- March 29, 2022
Out of jurisdiction
8:08 a.m., 2600 block of Harbourside Drive
Information report: An officer was dispatched for a citizen assist. The citizen told police that his wallet was stolen from his vehicle at University Town Center. After taking down information about what was missing, police told the individual he would need to file a report with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office due to the incident not occurring on the island.
Not what it seems
12:34 p.m., 400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Citizen dispute: A woman called police in regard to a supposed bodyguard denying people entry to an event behind the address. She said the guard was also asking drivers entering the property for identification and questioning their presence. However, upon meeting the guard, the officer learned the individual was not acting as a guard, but was helping direct people attending the event. The officer did not observe the individual refusing driver access or exit from the building.
Back to mom
3:01 a.m., 4900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Suspicious person: An officer was dispatched after word of a male pacing in front of the address. The individual said he was walking southbound to his mother’s residence. The story checked out and the person was given a ride to the residence.
10:30 a.m., 400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Citizen assist: An officer was flagged down by someone in the parking lot of the Mobil gas station about a sheet of broken glass in the middle of GMD. The officer contacted Public Works to have someone clean up the glass.
Not a fire hazard
11:27 a.m., 6100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Citizen assist: An individual called the police to notify them of a potential fire hazard at the thrift shop at Longboat Island Chapel. The caller was worried there were too many people at the shop. Police checked out the facility and did not observe an excessive amount of people.
Pulled by the tide
11:33 a.m., Linley Street
Abandoned Vehicle/Boat: While on marine patrol, an officer observed a small aluminum skiff adrift. The officer called the owner, who said it drifted from shore due the incoming tide. The officer brought the skiff to shore for the owner to retrieve.
Violation via distraction
2:15 p.m., Jewfish Key
Boating citation: While on patrol, a marine officer observed a vessel operating on plane with an excessive wake. The operator stated he was watching a nearby Coast Guard boat and thought the officer was going to back them up. The operator also said they did not see the posted slow speed minimum wake sign because of watching the other boat. The operator was issued a citation for the wake zone violation.
5:32 p.m., 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Citizen assist: Police were called after a woman said she observed construction vehicles driving at “fast speeds and going the wrong way.” However, she could not identify the company’s name. She was instructed to call the department back if any further incidents occurred.
Stop working for now
7:57 a.m., 600 block of Longview Drive
Noise complaints from land: An officer responded to a call about construction noise. Upon arriving, the officer observed a group of construction workers, one of which was using a handheld circle saw. The officer informed workers of the town’s noise ordinance and work was stopped.
News comes first
12:30 p.m., 300 block of North Shore Road
Citizen assist: An officer observed an illegally parked vehicle while on patrol. The vehicle owner said it was for a broadcast news crew filming on Greer Island and moved the vehicle.
5:16 a.m., 4600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Suspicious person: An officer was dispatched to the address after a call about a person seen laying on the ground. On arrival, the person was already gone.
Just a reminder
11:48 a.m., 600 block of Emerald Harbor Drive
Noise complaints from land: A resident called the department about loud music being played at a construction site and wanted to ensure officers reminded them of the noise ordinance. When the officer arrived at the scene, he did not hear any music playing, but notified the head of construction of the complaint. The worker ensured music would be kept at a reasonable volume and no work would occur outside of the allowed hours.
Back in the zone
8:37 p.m., 7200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Suspicious person: An officer was sent to the area after a call of an angler fishing outside the designated fishing area of the bridge. The officer told the subject to move back within the designated area, to which the individual immediately complied.
8:59 p.m., 3500 block of Mistletoe Lane
Suspicious vehicle: Police were made aware of a vehicle parked in the street with all of its doors open. The officer spoke with the owner who said they were packing up the vehicle to leave.