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Longboat Key Cops Corner: Credit where credit is due

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Police reports from around Longboat Key.
by: Eric Garwood Managing Editor

Friday, July 29

Job 1: The door

4:14 a.m., 600 block of Broadway Street

Unsecure premises: Officers on patrol found a door open on a home under renovation. After checking inside to make sure no crime was under way or had been committed, the officers closed the door and resumed their patrol.

Credit where credit is due

3:30 p.m., police headquarters

Found property: A resident of Longboat Key brought to the police a credit card he found on his daily visit to a town nature park. With some internet sleuthing, police found the telephone number of a relative connected to the card’s owner and left a message. The card owner came to the police department to pick up his card and deliver his thanks.

New bed? For us?

3:57 p.m., 500 block of Hornblower Lane

Animal complaint: Police came to a neighborhood on a complaint of barking dogs and found an owner who had brought the dogs outside while a delivery crew brought a new set of mattresses inside. The dogs went back inside when the delivery was complete.

Just waiting on a friend

7:07 p.m., Linley Street boat ramp

Welfare check: As requested by a passer-by, police checked on the welfare of a man sitting on the ground near the town’s boat ramp. The man, who lives aboard a moored sailboat, said he did not need medical attention but rather was waiting for a friend to arrive to help him mend a hole in his small boat. He assured officers he would call for assistance if required.

Saturday, July 30

Too loud

5:57 p.m., 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Noise: An officer asked a group of pool-goers to reduce the volume of their music following a complaint about noise. They apologized and complied.

Buckets of lawfulness

10:42 p.m., 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Suspicious incident: An officer called to the beach to look into a report of a man possibly gathering shellfish in violation of the law instead found nothing illegal about the approximately three gallons of crabs he had collected.

Monday, Aug. 1

Nobody there

10:37 a.m., 2100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Fire assist: Police responded with fire-rescue units to a report of a stranded elevator. No one was inside, though.

Tuesday, Aug. 2

Gone, but not forgotten

3 p.m., 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Welfare check: Police were called to check on the welfare of people with whom a resident had lost contact. Police likewise could not contact the people but soon learned from neighbors they had flown back to their up-north home the week previous.

Wednesday, Aug. 3

Swim! Be free!

8:52 a.m., 4400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Citizen assist: A man and his sibling called police to report a pair of newly hatched sea turtles heading the wrong way near their condominium building. The callers had gently returned the turtles to the sand before calling police. The sea turtles were further assisted toward the water’s edge and released.

Rescue at sea

3:52 p.m., 3100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Agency assistance: Town police, Sarasota’s police boat and town fire-rescue units on both land and water responded to a resident’s report of a capsized boat in the Gulf of Mexico about 500 yards offshore. The boat’s occupants were attended to and a tow service arrived to assist with the vessel. Land-based police assistance was not required.

Thursday, Aug. 4

No business with Amazon

4:26 p.m., 500 block of Sloop Lane

Suspicious incident: A resident called police to alert them to a series of phone calls going back to 2020 claiming he owed nearly $1,000 to Amazon, a company with which the resident said he has never done business. The officer reminded the resident to never respond to requests for personal information, something the resident said he had never done.

Water of one kind of another

6:25 p.m., 3500 block of Fair Oaks Lane

Citizen assist: What was originally thought to be a water main break in a residential neighborhood, with a stream of water in front of a home, turned out to be a broken sprinkler system component. The dispatched officer’s response was canceled before he could arrive.

Tonight’s episode: Package of Suspicion

11:04 p.m., 600 block of Longview Street

Suspicious incident: A resident contacted police to report her porch light on and her security system’s camera triggered. An officer found no signs of a break-in, but did not an Amazon package on the front porch. In a follow-up conversation with the homeowner, the officer was told a neighbor would check the interior of the home the next day.

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