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Longboat Key Cops Corner: People and their dogs

Police reports from around Longboat Key.

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Jan. 30

People and their dogs

2:40 p.m., 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Dogs on the beach: A caller who did not wish to speak with officers reported a group of people on the beach with dogs. An officer arrived to find 10 people with two dogs. Following a verbal warning about the town’s prohibition for pets on the beach, the people and dogs were escorted off the sand.

Parked in the way

2:10 p.m., North Shore Road

Parking: A parked sedan that was blocking a residential driveway was issued a written warning, which was left on the vehicle’s windshield.

 Dog-day afternoon

5:30 p.m., 500 block of Chipping Lane

Animal complaint: A resident called police to report a neighborhood dog pushed through a home’s front door and attacked her dog nearby. The resident said the attacking dog was pulled away before biting, but knocked her dog to the ground. No injuries were reported to the dog or the owner. No one answered the door during a follow up visit by police to the home from which the dog escaped.

Light at night

9:53 p.m., 7000 block of Bayside Drive

Suspicious incident: Residents called police after seeing a person in a boat pull up alongside their dock. The residents told police they had been sitting on a second-floor deck when they spotted the person, and then pointed a flashlight in the suspicious person’s direction. At that point, the person drove off in a boat toward Sarasota Bay. Police and the resident examined his dock and docked boat and found nothing out of the ordinary. Police added a patrol request for the area.

No light at night

9:55 p.m., 4500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Traffic: Police issued a verbal warning to a driver whose vehicle’s taillights were not operating properly. The driver was also checked for wants and warrants, which came back negative.

Safe key-ping

10:12 p.m., police headquarters

Found property: A person who found a hotel-style key and key ring on the beach turned the property in to the police department. An officer took possession and locked it up in case its owner came looking for it.

Jan. 31


12:20 a.m., 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Unsecure premises: An officer performing routine security checks of a commercial area discovered an unlocked door to a vacant unit. The officer reported the owner of the business had cleared out the property weeks ago.

Quiet, please

7:10 p.m., 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Noise: A police officer spoke with a supervisor at a golf course about the sound of leaf blowers and lawn mowers earlier that typically allowed by town ordinance. The supervisor said he would try to minimize the noise and would report the complaint to his boss. The officer also suggested requesting an exemption from the town.

Early start

8:58 a.m., 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Noise: A resident called to complain about cleaning-crew noise coming from inside an adjacent unit. The officer who responded said the noise was not a violation of town rules. The resident said he would bring the issue to the attention of the condo board.

To the hospital

11:33 a.m., 4400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Rescue: Police and fire-rescue personnel responded to a bike crash with injuries. A man sustained head and arm injuries in a fall along the sidewalk. The cyclist didn’t know how he crashed and couldn’t immediately recall the month and year. Witnesses reported the man briefly lost consciousness. He was taken to the hospital, and an officer brought his bicycle home.

Yes, you

12:19 p.m., Greer Island

Dog on the beach: Police were alerted to a report of a dog on the beach at Greer Island. An officer spotted the dog from the Longboat Pass bridge and used his vehicle’s PA system to inform the people of the town’s rules about dogs on the beach. The owners returned their pet to their nearby boat.

Purple lane, purple lane

1:31 p.m., Gulf of Mexico Drive and Bay Isles Parkway

Suspicious person: A caller to police alerted officers to a woman with purple hair walking in traffic. Police and fire-rescue personnel looked around the area and found no one answering that description.

That time of year

5:11 p.m., 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Suspicious incident: A report of gunshots on Sarasota Bay turned out to be related to duck hunters nearby, which was legal through the end of Jan. 31. The officer attempted to call the reporting party back but left a voicemail.

Be on the lookout

6:44 p.m., North Shore Road and Gulf of Mexico Drive

Agency assistance: Police were alerted to an endangered adult whose located had been fixed through cell-phone tracing on the north end of the island. The town’s license-plate monitoring system revealed the vehicle had left the island to the north. An officer monitored southbound traffic but the vehicle never returned. It was ultimately found in Holmes Beach.

While you were gone

11:29 p.m., 100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Parking: An officer on patrol wrote a parking citation for a vehicle found after hours in a town park. With no owner nearby, the officer left the citation on the vehicle’s windshield.

Feb. 1

Boat on the loose

9:02 a.m.,  700 block of Dream Island Road

Boating call: Police came out to investigate the discovery of a boat that had drifted up against a seawall and mangroves. The boat owner said he had left keys for the boat with a service provider but it hadn’t been secured at a home dock. The owner gave permission for the service provider to move the vessel to the business.

Without power

11:16 a.m., Linley Street boat ramp

Boating call: A powerboat with a tangled propeller drifted into rocks just south of the town’s boat ramp. A commercial towing service pulled the craft to safety.

Homemade scam

1 p.m., police headquarters

Suspicious incident: A resident came to the police department with paperwork from the Department of Jobs and Family Services in his previous state, seeking four pages of personal information. Police reported the forms appeared to be homemade and not legitimate. The resident was advised to disregard it or future communications from the source.

 Feb. 2

No problem

9:04 p.m., 525 Bay Isles Parkway

Alarm: Police received an alert to a duress burglary alarm at a retail store. Once on the scene, officers were told by  a manager there was no problem and that the alarm might have been triggered in error as the store was being closed for the night. Officers checked the property to confirm all was in order.

Feb. 3

Gas line break

2:39 p.m., 3000 block of Grand Bay Boulevard

Fire assist: Police assisted fire-rescue personnel at the scene of a gas line break. The officers remained on the scene until cleared by a fire-rescue commander. TECO personnel arrived to fix the break, caused by a piece of heavy equipment.

Feb. 4

Power line down

8:30 a.m., 6600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Traffic hazard: Police directed traffic around a downed power line. About 50 minutes after the call was received, the scene was declared safe by Florida Power & Light.

Found money

6:45 p.m., 525 Bay Isles Parkway

Found property: Police took possession of cash found at a retail store. It was taken for safe-keeping.






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