On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending October 23, 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. 16


2:16 a.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to Bogey Lane to meet with the complainant. He wanted to make it a matter of record that at 7:30 p.m. a vehicle almost hit him and his wife. The complainant stated they were crossing the crosswalk on foot near Longboat Club Road and Gulf of Mexico Drive. He added that the yellow flashing light was activated at the crosswalk. Northbound vehicles had stopped, but a vehicle heading south did not. He was unable to give a description of a vehicle or a driver. He added that he thinks the crosswalk lights should be red and not yellow so people know to stop. Nothing further needed.


Suspicious vehicle

9:26 p.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a suspicious vehicle. Complainant stated that the trailer was parked int eh middle of the street and people may be living in it. Upon arrival, Officer Smith observed a legally parked trailer and no one was living in it. Officer Smith met with the owner who stated that they had just arrived to visit family. All was found to be okay. It should be noted that the complainant did not wish to meet.


Oct. 17

Citizen assist

2:38 a.m.

Officer Smith while finishing a property check at 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, was approached by the complainant. He said he had been driving for a long time and was looking for a hotel. He said he was very tired and not sure where to go. Officer Smith was met at the location by Officer Tillman. He seemed to have a good idea of where he was and was able to answer officers’ questions. Officers ran the complainant’s driver’s license, everything came back okay, and the individual was checked out medically and was okay. Officers were able to find him a hotel in Sarasota. The individual didn’t have a telephone and didn’t want officers to call anyone for him. Case clear.


Boating crasher

12:33 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol, was dispatched to Marina Jacks to assist Sarasota Marine Unit with a report of a reckless boater who was crashing into numerous boats. Upon arrival, it was determined that the impaired operator struck approximately five boats in the marina causing extensive damage. No injuries were reported and Officer Connors stayed on scene to assist until no further police services were needed. Case clear.



8:19 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to a residence to a report of a fraud. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman spoke to a juvenile victim and the mother of the victim who stated the the victim’s Xbox username had been changed by an unknown user. The victim stated that he was playing on his Xbox when he had communication with someone online and he said that the only usual thing was the person was asking about his username and password. The victim stated that he never revealed the information to the person, but now his information has been changed and he is locked out of Xbox. The Xbox username is attached to the credit card and has been used since the incident. The credit card company has been notified of the issue and has cancelled any transactions that have occurred. The exact amount of the amount used on the credit card was not revealed by the company. Xbox was notified and a message was left by the victim making them aware of the incident. Marcy’s law was also invoked and signed by both the parent and victim.


Burglar alarm

8:50 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to a residence for a report of a possible burglar alarm. The call was reported by a neighbor across the canal that could hear an alarm coming from the residence. Upon arrival and a check of the residence, revealed that the residence was secure and currently under construction. A further investigation revealed that the residence has 360 degrees surveillance cameras of the premises. It was determined that the noise was actually crickets, that have appeared to have been an alarm sound. Case closed.


Oct. 18

Water line break

6:34 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Harbourside Drive in reference to a water line break. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by Longboat Key Fire and Rescue who were attending to the water issue and stated they did not need any further assistance from the police department. Nothing further to report.



8:20 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Gunwale Lane in reference to a residential burglary alarm. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio and Sgt. Cooper conducted a complete exterior check of the residence which was all secure with no signs of foul play or forced entry. The home is a new build and not occupied at the time. An attempt to locate the keyholder information met with negative results and nothing is on record. Nothing further.


Animal complaint

10:07 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Bayfront Park in reference to a dog fight. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio made contact with the complainant who related that she was in the public dog park with her dog who is seven months old when he was involved in an altercation with another dog. The complainant stated the other dog became very aggressive and grabbed her dog by the neck. The complainant believed that the owner of the other dog did not take control of his dog fast enough which could have resulted in her dog being seriously harmed. At the time of the incident, all dogs at the park were off leash. Officer Puccio asked if her dog was hurt and the complainant said he was not and was only traumatized by the incident. Officer Puccio requested to see the dog to ensure he didn’t have any obvious visible signs of injury which he did not and appeared to be acting normal at that time. The complainant requested Officer Puccio make contact with the owner of the other dog and advise him to take better control of his dog in the future. At that point, Officer Puccio made contact with the owner of the other dog who was still inside the gated dog park with many other dog owners and dogs playing together. The man related that he believed that the complainant’s dog was acting skittish and may have caused the altercation but understood the complainant’s concern. All parties departed without further incident. Nothing further to report.


Boating warning

1:19 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol in the area of Jewfish Key and observed a personal watercraft operating on plane, with an excessive wake in a posted ‘slow speed, minimum wake’ zone. Officer Connors conducted a stop on the personal watercraft and advised the operator of the violation. Officer Connors issued the operator a verbal warning and was educated on the violation. Case clear.


Gun in rental car

6:15 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a suspicious incident of a gun found in a rental car. Officers arrived and contacted the complainant. The complainant stated that she rented a vehicle from Enterprise Rental Car in Lakewood Ranch. The complainant stated that she got to the address and could not locate her cell phone. The complainant stated she wnet to look for her phone in between the front driver side seat and discovered a small caliber gun. The complainant stated that she called the rental car company and advised them of the incident. The complainant stated that she called the police to retrieve the gun. The complainant made no further comments. Officers took possession of the firearm and made it safe. Officers found no form identification for an owner. Officers issued the complainant at copy of the property receipt. Officers placed the firearm into evidence.

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