On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending October 9, 2020

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

Oct. 4

Noise complaint

11:45 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to 6300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive regarding a noise complainant due to new construction occurring on Sunday by a caller who did not wish to meet with the Police. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio spoke with the job superintendent and informed him that construction work conducted on Sunday is not permitted on Longboat Key per the Town’s Ordinance. The superintendent instructed his crew to cease all work for the day without incident.


Oct. 5

Bird on balcony

8:54 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 1000 Longboat Club Road for an animal rescue call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the caller who advised that an Osprey was unable to fly away from her balcony. The caller was unable to determine if the bird was injured. Officer Nazareno remained on scene until relieved by Sarasota County Animal Services Unit. The bird flew away from the balcony as the Animal Services Unit was preparing her equipment.


Oct. 6

Traffic hazard

5:24 p.m.

Officer Martinson was dispatched to Ranger Lane on a call of a Road Obstruction. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson observed a very large branch from a tree in the front yard of Ranger Lane had broken off and was partially blocking the street. Officer Martinson spoke with the homeowner and he stated he was going to use his chainsaw to cut back the branches that were in the street for now and then call a tree service to come out and remove the rest of the tree branch. Over half of the road was still open and it was easily wide enough for vehicles to drive around the branches that were in the street until the owner was able to remove them. Sgt. Schoepfer was notified and the street department did not respond.


Oct. 7

Found property

10:40 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Hornblower Lane in reference to a small boat that had drifted to the listed complainants dock. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio made contact with the listed complainant who related that he had discovered an 8 foot Pelican Scorpio “Dingee” boat which had drifted to the end of the canal overnight. The complainant related that he did not know who the owners were and there were no identifying numbers on the boat to be able to locate an owner. The complainant secured the boat to his dock and would await the arrival of Longboat Key Police Department Marine Officer Connors to arrive and retrieve the boat. Officer Puccio made contact with Officer Connors and briefed him regarding this case. Officer Connors advised he would respond and make contact with the complainant and take possession of the boat which would be brought back to Longboat Key Police Department and secured. Nothing further to report. Case cleared.


Property damage

1:37 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Broadway in reference to property damage (Boat Dock). Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the complainant (Restaurant Manager). The complainant stated that a customer was coming in to eat from the water in a boat when he hit the dock damaging a lighting system. The complainant stated that he cannot estimate the damage on the dock area. The complainant stated that he called the police to make report. Officer Hodo spoke to the boat driver who stated that he was attempting to dock his boat and hit the lighting system hanging below the walk way area causing damage. Officer Hodo observed the minor damaged to the boat dock.

Officer Hodo noted that the boat was a 23-foot Cobia, outboard, white in color. Officer Hodo gave all parties involved case report number. At this time writer conducted no further investigation. Case clear.



3:04 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol observed sailing vessel moored to the Linley St. dock, next to the posted sign, “No Mooring”. Due to the owner of the vessel being deceased, Officer Connors spoke to a party who commonly resides on the vessel. He advised that the last time he was on the vessel was yesterday and that it was anchored approximately 100 yards away from the dock. He stated that the anchors must have dragged and someone had tied the vessel to the dock. Officer Connors advised him of the Longboat Key Town Ordinance in regards to mooring. He advised that he would have the vessel removed ASAP.


Snake in kitchen

7:51 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to a residence with a reported snake in the kitchen. Upon arrival Officer Tillman spoke with the complainant who stated that the snake is described as approximately 2 feet in length and is brown with a diamond signature. Officer Tillman was unable to locate the snake and advised the complainant to call back if he could get a location. Animal Services was cancelled due to being unable to locate the snake.


Disorderly conduct

8:20 p.m.

Officer J. Ascencio responded to 400 block Gulf of Mexico Drive on a report of a verbal disturbance. Upon arrival, one of the parties had already left the property and the other party was in the process of leaving. The subject refused to give his name or information. The subject did not commit a crime and was escorted to his vehicle. He then left the property without incident. The restaurant management, complainant was satisfied with the outcome of the call.


Oct. 8

Suspicious person

9:16 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to a report on a suspicious persons. According to dispatch notes, the complainant was able to obtain the listed vehicles Florida license tag. The suspicious persons were last seen by the complainant going door to door and travelling in an easterly direction on Gunwale Lane. The suspicious persons were both wearing blue shorts with white shirts. One individual was described by the complainant as a w/m, approximately 30 years of age, 6 feet tall, and spoke with an English accent not known to this region. Upon arrival, Sgt. Smith and Officer Tillman canvased the area and contact was unable to be made with the vehicle. The canvas did reveal several packages were noticed on a neighbor’s front porch. The complainant did not wish to speak with officers. Dispatch attempted to find additional information on the above Florida license plate. and was unable to do so. Officer Tillman also ran the given Florida License tag several different ways in David and was unable to get any additional information. No further information on the vehicle can be determined at the time of the report. No other similar incidents have been reported in the area and this seems to have been an isolated incident. Case clear.


Oct. 9

Animal complaint

3:23 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to the area of Poinsettia and Cedar Street on a report a barking dog. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio was able to track the dog to Poinsettia. The offender stated he did not here the dog barking. The offender was given a verbal warning for the noise. Case clear.


Parking violation

3:49 a.m.

Officer Ascencio while on patrol in Lois Avenue observed an illegally parked vehicle. The vehicle was parked in a location where parking is prohibited between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Parking citation was issued to the owner and left on the windshield of the vehicle. The violation was recorded on cruiser camera. Case clear.


Traffic violation

8:58 a.m.

Officer Nagell received a hit from the Vigilant ALPRS system located at Bay Isles Pkwy and Gulf of Mexico Drive on a 2018 White Dodge Truck. The hit indicated the registration had expired. Officer Nagell confirmed the hit through NCIC and David. Officer Nagell located the vehicle in the 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and initiated a traffic stop. Officer Nagell made contact with the registered owner and advised him of the status of his registration. The driver advised that he was having issues with SUNPASS and DHSMV and was aware of the expired registration. He provided Officer Nagell with documentation to the same. The officer issued the driver a written warning for the violation. The stop was captured on Vehicle 02 video. Case closed with written warning.


Traffic hazard

11:16 a.m.

Officer Martinson was dispatched to 6300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a call of a Traffic Hazard. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson observed a white Comcast Nissan truck parked on the easement in front of the address with approximately half of the rear driver side tire in the bike lane. Officer Martinson spoke to the driver who stated when he parked he did not realize the rear tire was in the bike lane and apologized. The driver moved the truck further onto the property completely out of the bike lane. The driver was advised and given a verbal warning. Case clear.

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