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One credit card too many

A shopper who dropped his wallet finds a little something extra when making sure nothing was lost. This and more in this week's edition of Longboat Key Cops Corner.


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Friday, Dec. 16

Fortunate find

2:58 p.m., police headquarters

Found property: A man came to the police department to turn in a credit card that did not belong to him. He told a police staffer he had recently dropped the contents of his own wallet and subsequently checked to see if everything was accounted for. In doing so, he discovered an extra credit card that did not belong to him. He surmised that a store employee helping him pick up his own belongings after the mishap could have mistakenly also given him someone else’s card. The police department employee was able to find the rogue card’s owner on the island and made arrangements for its return.


Not a drop

6:49 p.m., 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Citizen assist: Police tried to contact a resident who called to say there was no water service at his residence but could not get through. The officer referred the call to the town’s Public Works Department.


Saturday, Dec. 17

Not an express lane

10:42 a.m., 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Citizen assist: An out-of-town woman who mistook a walking path at a town park for a driveway toward restrooms was advised by an officer about the navigational mistake she made behind the wheel. An officer arrived to find her backing out of a parking spot and explained the error of her ways. She said she had come to the same conclusion and had backed out the way she came. No citations were issued.


Not a problem

11:11 a.m., 600 block of Yardarm Lane

Noise complaints from water: A resident’s complaint about work noise nearby was investigated, but no infractions were found connected to a crew working on a seawall.


Sunday, Dec. 18

Rise of the reptiles

5:12 a.m., 500 block of Wedge Lane

Suspicious incident: Spotting what appeared on a security camera to be a person wearing a light colored jumpsuit attempting to cover the lens at the front door, a resident called police to report the suspicious goings-on. Two officers checked the residence and found no humans on the street or near the home, but they did spot a lizard on the front of the camera.


Monday, Dec. 19

Just leaving

5:30 p.m., 500 block of Bayport Way

Suspicious vehicle: Employees of a cable TV/internet provider were departing as police arrived to look into a report of a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood.


Tuesday, Dec. 20

No parking at the park

12:25 a.m., 100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

 Suspicious vehicle: An officer explained to the three people occupying a 2004-model vehicle parked after hours in a town park that they would have to leave because the park closed at 11 p.m. The Sarasota driver of the vehicle was issued a verbal warning.


Wednesday, Dec. 21

Just beachy

9:58 p.m., police headquarters

Found property: A smartphone found with a fully charged battery and partially submerged at the waterline of the beach was turned in to police. The phone was locked and had sand in the case but was still operating. Its out-of-town owner called police later that day if a phone had been found, and a police staffer arranged for the owner and phone to be reunited.


Still generating noise

7:52 p.m., 600 block of Cedar Street

Noise complaints: A boat known to police in connection to multiple calls about nighttime generator noise was again the topic of a complaint. The noise from the vessel, moored about 100 feet offshore, makes it impossible to conduct normal conversation outside the caller’s home or sleep. A written statement was taken and placed into evidence, with a further referral to the town’s marine patrol officer.

 

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Eric Garwood

Eric Garwood is the managing editor of the Longboat Observer and the Sarasota Observer. Since graduating from University of South Florida in 1984, he's been a reporter and editor at newspapers in Florida and North Carolina.

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