No ID, no flight
4:32 p.m. — 100 block of N. Shore Road. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman drove her sister’s car to the beach and found that her purse and bicycle lock were missing when she returned. The woman thought she locked the car but couldn’t be sure. She was concerned because she was flying home in two days and needed identification for the flight.
No car left behind
7:04 a.m. — 500 block of Gulf Bay Road. Suspicious Vehicle. Police were flagged down and told that a vehicle has been parked near an office and hasn’t been moved for several days. Police were unable to find a phone number for either of the vehicle’s owners.
Beach bag bandit
12:03 p.m. — 100 block of N. Shore Road. Larceny. A man reported that $40 cash and an iPhone were stolen from his beach bag while he and another man were swimming.
A long walk
10:02 p.m. — Gulf of Mexico Drive and Schooner Lane. Suspicious Person. Police noticed a disheveled-looking man walking on Gulf of Mexico Drive who told them that he was homeless and walking to a friend’s house in Bradenton. The man had a plastic ID bracelet on him that was issued when he was an inmate in the Columbia County Jail. The man had no active warrants and declined a ride to the north end of Longboat Key.
2:10 p.m. — 5600 block of GMD. Property Found. A man turned in a gold bracelet with a missing clasp that he found on a bike path.
8:55 a.m. — 500 block of Golf Links Lane. Parking. A resident reported that construction vehicles are often in the middle of his street, blocking mailboxes and driveways as workers build a new home nearby. Police met with the contractor, who agreed to tell his workers not to block driveways, mailboxes or fire hydrants.
Abandoned water trike
7:43 a.m. — 1100 block of GMD. Property Found. A condominium guard found a water tricycle on the property that didn’t belong to the community. Public Works took the tricycle to the police station.
9:26 p.m. — 3000 block of GMD. Fire. Police found three teenagers who had a built a small fire on the beach. The teens said that they were vacationing with their parents and put out the fire after police told them that beach fires are prohibited.
11:20 a.m. — 700 block of Spanish Drive N. Fire. An electric transformer exploded, causing power outages to surrounding areas. Firefighters were on scene, and FPL was notified.
3:17 p.m. — 5400 block of GMD. Lost/Missing Property. A man said that he lost his wallet at an unknown location on the Key. He had already canceled his credit cards.
Guess the vegetation buffer worked…
12:58 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Reckless Driving. A guard reported that an older woman drove the wrong way through the community gates and street, before exiting her vehicle at the new CVS nearby. The woman said that she got turned around while trying to find her way into CVS and was unaware that the new store was open.
9:40 p.m. — 500 block of Broadway. Fire. Police and firefighters responded to a possible fire but determined that the source was a chimney filled with lit coals for a barbecue. The fire wasn’t extinguished because it was properly controlled.
8:06 a.m. — 5700 block of GMD. Vandalism. A man reported that someone threw eggs at his vehicle while it was parked in a condominium lot. Police told the man to wash the vehicle and call them if he found any damages.
A call for answers
1:14 p.m. — 500 block of Ranger Lane. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman who is currently in New York called the police station to report that an unknown suspect had a phone line hooked up at her home in January. She had no idea why the line was there until she got a bill and had it disconnected in May. The phone company could not provide information about who activated the line.
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