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Police investigate reported suspicious man talking to himself on a bicycle

A caller reported the suspicious cyclist, but officers were unable to find him. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Friday, Nov. 3 

Return of the car haulers 

8:58 a.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway 

Citizen Assist: A citizen called to report a car hauler parked in the rear loading dock of a grocery store. When an officer arrived at the scene, the caller said the car’s owner moved the vehicle and parked it before police arrived. The officer was unable to spot the owner, and did not witness any violations.

Roof ruckus 

6:07 p.m., 4800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Suspicious Incident:  A Longboat Key Police officer was dispatched to a report of construction workers yelling on a rooftop. The officer arrived on scene and saw four workers sitting inside a pickup truck on the lot. The four said everything was fine. According to them, they hadn’t been arguing and stopped working at 5 p.m., but were talking on the roof after that. The officer advised the workers of the town ordinance, and recommended that they leave the construction site after work in the future.

Sunday, Nov. 5 

Lost, and found, dog 

5:17 p.m., 2600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Animal Complaint: Someone called to report finding a dog at the beach. When police arrived, the finder was able to call the owner through a number on the dog’s tag. The owner responded and came to the location to pick up the dog. He said the dog accidentally escaped through the back door of his house. 

Monday, Nov. 6

Conversational cyclist

8:09 a.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway

Suspicious Person: An officer responded to a call about a man on a bike talking to himself. At the scene, the officer was unable to find the cyclist. 

People power

10:05 a.m., 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen Assist: While on patrol, an officer saw an elderly man on a mobility scooter who was not moving. Two officers talked with the man, who said his battery died and he was unable to make it home. The officers pushed the man and his scooter back to his residence safely. 

Tuesday, Nov. 7 

Neighborly dispute 

9:59 a.m., 6800 block of Longboat Drive South 

Citizen Dispute: A resident called Longboat Key Police to report a dispute he had with a driver on Longboat Drive South. He said he observed a vehicle speeding down the road, so he followed the vehicle to be a “friendly neighbor” and let them know the speed limit is 20 mph. The driver was apparently disrespectful and told the resident to mind his business. The resident wanted the police to speak with the driver, but a canvass of the area proved unsuccessful in locating the driver. 

Working late 

8:01 p.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Road 

Suspicious Vehicle: An officer on night patrol investigated a car parked in the grass area near a local organization. A check of the vehicle showed it was not reported stolen or abandoned. The officer could not see any signs of forced entry. As the officer was checking out the vehicle, an occupant of the building approached and said the car was owned by an employee working late. 

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Just moving furniture 

9:09 a.m., 800 block of Penfield Street 

Alarm: Police were dispatched to an active burglary alarm. Upon arrival, the officer approached a man inside the residence. He said he had permission from the owner to move furniture and was not aware the alarm was set before opening the front doors. There was no sign of forced entry, and texts between the man and owner confirmed the story. 

Thursday, Nov. 9 

Calling for backup 

6:58 p.m., 6100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen Assist: An officer responded to a possible water main break. There was minor flooding around the area, according to the officer’s report. Public Works was contacted and responded to the issue. 



Carter Weinhofer

Carter Weinhofer is the Longboat Key news reporter for the Observer. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, he moved to St. Petersburg to attend Eckerd College until graduating in 2023. During his entire undergraduate career, he worked at the student newspaper, The Current, holding positions from science reporter to editor-in-chief.

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