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Longboat Key Cops Corner: Just an FYI

Police reports from around the island.

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  • | 12:32 p.m. October 30, 2020
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Oct. 24

Just letting someone know

10:38 a.m., 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Miscellaneous call: Police spoke to a man whose car was property parked but wouldn’t start. The man said he had tried to arrange for a repair service to come but was having difficulty on the weekend. His purpose in calling the police was to inform them of the presence of his car, where he was staying and his attempts to have it repaired.

Being official

1:28 p.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway

Traffic: The driver of a rental car called police to report an incident at a shopping center parking lot. The driver said the vehicle’s front bumper rubbed a concrete pole while backing out. The driver initially didn’t think it was necessary to call police, but was asked to do so when reporting the incident to the rental-car company. The man was given a case number and promised a copy of the officer’s report for the rental company.

Off the leash

2:47 p.m., Broadway Street and Lois Avenue

Animal call: A caller to police, who did not provide an identity or other complaint details, said two dogs were running loose. An officer arrived to the general area of the call but found no dogs.

Suspicious man and the sea

3:30 p.m., 5800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Suspicious person: A beachfront resident called police to alert them to a bearded man, possibly in his 70s, behind a home on the private property side of the beach’s high water mark. Police arrived and found no one there answering the caller’s description.

Off to the hospital

4:39 p.m., 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Rescue assist: A man who fell at a resort was taken to the hospital with a head injury. Police were called to assist fire rescue at the scene.

Upon further review

6:23 p.m., 700 block of Broadway Street

Parking: Police determined an SUV reported to be parked illegally was actually parked properly. The caller to police did not leave a name for follow up.

No fire

6:34 p.m., 3000 Grand Bay Boulevard

Fire alarm: Police responded along with fire rescue units to a fire alarm, which was found to have been accidentally triggered.

Mixed messages

6:57 p.m., Joy Street and North Shore Road

Parking: A police officer wrote, then voided, a parking citation for a vehicle parked within 30 feet of a stop sign. In a conversation with the vehicle’s driver, the officer learned there was some confusion over where another officer said she could park. The driver was issued a verbal warning instead.

Gone trespassin’

7:06 p.m., 7200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Trespassing: Police who responded to a report of two men with fishing gear crossing through private property were unable to find anyone answering a description provided by a caller.  The caller told police he simply wanted a report made of the incident.

Island noise

9:42 p.m., 700 block of Lands End Drive

Noise: Police received a report of loud music coming from Jewfish Key. An officer arrived and confirmed the report. A police supervisor attempted to call the home on the island but was unable to reach anyone. A follow up request was filed for the town’s marine patrol officer.

Enough already

11:03 p.m., 700 block of Broadway Street

Animal report: An officer was approached by a resident who wanted to report dogs barking in a home’s back yard for about three hours. The officer knocked on the door, with no result. Attempts were made to reach the owner of the vacation rental to connect with the home’s occupants regarding the noise.

Oct. 25

Two solutions

3:33 a.m.,  600 block of Longboat Club Road

Citizen assist: A man told police he was locked out and was looking for his dog. A security employee was able to let the man back into his unit, where his dog was found unharmed.

A little help getting home

5:48 a.m., Gulf of Mexico Drive and Broadway Street

Rescue assist: Police arranged for a family member to drive a man home after a report of someone apparently slumped over the wheel of a vehicle at an intersection. An officer learned from the man that he was staying in a nearby town and had driven off after a late dinner to explore the area. The man said his cell phone wasn’t working and he couldn’t get his bearings. The man was checked by fire rescue and conceded he had consumed wine with dinner after spending the day boating. An officer waited for a family member to arrive.

Uh, keys?

7:52 p.m., 6400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Public assist: Police were unable to find a set of missing keys for a rental vehicle on the beach, following a call from an out-of-town visitor. The visitor told officers a previous hourlong search also came up empty. The visitor’s rental company said a new set of keys would have to wait until the next day, so they left the beach via a ride-sharing service.

Oct. 26

A numbers thing

12:10 p.m., near Longboat Pass bridge

Boating: The town’s marine patrol officer stopped a vessel that wasn’t displaying proper registration information. The owner, who produced valid registration paperwork, said the boat had recently been detailed, and the stickers had been removed as part of that process. A safety inspection revealed the boat was missing several required items. The boater was cited for the safety-gear infraction and verbally warned about the registration stickers.

Almost a scam

5:20 p.m., 4300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Fraud: A resident received a check back after following through on a likely scam attempt. The resident reported getting a phone call from a detective with the “Texas Police Department,” seeking money for the return of property found in a suspect’s car. Though the resident couldn’t recall any property going missing, a check was sent via a commercial parcel service. A company employee became suspicious and alerted the resident to the possibility of a scam and then authorized the return of the check.

Oct. 27

Why so nervous?

9:10 a.m., 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Suspicious incident: Town employees notified police woman who appeared nervous while sitting in a car in a town park. The employees related the recent discovery of human waste on park sidewalks, though no direct connection between the two issues had been made. The car had left before officers could arrive.

Big surf

3:01 p.m., Lido Key beach

Rescue: The town’s marine patrol officer assisted Sarasota marine patrol units in rescuing swimmers from rough surf. The Longboat officer found three distressed swimmers clinging to a surfboard. With the help of a beach lifeguard, the three were brought safely to shore.

Oct. 28

Two for one

12:58 a.m., Gulf of Mexico Drive and Broadway Street

Traffic: A police officer watched as a vehicle drove through two stop signs. During a traffic stop, the driver could not produce proof of insurance. The driver was cited for the proof of insurance infraction and was given a verbal warning for the stop sign violations.

On patrol

10:01 a.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Road

Suspicious person: Police were alerted to a man with a holstered gun walking around a bank building. When an officer arrived, he spoke to a certified security guard, who explained he was on the premises while safe deposit boxes were being examined inside.


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