Fourth of July crisis
3:36 p.m. — 4800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Larceny. A man reported his barbecue grill was missing.
9:31 p.m. — 700 block of St. Judes Drive North. Code Enforcement. A woman reported that a neighbor’s light was shining too brightly into her bedroom at night, which caused her not to be able to see the sunrise. The neighbor unscrewed the bulb and promised to dim the light.
Be on your best behavior
11:31 a.m. — 2500 block of GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman reported three men trespassing on condominium property, illegally parking their car there and cursing in the parking lot. They were guests of a neighbor and promised to behave themselves in the common areas of the property.
9:49 p.m. — 600 block of Linley Street. Property Damage. A man reported that a tree fell on his sport utility vehicle during a strong thunderstorm.
Stolen item recovered
10:10 p.m. — 2600 block of GMD. Bicycle. A resort employee reported a bicycle was left in some bushes. The bicycle had been reported stolen and was delivered to the police station.
Fast and the furious
11:10 p.m. — 300 block of GMD. Property Damage. A resort employee told police that someone drove a car through the driveway exit gate and tore the gate arm from the gate, causing $500 worth of damage. The car was moving so fast that the guard couldn’t provide a description of it.
Just blowing smoke
6:25 p.m. — 5200 block of GMD. Fire. A man reported a possible structure fire in the area, but no fire was detected.
8:12 p.m. — 5500 block of GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A Key resident told police that while he was walking in Joan M. Durante Park with his wife, they heard someone yelling that they had a gun and weren’t afraid to shoot people. Police couldn’t locate the subject, and no one else in the park heard someone yelling and threatening people with a gun.
Doesn’t check out
8:45 p.m. — 5700 block of GMD. Suspicious Person. A man reported a woman with checkered shorts in the brush near the entrance to Spanish Main Yacht Club. A bicycle, which was the property of Cedars Tennis and Fitness Club, was located and returned. The woman could not be located.
Shred of evidence
9:48 p.m. — 400 block of GMD. Traffic Violation. Police noticed a woman driving northbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive at a slow rate of speed. The car’s passenger-side front tire was flat and nearly shredded. The woman told police she just needed to get to the Longboat Key Publix, but, for safety reasons, police forced her to abandon the car and wait for the tow truck on the side of the road.
12:37 a.m. — 800 block of Broadway. Suspicious Person. Three fishermen told police they were holed up in a tent (put up for Fourth of July festivities at restaurants) to escape the rain. One of the men was later issued a ticket for driving with a suspended driver’s license.
Fourth of July pre-party
12:03 a.m. — 5300 block of GMD. Noise Disturbance. A woman reported a loud party, and police found four adults sitting on a porch talking. Police spoke to the group, and they agreed to call it a night.
Walking it off
11:01 p.m. — 4600 block of GMD. Suspicious Person. Police saw an intoxicated man, who wasn’t wearing shoes, walking down Gulf of Mexico Drive. He was lost and told police he had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend’s father. He was returned to his resort unit.
Unsafe item recovered
1:11 p.m. — Beer Can Island. Found Property. Beach patrol found a dirty syringe on Beer Can Island and disposed of it in a biohazard receptacle at the police station.
2:08 p.m. — 700 block of St. Judes Drive North. Public Service. A cable line was hanging so low that the garbage could not be picked up on the street, because the garbage truck couldn’t get through. The cable company was called to fix the line.
Lawnmower exposes wires
11:27 a.m. — Intersection of Gunwale Lane and Gulf of Mexico Drive. Public Service. A man reported that a lawnmower appeared to have knocked a Verizon wire box off its base, exposing several wires. Police repositioned the box and placed all the wires back inside it.
5:21 p.m. — 2300 block of GMD. Juvenile Acts. A Key resident asked police to remove two rowdy teenagers from his condominium swimming pool. The teenagers said they did not have permission to be in the pool and left without incident.
Dec. 1, 1992
1:11 p.m. — Harbourside Golf Course. Accident. Wife struck husband with golf cart. His nose was bloodied, but the game continued.
May 29, 2001
12:59 p.m. — 500 block of Spinnaker Lane. Traffic Accident. Subject drove her sport utility vehicle through a cement wall of her garage after mistaking the brake pedal for the gas pedal. Subject now has a new kitchen entrance.
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