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Police sent to help woman locate her husband on a lunch date

A woman lost her husband after dropping him off at a restaurant. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Friday, Nov. 24

Lost at lunch

1:44 p.m., 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen Assist: Dispatch sent a Longboat Key officer to assist a woman who was unable to find her husband. She said she had dropped off her husband at the front door of a restaurant and then went to park the vehicle. When she entered the restaurant, she did not see her husband. The responding officer was able to find the husband having lunch at a different restaurant nearby. The wife was escorted to the restaurant and to the table with her husband. 

Double duty

2:07 p.m., 500 block of Kingfisher Lane 

Citizen Assist: An officer was dispatched to help a resident with a water leak that had flooded a part of the roadway. Upon arrival, the officer witnessed the water spraying out of the meter box and sprung into action. He was able to dig out enough sand from the water meter box to get a pair of pliers in it and shut the water off. The officer then called Public Works and asked for assistance. 

Saturday, Nov. 25

Late-night talks 

1:22 a.m., 100 block of North Shore Road 

Suspicious Vehicle: While on patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle parked in a prohibited area. A records check of the vehicle came back as neither stolen nor abandoned. The officer first observed no one in the vehicle, but as the officer approached the vehicle he was met by the vehicle’s owner. The owner said he was just talking with his girlfriend, and the officer let him off with a warning. 

Whose fault is it anyway? 

2:38 p.m., Longboat Pass

Boating Citation: Officers on marine patrol observed a vessel traveling at a high speed in a “slow speed, minimum wake” zone and stopped the vessel. The officers advised the operator of the reason for the stop, but had to escort the vessel to the Coquina Boat Ramp due to weather conditions. The operator said the boat was a rental, providing a brochure for the rental company when asked for boat’s registration. Registration numbers were not displayed properly, and the registration came back as expired. The operator was unable to show that there was a flotation device for the infant on board. He claimed the rental owner said there was a life jacket on board, but the officers issued him a citation for the insufficient safety equipment. The officers said they would follow up with the owner in regards to the registration issues. 

Grand theft golf cart

11:30 p.m., 2000 block of Harbourside Drive

Citizen Assist: Officers met a security guard in regards to a stolen golf cart. The security guard said his golf cart was stolen some time between 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. Multiple officers canvassed the area and recovered the golf cart in a parking space. The keys were left in the ignition, and no damage was observed. The security guard was then reunited with his cart. 

Monday, Nov. 27

Is anyone there? 

9:37 p.m., 5700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Suspicious Incident: Police were dispatched to help a resident who stated someone may be in her house. On scene, the woman said she believed there was someone or some animal inside her bedroom and saw something moving around. The officers entered the apartment with her and checked all around, but could not find any person or animal. The officers said she could call back if anything else happened. 

Thursday, Nov. 30

Accidents happen

7:42 a.m., 500 block of Sanctuary Drive 

Property Damage, Not Vandalism: After a man accidentally backed into a street pole, an officer was sent to write a report. The driver said he was backing up and did not see the pole, causing minor damage to the pole, but not the car. Florida Power & Light responded to change the damaged light and secure the pole. The driver was unable to show proof of insurance, for which the officer issued a citation. 

False alarm

9:24 p.m., 6600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Alarm: Officers were sent to a burglary alarm call. Multiple officers responded and checked the exterior of the property. A sliding glass door appeared unlocked, so officers proceeded inside. All seemed normal, and there were no signs of broken glass or other burglary indicators. 



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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