On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending November 6, 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. 31

Flowers being cut

3:54 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a civil dispute of flowers being cut on the property line by a neighbor. Officers arrived and contacted the complainant. The complainant stated that he has been having an ongoing issue with the neighbor respecting his property line. The complainant stated that the neighbor had cut some flowers on his property line without his permission. The complainant stated that he called the police to make a report. Officers contacted the neighbor. The neighbor stated that they cut the flowers that were hanging over onto their property. The neighbor stated that they have been having an ongoing issue with the neighbor for years. The neighbor stated that the complainant keeps getting confused on the property line issue. The neighbor made no further comments. Officers noted that the residences are literally connected together and its confusing where the property line is determined. At this time, officers conducted no further investigation. Case clear.


Nov. 1

Agency Assistance

6:45 a.m.

Officer Puccio responded to 5200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a pool pump heater smoking needing fire assistance. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by Longboat Key Fire and Rescue who were attending to the pool pump heater which was omitting fire sparks. Longboat Key Fire Department determined there to be a gas leak in the pool pump and shut off the main gas valve. Longboat Key Fire Department stated that TECO was en route to address the gas leak and they did not need any further assistance from the Police Department. Nothing further.


Injured bird

10:54 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to an injured bird. Officer Hodo arrived and could not locate anyone or an injured bird after searching the area. At this time, no further investigation.


Noise complaint

1:08 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Emerald Harbor Drive in reference to a noise complaint due to tree work being done on Sunday against Town Ordinance. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio contacted the owner of the tree service and advised him that he could not conduct work on Sunday which was in violation of the ordinance. The man related he was not aware of this ordinance and immediately ceased work without incident. Officer Puccio then made contact with the complainant and advised him that the tree work was stopped for the day and extended the man’s apology for not knowing about the town ordinance.


Nov. 2

Waste Management harassment

12:34 p.m.

Officer Martinson spoke with a complainant on the phone regarding an unknown male threatening his waste management truck driver. The complainant stated that one of his drivers was picking up garage from the dumpster at the restaurant located at Broadway. He stated while the driver was collecting the garbage when an unknown white male, 50 years of age, and stocky build approached the driver and threatened to drag him out of the truck and beat him up for driving down his street. He said the unknown man never attempted to assault the driver but yelled at him for approximately 15 minutes. The complainant stated they had a similar incident happen several months ago and was told an officer had spoken to the man about his behavior and up until now there had not been any more problems. The complainant stated his driver was not doing anything illegal and that he checked the speed driven in the truck on that date and the driver never went over 25 mph. He said if he knew exactly what street the man lived on he would tell his driver to use a different route to avoid further confrontations. Officer Martinson advised the complainant to tell his driver to call 911 right away if the man ever comes back and makes threats. Case clear.


Boating accident

5:01 p.m.

Officer Martinson responded to Harbourside Drive on a call of a boat crash. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson spoke with the victim next to his vessel which was a navy blue 49 foot yacht. He said he was down in the engine room of the boat doing some maintenance when all of a sudden the whole boat shook. When he came up from the engine room he observed a white Hatteras yacht boating away from his vessel and dock. The victim’s boat sustained a broken stringer due to the boat crash. The victim stated he was not injured. Officer Martinson then spoke with the driver of the white Hatteras. He said he was trying to turn his vessel around inside the marina to dock when the rear swim platform struck the side of the victim’s boat. The driver said he was at fault and apologized. The victim stated he was not injured. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation was contacted and coming out to the scene to handle the boat crash. The victim and driver were both given a business card with the case number.



5:36 p.m.

Officer Martinson was dispatched to 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to fraud. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson met with the victim in the front lobby of the police station. He stated he was contacted by Life Lock on Aug. 29 and informed that an unknown person had used his name, social security number and home address to apply for a small business loan for $30,000. He said Life Lock told him whatever bank the unknown person attempted to get the loan from had denied the application and he did not sustain any monetary loss. He stated he contacted the credit agencies and froze his credit. The man stated the Federal Trade Commission was already investigating the incident. The victim was given a Marsy’s Law packet and invokes his confidentiality rights. The signed form was later placed into the completed forms mailbox.


Nov. 4


4:44 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Bay Isles Parkway in reference to a fraudulent prescription received by the on-duty pharmacist who is the complainant. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio made contact with the listed complainant who related that she is the on duty pharmacist and at 3:49 p.m. she received a prescription for codeine via fax which she determined to be fraudulent. The complainant related that she made contact with the listed doctor on the prescription who related that in fact he had not issued any such prescription and had no patient by the name on the prescription. The complainant further related that she checked her patient data base and found no individual by that name as a customer. The complainant provided a copy of the fraudulent prescription and Officer Puccio attempted to contact the number of the individual however met with negative results as the number is no longer in service. The complainant was provided with a Marsy’s Law information brochure which she invoked by signature. Nothing further.

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