Friday, October 20
No foul play
11:03 p.m., 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Property Damage, Not Vandalism: While conducting business checks around Whitney Beach Plaza, an officer noticed a broken front window. The incident appeared to be an accident, according to the officer, for he noticed a metal chair resting up against the broken glass. Exact time of the incident was unknown, and the window damage was estimated to be about $1,000. The sergeant on duty contacted the business owner, who said she would contact the property manager and report the damage.
Saturday, October 21
7:51 p.m., 300 block of North Shore Road
Citizen Assist: An officer on patrol observed a BMW illegally parked in a “No Parking Zone” and blocking a gravel driveway. The officer left a ticket with the vehicle.
Sunday, October 22
Can’t play nice
10:01 a.m., 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Citizen Dispute: A civil dispute call at Bayfront Park promoted Longboat Key police response. At the scene, a sergeant spoke with the complainant. The complainant said another woman with two dogs approached her and started cursing at her for having small dogs in the same area with two big dogs. The area was indeed marked for big dogs. The officer separated the two and spoke with the yeller, who refused to give her information. It was determined no crime took place, just a verbal dispute.
No dogs allowed
2:06 p.m., 3100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Dog on the Beach: A caller reported a dog on the beach, which sent Longboat Key police to investigate. Upon arrival, an officer found the dog and its owner. The officer informed her about the town’s ordinance. She was given a verbal warning and escorted off the beach.
11:24 p.m., 100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Suspicious Vehicle: While on night patrol, an officer noticed three vehicles parked at Overlook Park after hours. The vehicle owners were at the end of the park fishing. All individuals were given warnings for being in the park after hours, and three parking warnings. The late-night fishermen were ejected from the park.
Monday, October 23
Nothing but net
1:56 p.m., 3600 block of Fair Oaks Place
Boat-Miscellaneous: Officers on marine patrol were dispatched to a resident’s concerned call about a fisherman using nets. Before investigating, the officer spoke with the complainant and said using nets to fish is legal, but he would still check the area for any potential violations. All was in order, though.
Return of the resident
11:59 p.m., 500 block of Cutter Lane
Suspicious Incident: Dispatch sent Longboat Key police to a residential burglary call. At the scene, officers spoke with another resident who said she saw a person entering a house through the garage using a flashlight. The resident said the homeowner wasn’t supposed to be home and she didn’t recognize the car in the driveway. The officers searched the area outside of the residence, looked through windows and didn’t see anyone inside the house initially. Then, police decided to knock on the door and were greeted by the homeowner. She confirmed her identity and said she had just arrived for the season.
Tuesday, October 24
Out of juice
1:30 p.m., 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Citizen Assist: While on patrol, an officer noticed an elderly man on a mobile scooter. The officer talked with the man, who said he ran out of battery on his mobile scooter. Another officer came to assist in pushing the man and his scooter home.
Wednesday, October 25
5:03 p.m., 6100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Noise Complaint: A resident called to report construction noise after 5 p.m. At the scene, the responding officer spoke with the construction supervisor and advised him he was in violation of the town ordinance, and was given a written warning.
Thursday, October 26
12:38 p.m., 2800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Citizen Assist: An officer responded to a call to help a traveler who lost his way. He said he was out of town and didn’t have his cell phone. The responding officer contacted a relative who told the officer where they were staying. The man was given a ride to his rental.