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Man watching movie in swimming trunks asked to relocate

Police responded to a call of a man in his underwear reclining in public. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Friday, April 5

Watch out for flying debris 

1:15 p.m., 4100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Disturbance: Officers were sent to a call for a disturbance in which a caller was worried about thrown debris. At the scene, officers spoke with the complainant who said the condominiums recently constructed a new fence and the maintenance worker on the adjacent property was throwing debris over the fence that almost caused injury to others. The officers then spoke with the maintenance man who said he was getting rid of debris from the recent construction, and that he was not happy with the way the property was left after construction. Both the maintenance worker and complainant agreed to take the matter through the civil process if necessary, but the maintenance worker said he would stop throwing debris. 

Saturday, April 6

Watch your step 

10:09 a.m., 6700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Officer Public Service: A citizen called the police worried about a fiberglass object sticking out of the water that was a potential danger. An officer arrived at the beach, removed the object with pliers, and deduced it was a fiberglass support for a kite. 

Sunday, April 7 

Maybe it's time to take the test

1:39 p.m., 2500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Vehicle Stop: An officer observed a car fail to come to a complete stop at a red light before making a turn and proceeded to pull the vehicle over. The driver was identified with a driver’s license from a different country. He admitted to not having a Florida driver’s license though he has lived in the state for 10 years. The reason, he said, is because he is afraid to take the driver's license test because he doesn’t speak English well. The officer gave the driver a criminal citation and allowed the driver to park the vehicle at a friend’s house. 

Not for public use 

7:44 p.m., 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Suspicious Incident: A resident called police to report a stolen beach chair. He told officers that he saw a man load the chair into a vehicle and then park down the street before the family took the chair to the beach. Officers waited near the vehicle and spoke with one of the family members who said they thought the chair was a public beach chair since it was near the beach with other chairs. She returned the chair to its location. 

Monday, April 8

Can't stay here 

2:33 p.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Road

Suspicious Person: Dispatch sent an officer to respond to a report of a man lying in public in his underwear. At the scene, the responding officer found the man in red swim trunks sitting in a beach chair and watching a movie on his computer. After speaking to the officer, the man said he would find a better spot. 

Tuesday, April 9

Well that’s a coincidence 

11:57 a.m., 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Lost/Found Property: A community member flagged down an officer and said a cellphone and wallet were left behind at Bayfront Park. The officer canvassed the area and found the objects. In the wallet, the officer checked the driver’s license but could not find any helpful information to locate the owner. Another officer was calling for additional units for a traffic stop, so the officer went to respond to that. While on that traffic stop, the officer noticed a woman in the area that matched the description of the driver’s license found in the wallet. She confirmed her identity and the officer returned her property. 

Suspicious green leaves

12:30 p.m., 4200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Vehicle Stop: An officer on patrol noticed a vehicle driving in the bike lane and pulled the driver over. When the officer approached the car, the driver was unable to provide any identification other than his name and date of birth. A database check showed the driver did not have a valid driver’s license. When the officer returned to the driver, he saw the driver reaching around under his seat and around his waistband area. According to the officer’s report, there was a strong odor of marijuana and there was a green, leafy substance on the driver’s pants. The officer had the driver step out of the vehicle and patted him down. A clear bag of marijuana and a brown paper bag with a crushed, white pill were found in the driver’s waistband. The officer arrested the driver and arranged for the car to be towed. 

Wednesday, April 10 

Unwanted house guest 

12:21 p.m., 500 block of Gunwale Lane

Animal Problem: A resident called police to assist with a black snake in her living room under a sofa. The officer was able to find the snake and moved it outside. 

Thursday, April 11

Just the wind 

3:15 a.m., 700 block of Broadway Street

Suspicious Incident: Dispatch sent an officer to investigate a resident’s report of a loud banging coming from his backyard. The resident told dispatch that there was nothing suspicious seen on his security cameras, but he believed the gate was being slammed shut. At the time, the area was under a high wind advisory. An officer went to check out the report and found the gate slightly ajar, but nothing more. The resident was advised that the culprit was probably the wind. 



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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