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Woman unable to locate her car in parking lot asks for police assistance

The responding Longboat Key officer went on the hunt for the citizen’s vehicle in the public parking lot. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Friday, Jan. 26

All out of juice

4:45 p.m., 3100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Officer Public Service: Dispatch sent a Longboat Key officer to a citizen assist call when a man in an electric wheelchair called and said his chair was about to run out of power. The officer located the man traveling northbound on the sidewalk, and he said he would not be able to make it home with the amount of charge left in the battery. Another citizen was on scene with her husband, and they offered to help transport the man home. The officer followed them to the man’s house and assisted in getting him and his wheelchair into his residence. 

Saturday, Jan. 27

Beach chair conundrum 

11:44 a.m., 1000 block of Longboat Club Road

Officer Public Service: A citizen complaint sent a Longboat Key officer to the beach. The citizen called to complain about a private beach chair and did not want to meet with police. The caller said an unknown man was sitting on a chair with an orange towel, and that she was upset with how the man responded to her. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the sitting man, who said his family has a residence at the nearby complex. 

Officer to the rescue 

6:17 p.m., 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Disabled Vehicle: An officer responded to a call about a disabled vehicle and found a woman who said she had run out of gas while sitting in traffic waiting to cross the bridge. The responding officer then went to get two gallons of gas and helped fill the driver’s tank. She was able to leave the island without any other problems. 

Cause for celebration

10:05 p.m., 5000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Noise Disturbance: A noise complaint sent a Longboat Key officer to investigate. On scene, the officer heard loud live music coming from the back of the mentioned residence. When the officer spoke with the homeowner, the owner said he was having a 50th birthday party for a family member and did not realize what time it was. The owner turned down the music and moved the party inside. 

Tuesday, Jan. 30

Dogs being dogs

9:54 a.m., 500 block of Schooner Lane

Animal Problem: An officer was dispatched for a welfare check on a dog that was howling. The officer arrived at the reported residence and tried to contact the homeowner, but it appeared no one was home. From outside, the officer could see two dogs inside the residence, but did not hear any howling. The dogs seemed to be okay, according to the officer’s report. 

Police, not mechanics

5:59 p.m., 3000 block of Grand Bay Boulevard 

Officer Public Service: Dispatch asked that a Longboat Key officer contact a citizen who needed help. An officer spoke with the caller, who said she had an electric rental vehicle that would not turn off. The officer advised her to call the rental car company to have the vehicle towed or serviced; no police services were necessary. 

Thursday, Feb. 1

Rambunctious raccoon 

9:25 a.m., 500 block of Halyard Lane 

Animal Problem: A concerned citizen called police to alert them of a raccoon in a dumpster that appeared to be acting weird. An officer contacted Animal Services. 

Officer, where’s my car?

2:31 p.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway

Officer Public Service: An officer was flagged down by a woman in a grocery store parking lot. She said she had been searching the parking lot for a long time and could not locate her vehicle. After telling the officer the make, model and license plate number, the officer went looking for the vehicle while the citizen waited in the squad car. The officer was able to find her vehicle and reunite the owner with her vehicle. 



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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