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Civil disturbance between homeowner and cleaner raises suspicions

A cleaner returned to a resident’s property after a check for payment failed to clear. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Sunday, Dec. 17

Runaway boat

12:11 p.m., 700 block of Norton Street 

Lost/Found Property: A marine patrol officer was dispatched to meet with a resident who claimed a 24-foot vessel was caught on a nearby seawall. The caller removed the vessel and secured it to his dock for the time being. The officer searched the vessel’s identification number through an online database and was able to contact the owner. He said the vessel floated off his lift and made arrangements to recover it. 

Monday, Dec. 18

Accidental vandalism 

7:30 a.m., 700 block of Saint Judes Drive North 

Property Damage: A resident called to report an incident that occurred about a month ago. She said a concrete truck came through the neighborhood and pushed a boulder onto her property and into a $1,000 yard ornament. According to the report, the resident just wanted the incident documented but there was no more to report at the time. 

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Suspicious beach plastic 

8:39 a.m., 5700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Lost/Found Property: Officers were sent to investigate a yellow object reported on the shoreline of the beach. The officers used the department’s ATV to locate the large piece of plastic on the beach. After taking the object to the trash cans at the beach access, the officers notified Public Works. 

Can’t mix that

10:46 a.m., 600 block of Norton Street 

Suspicious Incident: Dispatch sent Longboat Key Police to a report of a pool worker draining pool water into the canal. Upon arrival, the officer met with the pool worker who was observed to be draining the water into the canal. The officer issued him a town ordinance violation and was advised to stop. 

Saturday, Dec. 23

Assisting the animals

11:22 a.m., 2400 block of Harbourside Drive  

Animal Problem: An injured pelican prompted a concerned caller to request police assistance. The responding officer located the injured pelican and directed Save Our Seabirds rescuers to its location. 

Tuesday, Dec. 26 

Returned for payment

3:20 p.m., 100 block of Sands Point Road 

Civil Disturbance: Officers were sent to a civil disturbance call in which multiple residents complained about yelling coming from a unit, but both parties had left the scene prior to police arrival. The responding officers contacted the homeowner, who said her son was arguing with a lady they had hired to clean the unit. Both the homeowner’s son and the cleaner returned to the unit within minutes of each other. After interviewing both parties, it was revealed that the cleaner had returned to the residence after the check she was given by the family did not clear, leading to the disagreement. 

Thursday, Dec. 28

What's the racket?

10:57 p.m., 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Noise Disturbance: Longboat Key officers were dispatched to investigate complaints of people swimming in a pool after hours and causing a noise disturbance. On the scene, the officer was unable to locate people in the pool area but heard excessive noise from a nearby unit. The officer knocked on the door and advised the occupant of the noise ordinance, to which he said he would close the window and keep the noise down. 



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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