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Doesn't matter if Dad said yes

A father was issued a citation for his juvenile operating a personal watercraft. This and other police reports on Longboat Key in this week's edition of Cops Corner.

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Saturday, Feb. 4 

Back in the deep end

2:46 p.m., Sarasota Bay 

Boat-miscellaneous: The officer was dispatched to Sarasota Bay in the area of Grand Bay Boulevard after reports of an aground personal watercraft. Once the officer arrived at the scene, he spoke to the operator who said he was able to push his watercraft back into deeper water. 

App mistake

4:36 p.m., 700 block of Putting Green

Suspicious incident: Dispatch reported a suspicious incident involving an app that notified of an airbag deployment one mile east in Sarasota Bay. Two officers responded to the scene, one by water, but noticed nothing suspicious. Dispatch notes state the app alert was accidental. 

Almost scary

11:00 p.m., 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Suspicious incident: An officer was sent to the resort after reports of an Apple Air Tag in the caller's rental vehicle. After arriving at the scene, the woman told the officer she started receiving notifications of the presence of the location tracking device. Resort staff helped the woman locate the tag, which was found taped in the trunk of the vehicle. The woman said she had rented the vehicle through a third party app. It was determined the tracking device was placed in the vehicle to keep track of its location while being rented. 

Sunday, Feb. 5 

No issue

2:27 a.m., 500 block of Cedar Street 

Suspicious vehicle: While on patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle parked and appeared unoccupied with the windows down. An area search was conducted and further investigation showed it likely the vehicle had been parked for a long period of time. 

Not allowed, even if dad said yes

2:00 p.m., Jewfish Key 

Boating citation: While on marine patrol, an officer observed two personal watercraft on a plane with excessive wake. The zone was posted as “slow speed, minimum wake.” The watercraft drivers were stopped and notified of their violation. However, one of the operators, a 15-year-old, was unable to produce the required ID card. The other was the child’s father, who said he had allowed the child to drive the watercraft. Regardless, the violation stood as such and the father was issued a citation. 

Monday, Feb. 6 

Park in the driveway

12:36 a.m., 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Citizen assist: An officer was dispatched for reports of an illegally parked vehicle. The Wilco employee who made the call said they believed the car belonged to the resident on that property and had told them about the issue earlier in the day. The officer made contact with the resident who said it was his vehicle and he would move it into the driveway. 

Tuesday, Feb. 7 

Not stolen, still not allowed

2:33 a.m., 200 block of Broadway

Suspicious vehicle: A pickup truck was observed parked in the back of a dirt lot, tucked away. Upon investigation, the officer concluded the vehicle was not stolen. A parking ticket was issued. 

Too early to rake

6:22 a.m., 200 block of Sands Point Road

Noise complaints from land: An anonymous caller made a complaint about the beach being raked too loudly. The officer found a resort employee operating a tractor, raking the beach. The employee said she was almost finished and was still advised of the complaint and the town’s noise ordinance. The officer went on to speak with a front desk attendant who said he would pass along the complaint to the supervisor. 

No noise, no odor

9:06 p.m., 3500 block of Fair Oaks Lane 

Citizen assist: An officer was dispatched to assist with a call about noise originating from a gas meter. The resident said the meter was making a strange noise, but did not smell any odor. The officer checked the meter, which was not making any noise. In the event the meter starts making noise, the caller was told to call 911. 

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Delayed towing

8:30 a.m., 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Citizen assist: An officer responded to a call about a vehicle that had broken down and whose owner did not want to leave it overnight. The woman stated her vehicle had begun to smoke before dying in the parking space. A tow truck had been called, but was not set to arrive for several hours. She was told her vehicle was allowed to stay in the spot. The officer provided the woman with a ride home. 

Only doing his job

11:35 a.m., 1400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen dispute: An officer was called after a man, who works as a process server, was denied access to a gated community by the gate guard. The officer escorted the man to the property office where he was given access to the property. 

Thursday, Feb. 9 

Needing extension

4:58 p.m., Police department headquarters

VIN serial number inspection: A resident entered the department requesting assistance with a VIN verification order to be granted a registration extension from his other residence in Ohio. The number was checked for warrants before the Ohio DMV form was signed. 


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