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Check with rental company first

What first appeared as a stolen rental car turned out to be a scheduled towing. This and other Longboat police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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  • | 5:00 a.m. January 31, 2023
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Friday, Jan. 20

Bird hero 

7:42 p.m., 7000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Animal complaint: While on a routine patrol, an officer saw an injured bird on the shoulder of the road. The officer approached the bird, and it did not fly away. The bird appeared to have a broken wing and was approaching the road. After putting on gloves, the officer was able to grab the bird with the help of a blanket. The bird was transferred to the care of a Bradenton Beach Police Department officer who operates an animal sanctuary for treatment. 

Saturday, Jan. 21

No work allowed yet

7:29 a.m., 500 block of Bayview Drive

Noise complaint from land: After a resident called to report a neighbor’s noise ordinance violation, an officer went to the residence to investigate. The worker stated he had a permit to trim mangroves at the residence. The officer informed the worker that such work was permitted after 8 a.m. A written warning was issued. 

Almost an emergency 

2:03 p.m., 400 block of Longboat Club Road 

Welfare check: An officer was dispatched to do a welfare check. The officer was given access to the apartment, but no one was home. As the officer was leaving, the individual was located and told the officer they were waiting at another location to be picked up. 

Sunday, Jan. 22 

Protecting night riders

12:17 p.m., 500 block of Putter Lane

Traffic hazard: A resident called the police department to notify them of construction material on the road, and let them know of the potential danger that could be caused at night. Later, officers went to the location to place orange cones near the material. 

Monday, Jan. 23 

Gone for good 

11:43 a.m., police headquarters

Lost property: A resident entered the police department to ask for help filing a lost property report. The lost property was a purse that contained the individual’s Florida drivers license, vehicle insurance card and the only key to her vehicle. The individual was unsure of where she last had her purse, but noted it was missing since Jan. 11. 

Third time isn’t a charm

1:30 p.m., 600 block of Dream Island Place

Noise complaint: The officer received a complaint about loud music at a condo building that was said to be disturbing neighbors. The woman told the officer this was the third time she had a noise issue with the same residence. However, the officer did not hear any loud music. The woman was told to notify the police if another issue occurred.

Forgetful friend

2:41 p.m., 500 block of Harbor Cove Circle 

Citizen assist: Officers were dispatched to a residence after word of an abandoned boat docked at the homeowner’s private dock was received. The boat was said to have been present for about two weeks. It was believed no one knew who owned the boat. However, as officers worked to identify the owner, the dock owner called and told officers the boat belonged to a friend who was given permission to use the dock. 

Tuesday, Jan. 24 

Crisis averted 

8:55 a.m., 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen assist: The officer was sent to Durante Park on word of a broken piece of wood on a bridge. Staff from the town’s Public Works Department had already arrived and placed a traffic cone on the piece of wood that is planned for replacement. 

Could’ve been worse

2:28 p.m., 600 block of Bayview Drive

Fire assist: Officers were dispatched to the scene of a potential gas line leak. Longboat Key Fire Department and Sarasota County Fire Department had already arrived and had identified the propane tank leak. Officers were asked to stay on the site until excess gas was burned off and the issue was resolved. 

Wednesday, Jan. 25

Stop working

5:23 p.m., 600 block of Longview Drive

Noise complaints from land: Officers were sent to a construction site where work had continued past the timeframe allowed by the town’s noise ordinance. Officers issued a warning to the construction crew. 

Thursday, Jan. 26

Forgotten knife

1:55 p.m., 6700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Lost property: Officers went to the home of a resident, who told officers about his missing custom filet knife. The day prior, he was preparing fish at a public park and forgot his knife on the table. When he returned the following day, the knife was gone. The knife is silver with a wood handle. The blade is engraved with the individual’s name. 

Too shallow

2:30 p.m., Beer Can Island 

Boat/Miscellaneous: Officers were dispatched to Greer Island after report of a sailing boat aground. Prior to officers' arrival, police learned there were no injuries reported and the captain was awaiting commercial assistance. No further police assistance was needed. 

Not stolen, just towed

5:47 p.m., 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Information report: Officers received reports of a potential stolen rental car. After arriving at the scene, officers noted drag marks coming from the parking space. A  check of the town's license-plate monitoring system showed the vehicle on the back of a wrecker at Publix. The renter had previously told the company of car issues and was told the car would be replaced. However, the individual said they were not told the vehicle was going to be towed that day. 


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