On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending December 11, 2020

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

Nov. 30

Suspicious person

10:06 a.m.

Officer Martinson was dispatched to the beach access at 3475 Gulf of Mexico Drive on a call of a suspicious person. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson made contact with a man while he was sitting in a beach chair in the grassy area near the entrance to the beach access parking lot. The man stated he was homeless and was sitting in the chair at the entrance to the beach parking lot to protest because this is where all the money is. The man told Officer Martinson his first name but refused to give any more information. The man stated Officer Martinson should be able to get all of his information from the Bradenton Beach Police Department because he had been trespassed by them in the past. The man was not in violation of any ordinance or committing any crime. He was advised to be careful around all of the vehicle traffic along Gulf of Mexico Drive.


Psychological issues

10:11 a.m.

Officer Nagell, Sgt. Schoepfer and Officer Martin responded to a condominium unit that had a hoarder. Upon their arrival, the owner of the unit was agitated and defiant. Officer Nagell met with the ServPro vendor conducting the unit cleaning and found that the unit was to the point of uninhabitable. There were piles and piles of food, garbage, diapers and papers on the floor. The conditions inside were documented with photos. The unit owner appeared dirty and was having difficulty letting the vendor clean the garbage. She continued to say that items that were obvious trash were valuable and needed to be kept. In speaking with the woman, Officer Nagell feared that should she be left alone she was in no condition to care for herself and was obviously not caring for hygiene or taking her prescription medications. She told Officer Nagell she did not remember what medication she was on and stated to call the pharmacy for a list, however, she was not taking them regularly. Fire Rescue arrived and it was discovered that she was a diabetic which was not being managed. Officer Nagell placed her into protective custody and she was transported via ambulance to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. Case closed.

Lost property

3:14 p.m.

Officer Nagell met the complainant in the lobby of the Police Department. He related that while he was at the beach access when he was unable to find his black and green backpack. The complainant advised that his important papers, wallet and phone charger were located in the backpack. The complainant stated that he found a note handwritten that his backpack was at the police department, however a check with property and evidence was negative for any such item. The complainant refused to fill out a statement form and only wished to have a case number. When asked if he knew who took the backpack he replied some white guy in a white Mercedes with a California tag. The complainant abruptly stopped and stated that he was fine and didn’t need any further assistance. Officer Nagell provided him with a case number.


Dec. 1

Suspicious boat

9:11 a.m.

Officer Martinson was dispatched to Dream Island Road on a call of a suspicious boat. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson was met by the call and she walked the officer around to the back of the house to the seawall. There Officer Martinson observed a 1974 Sea King fiberglass boat had drifted up along the seawall and was floating in the water. Officers were able to get a rope from inside the boat and tie it off. Officer Martinson ran the vessel tag through dispatch and it came back clear with the registered owner’s information. The owner didn’t live on the island so Officer Martinson searched his name over the internet and found a phone number. Officer Martinson called the number but no one answered. Officer Martinson left a voicemail for the owner telling him who he was and where the boat was. At that time, Officer Martinson had not received a return call. Officer Martinson advised the complainant that he was unable to get in contact with the owner of the boat at this time, she said they would leave the boat tied up for a couple of days in case they were able to find the owner and for him to get his boat. She started after a couple of days pass they would call the coast guard about removing the boat. The caller was given a case number.


Dec. 2

Agency assistance

9:42 a.m.

Officer Connors was dispatched to the area of Siesta Key North Bridge to assist the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit with a report of a reckless 60 foot Sport Fishing boat that may have caused damage to other boats via the vessels wake. Upon arrival, Officer Connors located the 60-foot vessel transiting north just south of the Siesta Key North Bridge in the Intercoastal Waterway. Officer Connors advised the captain of the reported incident and to stand by while he picked up Marine Deputy Fandozzi from the nearby Nora Patterson Park. Once back alongside the vessel, Deputy Fandozzi retrieved the vessel and owner/operator information. The information was forwarded to the investigating department, FWC.


Elevator rescue

10:04 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to a condominium in reference to an elevator rescue call. Officer Hodo arrived and was advised by security that the occupants got out of the elevator without further incident. At this time, Officer Hodo conducted no further investigation.


Missing kayak

1:05 p.m.

Officer Connors spoke to a party in regard to a blue sit-on style kayak that had gone missing around the time of tropical storm Eta. The party advised that kayak was on a rack storage at the end of the property in the vicinity of Buttonwood Harbor. Officer Connors advised that no kayaks have been turned in but would take a report and be on the lookout during his water patrol.



12:12 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Outrigger Lane in reference to a burglary alarm at that location. While en route, Officer Puccio was notified by Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Dispatch that proper alarm code was received and they did not need any further assistance from the Longboat Key Police. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio made contact with the cleaning service who advised they accidentally set off the alarm but had given the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch the alarm code.


Dec. 3

Missing person

1:11 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to the 5100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a missing person. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio made contact with the complainant who related his wife had gone out for a walk around 10 a.m. and had not returned. The complainant advised his wife had no medical issues and this was out of the ordinary. At that point, a sector search was conducted by Officer Connors via ATV along the beach. The wife was found just north of a beach resort. She stated all was in order and she lost track of time. She was transported back to her husband and related she didn’t require medical attention. Nothing further to report.


Car vs. carport

4:09 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Sands Point Road in reference to a Fed Ex truck that had backed into a carport at the location and had departed. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by the complainant who is the Association Manager and she related that at approximately 3:45 p.m. Fed Ex was delivering a package when the completed the delivery, the driver backed into the adjacent carport causing damage to the structure.  The complainant advised that her maintenance person witnessed the accident and attempted to call down from the second floor to get the driver’s attention, however the driver departed. The complainant provided information from the FedEx package that was relayed to Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Dispatch in an attempt to locate the driver, however the information needed wasn’t located on the package. Officer Puccio then proceeded to the gate shack at the entrance and made contact with the guard gate who related that they do obtain vehicle tag numbers of all vehicles entering, however she didn’t have access to the system but would advise her supervisor who could obtain that information in the morning. Upon receiving this information from the guard gate, Officer Puccio made contact with the complainant who stated she would contact the security supervisor and obtain the FedEx vehicle tag and relay that information to the police department. Photos of the damage were taken and submitted into evidence. The complainant estimated the damage to be approximately $1,000 and there were no injuries sustained during the incident. Nothing further.

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