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Police assist changing cellphone settings

A woman asked police to help put her phones in airplane mode so she couldn't be tracked. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's edition of Cops Corner.

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Friday, March 31

Post-delivery accident

4:13 p.m., 4200 Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Property damage, not vandalism: After a kayak was delivered to the address, the delivery driver reportedly backed into the building when leaving the parking area. Damage to the tile roof that covered the carport was noted. The property owner wanted the incident documented for future reference. 

Not an issue

7:28 p.m., 600 block of Emerald Harbor Drive

Noise complaints from water: The caller stated a generator was running from a boat and described it as construction noise. Upon arrival, the officer checked the area behind the residence, which is under construction. The officer did notice a generator on the dock, but it was not running and no one was in the area.

Saturday, April 1

Non-communal beach chair

12:06 p.m., 6700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen dispute: Police were called about a woman seen dragging a beach chair belonging to a homeowners association away from the area. However, there is not an office for the association that could verify the chair belonged to the organization. The officer looked for both the woman and the chair, but was unable to locate either.

Missing information

12:25 p.m., Jewfish Key 

Boating citation: While on marine patrol, an officer noticed a vessel operating without the necessary numbers and registration. The officer conducted a stop and made the operator aware of the violation. The operator said they had just been stopped by the Coast Guard. Upon inspection, the officer noticed the operator did not have the necessary safety equipment or paperwork and issued a citation. 

Protecting the pooch

4:39 p.m., 800 block of Evergreen Way 

Animal complaint: A resident observed what appeared to be a dog alone in a vehicle without it running. A call to the police was made, asking them to check out the situation. After arriving at the address, the officer spoke with the owner who said they had gone inside for a brief moment and left the windows of the vehicle down. 

Sunday, April 2

Already on it 

8:50 a.m., 600 block of Sutton Place 

Citizen assist: Dispatch reported a water leak at a condo association. When the officer arrived, maintenance for the association told them they were aware of the issue; they were fixing the problem and water had been shut off to the building. 

Monday, April 3

Almost there

4:35 a.m., 4300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Suspicious person: While on patrol, an officer noticed a person walking on the side of the road, looking disheveled. When the officer spoke with the individual, they said they were a transient traveler and had been walking from Vermont since last year. His final destination is Boca Raton. The man asked the officer for a ride to Sarasota and for help getting new clothes. The Salvation Army of Sarasota was contacted for assistance and agreed to help. 

Move out of the way 

9:27 a.m., 600 block of Longview Drive 

Citizen assist: A call was made after a garbage truck was unable to get down the street because of construction vehicles. The officer instructed all vehicles to be moved out of the path of the garbage truck. Construction workers were reminded of the importance of not blocking traffic and allowing room for emergency vehicles should they need to get down the street. 

Tuesday, April 4

Workday is over

5:40 p.m., 500 block of De Narvaez Drive 

Noise complaints from land: After-hours construction work prompted a call to the police. When the officer arrived, he heard power tools being used on the first floor of the building. The workers were reminded of the town’s noise ordinance and issued a written warning. 

A brief malfunction

9:47 p.m., 500 block of Sanctuary Drive 

Citizen assist: A couple was going from the basement of their building to their condo when the elevator suddenly stopped. They were able to get the door open and exit the elevator before police arrived. The woman said her husband had health problems and they needed to get back to their condo, but were too scared to get back on the elevator. The officer rode the elevator up to their floor with them with no problem. He assured the couple he would let management know of possible malfunctions in the morning. 

Wednesday, April 5

Just an accident 

3:30 p.m., 30 block of Twin Shores Boulevard 

Abandoned 911 call: The officer was dispatched to the address on report of an abandoned 911 call. Prior to arrival, the call was determined to have been accidental. The officer continued to the address to further confirm the call was an accident. 

Thursday, April 6

Disabling 'tracking device' 

8:54 p.m., Longboat Key Police Department 

Citizen assist: A resident was at the police department and said she was in need of assistance putting her phones in airplane mode so that they would not be tracked. The officer helped the woman put both phones in airplane mode.


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