- March 14, 2023
1:03 p.m., 4200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Suspicious incident: An officer was dispatched following word that a 911 text was received with no response. Contact was made with the individual who said he has had recurring issues with his Apple Watch sending the text messages.
2:36 p.m., 800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Traffic hazard: While traveling south, an officer noticed a large black trash bag blocking traffic. He removed the bag, placed it on the side of the road and requested the town’s Public Works Department to remove the bag.
8:16 a.m., 600 block of Broadway Street
Parking citation: An officer noticed a white Ford sedan parked illegally in front of a property. No Longboat Key parking permit or guest pass was on the vehicle. A parking ticket was issued.
Gas money refund, keep the gas
10:19 a.m., 400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Citizen assist: An officer was dispatched to help after a woman called about a suspicious charge to her credit card after buying gas. The officer spoke with a gas station employee, who said the card was charged $50 when $43 was spent. The employee assured the officer the extra $7 would be refunded within a few days. If the charge was not corrected, she was told to call back the police department.
No privacy issue
1 p.m., 200 block of North Shore Road
Citizen assist: A call was made to the police about a man piloting a low-flying drone near sunbathers. After arriving at the location, the officer met with the individual who said he was filming for his business’ website and showed the officer his certification. The officer deemed that no laws were being broken.
1:43 p.m., 500 block of Bayview Drive
Animal complaint: An officer was sent to a residence after the caller said a black snake was behind the sofa. The officer and homeowner worked together using two brooms to guide the snake back outside.
9:21 a.m., 3100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Citizen assist: The officer met up with the caller, who was with an individual needing assistance with their motorized wheelchair. The wheelchair’s battery was dead, making the individual unable to get home. The officer was able to put the wheelchair in the back of his vehicle and drive him back home.
5:12 p.m., 500 block of Putter Lane
Noise complaint: Construction noise after-hours warranted a complaint to the department. The officer dispatched did not observe a noise ordinance violation as workers were cleaning up the job site. Workers were still reminded of the ordinance.
Grassy window pain
8:54 p.m., 600 block of Old Compass Road
Citizen assist: Officers responded to a call about a shattered window on a property listed for sale. The homeowner recalled the Realtor was there earlier that day before the window was broken. When inspecting the window, officers discovered grass clippings amid the damage. The homeowner went on to say that the landscapers could have caused the damage as they usually come that afternoon. The resident did not want to file a criminal complaint, but would be calling the landscapers about the issue.
3:30 a.m., 100 block of Broadway Street
Suspicious vehicle: While on patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle parked illegally after hours near the Broadway Street beach access. The owner of the vehicle was nearby and said they were trying to take photographs of the moon and had the camera with him to prove it. Officers told the photographer about the town’s ordinance about parking in beach accesses before sending him on.
Help is on the way
12:30 a.m., 200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Citizen assist: An officer was dispatched to the area regarding a broken-down vehicle. The officer was told that roadside assistance had already been called and was on its way. Roadside assistance arrived shortly after.