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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending October 30, 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. 24

Vehicle assistance

10:38 a.m.

Officer Martinson spoke with a man who was the owner of a gray Volkwagen parked on the northwest corner of Firehouse Road and Broadway. The man said his vehicle was legally parked on the gravel along the east side of the road but it would not start back up. He said he is trying to get someone to come out and fix the vehicle but is having trouble since it is the weekend. He said he just wanted to inform the police and make sure that it was okay to leave his vehicle parked there for the time being. He provided his name and phone number and asked to be contacted if there was any issue with the vehicle. Case clear.

 

Traffic crash

1:28 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to a parking lot in reference to a traffic crash. Upon his arrival, Officer Nagell met with the complainant who advised that while backing out of his parking space he rubbed the driver side front bumper on a concrete pole. The incident occurred at 10 a.m. The complainant did not call as he did not think he needed a report. He contacted the rental agency who advised him to make a report. Officer Nagell provided him with a case numbr and business card and told him that a report would be completed by Monday.

 

Animal complaint

2:57 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to Broadway and Lois Avenue for a report of two dogs running loose. The caller who refused to give their name or area where the animals were did not wish to meet. Officer Nagell checked the area and did not locate any loose dogs.

 

Suspicious person

3:30 p.m.

Officer Martinson was dispatched to 5800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a call of a suspicious person. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson spoke with the caller who stated that a white man approximately 70 years old with gray hair and a beard was on the beach in front of his residence over the mean high-water line and on his property. When officers walked out to the beach the man was gone. Case clear.

 

Parking

7:57 p.m.

Officer Bergeron observed a silver Subaru parked closer than 30 feet from the stop sign posted. While writing the citation, the owner advised that she was told by the special duty officer that she could park there. Officer Bergeron asked her if she stayed on the gravel, and she said she had. Officer Bergeron advised her that she was parked closer than the 30 feet allowed to a stop sign. She apologized and Officer Bergeron advised her that he would void the citation amongst the confusion. Verbal warning.

 

Trespassing

7:06 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 7200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regards to a report of two male subjects with fishing poles trespassing on the complainant’s property. Upon Officer Bergeron’s arrival, the subjects were not on the property. A check of the Longboat Pass Bridge and surrounding area met with negative results in locating the subjects. The complainant advised he just wanted it reported.

 

Noise complaint

9:42 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Lands End in regards to an anonymous noise complaint. The complainant advised that there was loud music coming from a residence on Jewfish Key. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron walked to the marina and was able to hear music coming from the residence directly in front of the marina dock area. Sgt. Smith attempted to call the residence on the island but was unable to make contact. The dayshift marine unit will be advised for a follow up.

 

Noise complaint

11:03 p.m.

Officer Smith while on patrol in the area of Broadway, was approached by a resident that wished to stay anonymous. He said that the dogs in the backyard of Broadway have been barking for three hours. Officer Smith attempted to make contact with the resident, and received response upon knocking on the door. Officer Smith called the number on the vacation rental sign requesting the owner or renter contact him in reference to the barking dogs. Officers will continue to attempt to make contact with the resident. Case cleared.

 

Oct. 25

Suspicious person

7:30 a.m.

Officer Martinson responded to 2300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a call of a suspicious person. The caller stated that at the front entrance was a white male approximately 60 years old who did not know where he was. While en route to the area, the caller called back and said they found where the man lived and no longer needed police service. Case clear.

 

Traffic citation

1:28 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer while traveling southbound in the area of the 6200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive observed a vehicle transport parked on the roadway blocking the bicycle lane and partially on the roadway. Officer Schoepfer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. Officer Schoepfer made contact with the driver who stated while he was unloading a vehicle for a customer, the customer told him he could park on the roadway in front of the residence. Officer Schoepfer advised him the reason for the traffic stop was for parking and obstructing the dedicated bicycle lane. The man was issued a traffic citation. The vehicle transport truck was moved off the roadway so as not to be an obstruction to the vehicle and bicycle traffic. Case closed.

 

Citizen Assist

7:52 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 6400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a citizen assist. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno met with the caller who stated that she had lost the keys for her rental vehicle in the beach area of 6300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The caller and her family attempted to search the beach area for over an hour before calling 911. Officer Nazareno searched the beach area and the beach access, but were unable to find the car key and key fob for the rental vehicle. The rental vehicle was legally parked on the corner of the 6400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and General Harris. The caller contacted the rental company roadside assistance and was advised that they would not be able to assist her until Monday morning. Officer Nazareno remained on scene until the caller and her family were picked up by Uber.

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