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Longboat police help resident avoid scam

A resident inquired about mail asking for money and personal info. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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  • | 5:00 a.m. April 25, 2023
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Saturday, April 15

Here in case 

3:50 a.m., 500 block of Bayport Way 

Fire assist: An officer was dispatched to the scene of a power line reportedly arcing and producing a small flame. Upon arrival, the fire department was already on the scene and police were advised Florida Power and Light had been made aware of the issue. 

Needed a push 

9:24 p.m., 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Traffic hazard: While on patrol, the officer noticed a vehicle that had died while pulling onto Gulf of Mexico Drive, blocking parts of traffic. After speaking with the driver, the officer helped push the vehicle into the grassy shoulder off the roadway. A tow truck was already en route. 

Already handled

5:55 p.m., Greer Island 

Citizen dispute: An officer was dispatched to the area after reports of a past disturbance. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the caller via phone as she and her family had already left the area. She stated that while attempting to pull up to the beach on her boat, another boat began telling her she was too close and requested more space. After speaking with each other more, the caller and her family opted to leave the area. 

Sunday, April 16

Squirrely situation

10:30 a.m., 4200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive  

Animal complaint: An officer was flagged down by a group who had seen an injured squirrel in the area. The squirrel was located and transported to Bradenton Beach Wildlife Center. 

Covered up

11:34 a.m., 4400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen assist: An officer was dispatched to the area following a report of a male riding a bicycle wearing a jockstrap. Upon arrival, the officer did see the male in question, who appeared to be covered and not exposing himself. Another officer confirmed the observation. 

Monday, April 17

Right place, right time

11:42 p.m., 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Unsecure premises: While conducting business checks at the Centre Shops, an officer noticed one of the business doors was unlocked. Fortunately, another business had extra keys to the shops. With the help of the officer, staff of the Lazy Lobster helped check inside the business. Nothing appeared out of order. The doors were locked, and the owner was contacted. 

Tuesday, April 18

Avoiding a scam

9:03 a.m., Longboat Key Police Department 

Suspicious incident: A resident came to the station after he received suspicious mail stating he needed to send money and provide personal information or his property would be seized by the government. Police were shown the mail and further confirmed it was fake. The resident said he had not sent any money or provided information and officers further iterated that was the correct response. 

Not an emergency

11:38 a.m., 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Fire assist: An officer was dispatched after reports of a vessel fire in the Gulf. The officer observed black smoke coming from the vessel in question. However, Longboat Key Fire Department said it was a fishing boat and was not in need of emergency services. The smoke was coming from the exhaust of the boat. 

Wednesday, April 19

Late night updates

4:13 a.m., 200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Suspicious vehicle: An officer noticed a suspicious vehicle parked behind a restaurant. Shortly after, the driver came out of the restaurant and told the officer he had been doing handiwork in the evenings to avoid being in the way during regular business hours. 

Leave room for bikers

1:30 p.m., 6500 Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Traffic hazard: A landscaping vehicle encroaching on a bike lane warranted a call to the police. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the driver and instructed them to move the vehicle out of the lane. 

Not an issue

2:30 p.m., 5900 block of Emerald Harbor Drive 

Noise complaints from land: Police were sent to the address from reports of a loud generator. However, the only sound noted was regular construction noise, which was allowed at the time. 

Thursday, April 20

Left the scene 

10:01 p.m., Gulf of Mexico Drive and North Shore Road

Citizen dispute: Police were dispatched to a disturbance on Longboat Bridge. The caller stated three individuals were throwing fishing rods at him and he had sustained no injuries. Bradenton Beach Police were already on the scene. The other department stated that the caller was not in the area when they arrived. Longboat police searched the area for the caller and called the listed number with no success. 


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