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Longboat police help file report of unwanted text messages

A couple said they received "offensive" text messages and wanted to report the issue. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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  • | 5:00 a.m. May 9, 2023
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Friday, April 28

A late date 

11:38 p.m., 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Suspicious vehicle: Two vehicles were observed at the beach access parking lot after hours. As the officer was investigating the scene, the pair emerged and said they had not realized it had gotten so late. Each vehicle was issued a citation and warned about being on the beach after hours. 

Saturday, April 29 

A dramatic escape 

9:30 a.m., Longboat Pass Bridge 

Suspicious person: Police were dispatched to the area from reports of two juveniles jumping off the bridge. Upon arrival, the officer investigated the area, but did not locate any juveniles near the bridge or in the water. The Bradenton Beach Police officer that was also on the scene told Longboat Key police the two male juveniles had jumped off the bridge, boarded an unidentified water vessel and left the scene. 

Flat tire

10:27 a.m., 6200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Traffic hazard: While traveling southbound, the officer noticed a disabled vehicle with the left tires partially in the bike lane and a flat right front tire. The driver requested assistance with replacing her tire and because of her inability to do it herself, the presence of the vehicle in the bike lane and approaching inclement weather, the officer decided to help. 

Sunday, April 30

Extra aid 

5:26 p.m., 2000 block of Harbourside Drive 

Rescue assist: An officer was dispatched to help the fire department with an occupied stuck elevator. The fire department was already on the scene, and police were released from the scene to respond to another issue. 

Monday, May 1

Not a distress signal 

8:42 p.m., 2600 block of Harbourside Drive 

Citizen assist: Police were sent to a marina for a report of a boat nearby that appeared to be sending S.O.S signals. Upon arrival, the officer noticed the boat’s bow light flashing, but nothing came of investigating the area. No one responded or came outside, no lights were on and tables and chairs were covered with tarps. A nearby boat owner said he had been out on the deck of his boat and had not observed anything out of the ordinary. 

Tuesday, May 2

Injured raccoon 

12:23 p.m., 600 block of Ranger Lane 

Animal complaint: The officer was sent to the scene after word of an injured animal. An injured raccoon was spotted at the address near a work trailer parked in the driveway. Sarasota Animal Control was requested to respond and pick up the animal. 

Forgot to lock up 

11:19 p.m., 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Unsecure premises: While conducting business checks at Whitney Plaza, the officer noticed a rear door was unlocked. No one was found inside, and there were no signs of forced entry. The officer was unable to secure the business and called the owner to alert him of the issue. 

Wednesday, May 3

Unwanted contact 

12:46 p.m., 700 block of Broadway 

Citizen assist: The caller requested an officer come to her home to assist in filing a police report in regard to harassment via text message. The woman stated she and her significant other had been receiving unwanted, offensive text messages from the same person. She said no threats had been made and she was not in fear for her life, but wanted to report the incident to the police. 

Thursday, May 4

No parking 

8:59 a.m., 5700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Traffic hazard: While on patrol, about six tractor trailers were observed parked in the right-of-way with roofing material. The officer met with some of the operators who said they were delivering material. They swapped phone numbers to coordinate delivery while keeping their trucks out of the right-of-way. They were advised to find legal parking off the road and to send arriving trucks elsewhere to avoid a traffic citation. 

Minor leak

7:45 p.m., 2100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen assist: Dispatch reported a water leak at the address. Officers arrived on the scene and observed a minor water leak; the town's Public Works staff was notified. 


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