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Police respond to stolen vehicle in forgotten parking spot

A forgotten parking spot led to a stolen vehicle call. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Friday, April 21

Wellness check

8:48 a.m., 1400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Citizen assist: A driver on Gulf of Mexico Drive called police after spotting what appeared to be a vehicular accident on the side of the road. The caller said there was damage to the front of the vehicle and the driver appeared to be slumped over the steering wheel. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the driver who said they were waiting on a tow truck, had not been in an accident and the damage was from a previous accident. 

Traffic cushion 

10:24 p.m., 6700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Traffic hazard: While traveling northbound, an officer noticed a large couch cushion in the middle of the road. The officer removed the cushion from the road and disposed of it. 

Saturday, April 22

Heavy stream

12:22 a.m., 3600 Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen assist: An officer was dispatched to the location in response to a broken water line. Upon arrival, the officer noticed a large stream of water coming from what appeared to be the irrigation system. Public Works staff were notified and advised police they were on their way to investigate. 

Sunday, April 23

Source unknown 

2:39 a.m., 500 block of Putter Lane 

Citizen assist: The officer met with a homeowner inside her residence where she told him that she had been reading a book when she heard a loud bang coming from the back bedroom. At first, she thought something had fallen down, but after investigating she noticed some of the lights in her home were not working properly. The officer checked the residence’s breaker box, but did not notice any sparks or smell of smoke. He advised the homeowner to call an electrician in the morning. 

Open and shut case   

8:17 p.m., 700 block of Marbury Lane 

Suspicious incident: Police were notified of a nearby neighbor's suspicions after a garage door had been open for two days across the street. Upon arrival, officers checked out the area. There were no signs of forced entry and all other doors and windows appeared to be secure. It appeared the garage and downstairs of the residence was under remodel or construction, and the garage door had likely been left open accidentally. Officers were able to close and secure the garage door. The original caller was notified of the officers' findings. 

Monday, April 24

A little creepy 

1:42 p.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway 

Suspicious person: An officer was called to the police station for a walk-in complaint originating at the above address. The woman stated that while at CVS a man had approached her and asked to see inside her vehicle and was being intrusive. She told officers her friend had met the same man at CVS later that day and they had further discussed her vehicle. The officer then patrolled the area in question, but did not see any males matching the description given. 

Tuesday, April 25

On the job 

11:30 a.m., 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Suspicious vehicle: Police were sent to the area on a report of a vehicle parked in the area taking photographs. Upon arrival, the officer noticed a Florida Department of Transportation vehicle. The worker was waiting for the arrival of a contractor for underground utility work. 

Forgotten parking spot

2:25 p.m., Bayfront Park

Citizen assist: An officer responded to reports of a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival at the park, the officer saw the vehicle in question along with all involved parties. The vehicle owner told the officer her husband’s caregiver had forgotten where she parked the vehicle. When the caregiver could not locate it, she panicked and called the man’s wife. The caregiver confirmed what the officer was told.

Wednesday, April 26

Long drive for registration 

2:04 p.m., Longboat Key Police Station 

VIN serial number inspection: After driving his vehicle down to the island from New York, a resident came into the station to have the vehicle registered to his Longboat Key address. Department staff ran the VIN for wants and warrants with a negative result. 

Thursday, April 27

No dogs allowed 

7:38 p.m., 2800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Dog on the beach: Upon arrival, the officer observed a man holding a small dog while his friends had engagement photos taken. The officer told him about the town rules against dogs on the beach and the man left without incident. 

Friday, April 28

Park closed 

3:05 a.m., 100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Suspicious vehicle: While on patrol, an officer saw three vehicles parked at Overlook Park after hours. Several individuals were sitting at a picnic table near the entrance to the park. They told the officer they were unaware of the park hours and would leave the area. 


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