to St. Judes Drive for a warrant out of Seminole County for Grand Larceny. It was confirmed by dispatch and teletype. Officer Ascencio upon arrival, observed the subject sitting in his living room on his computer. The man answered the door and Officer Ascencio informed him why the officers were there. He stated he was not aware of the warrant. The man was calm and gathered his belongings. He was placed under arrest and handcuffed. The proper paperwork was completed and officers met with the Manatee County Transportation van.


Sept. 29

Unsecure premises

11:49 p.m.

Officer Martinson responded to Longboat Drive North regarding an open door. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson found the back sliding door along the east side of the residence wide open. Officer Martinson announced his presence and that he was with the police department but no one responded. As Officer Martinson looked inside the home from outside the door, nothing appeared out of place or disturbed. It appeared that the owners were gone because the outdoor items such as the grill, art, and water sport equipment were lying on the floor and on top of the bed. Officer Martinson announced his presence one more time and entered into the residence. As he was checking inside the house, a woman came walking in and stated she was a neighbor. She said the owners had left on Saturday and that she had the keys and was watching the house while they were away. She also checked inside the house and said nothing seemed to be missing or out of place. She stated she believed they must have just forgot to close and lock the door when they left. She was able to lock the door with the key and stated she would call them to let them know. Case clear.

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