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Police refuse to take resident's unwanted ammunition

Longboat Key Police were called by a resident to take possession of unwanted ammunition. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Thursday, July 27

No returns

12:34 p.m., 1000 block of Harbor Sound Drive

Citizen Assist: A resident called Longboat Key Police because he no longer wanted his ammunition. Police contacted the resident and informed him that the department could not take possession of ammunition in that way, but advised him to take it to a gun store. 

Saturday, July 29 

Off roading 

8:21 p.m., 6300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Agency Assistance: Longboat Police was dispatched to assist the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in response to a vehicle driving down the beach. On scene, a Longboat officer got word that the FWC officer was flagged down by a citizen who said a black pickup truck had been driving down to the water to float up jet skis. The truck was no longer in the area when the Longboat police officer arrived. The responding officer checked the area and made sure no turtle nests were disturbed. 

Sunday, July 30 

No dogs allowed

11:13 a.m., 5600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Dog on the beach: A concerned citizen called police to alert them to a dog on the beach, running off leash near a turtle nest. On scene, officers found the dog and its owner, who were visitors. The dog’s owner said he wasn’t aware that dogs weren’t allowed on the beach. Officers advised him that all dogs need to be on leash, but weren’t allowed anyway on the beach. 

False alarm

9:19 p.m., 2500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Suspicious Incident: Police were called to respond to suspicious flashing lights. When they arrived, the caller did not want to meet with police, and the officers observed no flashing lights or active fire alarms.

Monday, July 31

Roaming around  

6:05 p.m., 2600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Suspicious Person: A resident called  police to report a suspicious man that had been walking around the property and towards neighboring properties all day. The man, wearing a fluorescent vest or shirt, supposedly drank from the hose by the pool area. When confronted, the man said he was waiting for friends. The man had left by the time police arrived, but the caller wanted the incident documented. 

Late-night crabbing

11:25 p.m., 100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Suspicious Person: On patrol, an officer saw lights and decided to investigate. The officer saw a woman crabbing near a park. She said she thought the park closed at midnight, and was given a warning. 

Wednesday, Aug. 2

Far from home 

3:09 a.m., 1900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Suspicious Person: In the middle of the night, a man walking on the sidewalk was swinging a white bag and flailing his arms around. An officer on patrol stopped to talk with the man because he appeared to be lost. The man spoke French and very little English, but kept pointing to Sarasota. The officer offered the man a ride off Longboat Key to St. Armand’s Circle. 

Thursday, Aug. 3 

After hours

8:36 p.m., 500 block of Rountree Drive 

Suspicious Incident: Police were dispatched to an incident of a man yelling at Florida Power & Light workers. When police arrived at the site, FPL workers said a man was yelling at them for working after hours, to which the workers replied that their work was exempt from the Longboat Key Town Ordinance. The man was no longer on the scene, and police failed to make contact with him. 



Carter Weinhofer

Carter Weinhofer is the Longboat Key news reporter for the Observer. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, he moved to St. Petersburg to attend Eckerd College until graduating in 2023. During his entire undergraduate career, he worked at the student newspaper, The Current, holding positions from science reporter to editor-in-chief.

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