On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending October 16, 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. 8

Parking citation

11:38 a.m.

Officer Puccio while on patrol, observed a vehicle parked next to the No Parking sign located at North Shore Road. Upon observing the violation, Officer Puccio issued the vehicle a parking citation. Upon issuing the ticket, while Officer Puccio was completing his report, 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 Longboat Key Police Department and address to the driver who stated she understood and that Officer Puccio was only doing his job. Nothing further. Case closed.


Found phone

1:40 p.m.

Officer Connors, while on marine patrol in the area of Greer Island, was flagged down by a party who advised that he found an LG smart cell phone and wanted to turn it in. The cell phone was retrieved, issued an evidence tag, and placed into the evidence locker. Case clear.


Found driver’s license

2:00 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Norton Street in reference to a found Florida Driver’s License by the complainant. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio made contact with the listed complainant who related that he had found the driver’s license on the roadway and attempted to locate the listed owner via the internet, however, met with negative results. Officer Puccio obtained said found property from the complainant and issued him a property receipt. The found Florida Driver’s license was turned into property for processing. Nothing further to report.


Suspicious person

3:39 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Exeter Drive in reference to a suspicious person call who may need medical attention at the pool area. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio and Sgt. Cooper made contact with the subject in question who is a unit owner and related that he tripped over his toe which caused a minor cut on his left arm which he related he needed no medical attention at this time. The resident stated he appreciated the officers checking on him and continued his afternoon by the pool. Nothing further to report. Case clear.


Citizen assist

5:55 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Yardarm Lane in reference to a boat that had slipped off the lift due to a broken cable. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio and Officer Connors made contact with the complainant who related that his 37-foot Carver was on the boat lift when a cable broke causing the stern end to be submerged partially in the water. The complainant related that all power to the lift was off and that he was contacting a marine company to respond and handle the situation. The complainant further related that there were no injuries sustained during the incident.  Nothing further to report.


Wanted person

9:26 p.m.

Officer Ascencio, Officer Tillman and Sgt. Smith responded to St. Judes Drive for a warrant. The warrant was out of Seminole County for Grand Larceny. It was confirmed by dispatch and teletype. Officer Ascencio had prior knowledge of the arrestee’s warrant when he observed him disregarding a stop sign, but could not safely conduct a traffic stop. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio observed the arrestee sitting in his living room working on his computer. The arrestee answered the door and informed him why the police were there. He stated he was not aware of the warrant. The arrestee was calm and gathered his belongings. He was placed under arrest and handcuffed, double locked with his hands behind his back. The proper paperwork was completed and Officer Ascencio met the Manatee County Transportation van at the corner of Manatee Avenue and 75th Street.


Oct. 9

Unsecured premises

1:34 a.m.

Officer Ascencio was conducting business checks when he found the front door unlocked. Officer Ascencio did a thorough check of the business and found nothing that appeared disturbed or out of place. There was no sign of forced entry or damage to the business. Officer Ascencio was able to contact the keyholder for the business. He was able to secure the business.


Suspicious incident

12:34 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to 300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a suspicious incident call involving several 911 hang ups from that location where the television and voices could be heard. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio made contact with the homeowner who advised that they were having telephone line issues and that everything was in order. Nothing further to report. Case clear.



1:47 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a family disturbance call at the location that had occurred earlier today. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio and Officer Hodo made contact with the complainant who related that she was being repeatedly contacted by her ex-boyfriend via the telephone and text messaging. The complainant related that he had come over to her residence earlier where a minor verbal altercation ensued over his use of drugs and not refraining from using them as he had in the past. The complainant made it clear with him, not to contact her and to solicit assistance for his drug use. The complainant stated that only verbal altercations have ensued between them and it was not physical. She stated that she had discussed with her attorney about the possibility of obtaining a restraining order and was given the process of issuing a trespass warning if he returns. The complainant was advised to call back if he returns and needs any further assistance. Nothing further to report. Case cleared.

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