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A beached dolphin, a wandering dog and an injured snowy egret

Police spoke with a construction worker about a noise complaint, but they were only getting equipment for a project off-island. This and more Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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  • | 5:00 a.m. February 21, 2023
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Friday, Feb. 10 

Changing too soon 

12:58 p.m., 200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen assist: An officer was sent to the intersection of GMD and Longboat Club Road after a complaint about the traffic light only allowing six cars to go through the intersection. The town’s Public Works department was alerted of the issue. 

Extra help needed

4:49 p.m., 6500 block of Gulfside Drive 

Animal complaint: Officers were alerted of a beached dolphin. Once they arrived at the scene, they found multiple people working to keep the dolphin wet. Mote Marine Aquarium was contacted, and once they arrived, they began treating the dolphin. Officers helped Mote employees carry the dolphin to their van. 

Saturday, Feb. 11 

Found wallet, missing owner

1:19 p.m., 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Found property: An officer was flagged down by a citizen in front of the Blue Dolphin restaurant after a wallet was found on a bench in front of the establishment. Employees at the restaurant said no one had reported a missing wallet. The wallet is still being held at the police station. 

More to it than no gas

3:21 p.m., 2600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen assist: An officer came across a broken-down vehicle on the side of the road. The owner said she believed she had run out of gas. The officer took her to the Mobil gas station to get a gallon. However, even after the gas was put into the car, it still wouldn’t start. The officer attempted to jump the vehicle, but to no avail. The woman’s granddaughter was contacted and said she was coming to help. The driver was told to call the department if further help was needed. 

Sunday, Feb. 12

Not that serious 

8:00 a.m., 500 block of Gunwale Lane 

Noise complaint: An officer was sent to address after receiving a complaint of construction noise. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the worker who said he was picking up equipment to be taken to another job off-island. He assured the officer he was not doing any other work. 

Helping out 

2:31 p.m., Police department headquarters 

VIN serial number inspection: A resident entered the department to ask where to register their vehicle from out of state. Staff offered to complete the VIN verification while the individual was at the department. No wants or warrants were attached to the vehicle. Staff signed the necessary paperwork and sent the resident on their way. 

Monday, Feb. 13 

Runaway Rover

5:01 p.m., 3300 block of Sabal Cove Lane 

Animal complaint: Dispatch reported a dog wandering the backyard of the residence. Once an officer arrived, they met with the owner who said their dog, Flynn, had escaped the yard and was wandering the neighborhood. Neighbors were out searching for the dog but had not found him by the time the officer left. 

Tuesday, Feb. 14 

Dazed and confused

1:47 a.m., 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Suspicious vehicle: While patrolling, an officer noticed a vehicle parked in the lot of Ace Hardware. A woman was found sleeping in the vehicle but said she was looking for Coquina Beach. The officer pointed her toward the north end before departing. 

Final notice

7:29 p.m., 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Abandoned vehicle/boat: An officer patrolled the area of the bay side beach access after word of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, the vehicle was still parked. The officer attempted to call the owner but was unable to reach them. An abandoned vehicle notice was placed on the rear glass. 

Wednesday, Feb. 15 

Downed line 

10:27 a.m., 900 block of Spanish Drive 

Citizen assist: Following a call of needed assistance, the officer arrived at the scene where the fire department was already present. The caller said the power line was down behind the residence, but no fire, smoke or visible arcing was noted. Florida Power and Light was made aware of the issue. 

Thursday, Feb. 16 

Everyone’s a worker

9:15 a.m., 6200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen assist: An officer was dispatched after a call about a suspicious person entering a construction site. The officer met with one of the workers on the site, who said everyone there was a construction worker and that they were not aware of any suspicious activity. 

Help already on the way

4:15 p.m., 300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Animal complaint: An officer was dispatched after a call about an injured snowy egret near the entrance to the property. While on the way, he received a call from a fellow officer that an employee at Save Our Seabirds was already responding to the incident. 


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