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Reported residential break-in determined to be a dream

A resident called to report there was an intruder in her house, but told responding officers it must have been a dream. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Friday, June 28

Sister Keys Fight Club 

10:50 a.m., Sister Keys 

Disturbance: An anonymous caller reported that two citizens planned to fight at the Sister Keys sandbar over the weekend. A day after the tip came in, an officer located one of the potential fighters on his vessel and asked him about his involvement in the altercation. The man said he and the other person had been involved in verbal altercations about vessel speeds. He also claimed the two had not seen each other in a few days, and he was not planning on fighting him at Sister Keys. The officer called the other man involved, who said he had been avoiding the other man and would not engage in a physical altercation. A Bradenton Beach Police officer was also notified of the report. 

Saturday, June 29

Just a dream

1:59 a.m., 3500 block of Mistletoe Lane

Suspicious Incident: Dispatch advised an officer to a report of a suspicious incident. At the scene, the officer spoke with the caller who said she had a vivid dream and thought there was an intruder in her house. The caller and a family member stated they checked the house before the officer arrived and no signs of forced entry were reported or observed. 

Service interruption 

12:41 p.m., 700 block of Emerald Harbor Drive

Officer Public Service: A resident called the police to report that she had recently returned after being away for a couple of months and now had no running water. The officer determined that the handyman turned off the water, and the water was able to be turned back on. 

No vessels allowed 

3:15 p.m., Beer Can Island

Vehicle Stop: A marine patrol officer observed two individuals together, but with separate pontoon vessels, in the vessel exclusion zone at Beer Can Island. Upon approaching the boaters, the two told the officer they entered the zone to seek shelter from a storm. But the story didn’t quite check out as numerous people were enjoying the beach in front of the vessels, according to the officer’s report. The two were given citations for violation of the exclusion zone. 

Escort to safety 

4:05 p.m. Jewfish Key

Officer Public Service: While on marine patrol, an officer noticed a disabled vehicle west of Jewfish Key and approached the vehicle. The officer was able to help the crew get the vessel into safe waters, but when one of the individuals said she was not feeling well, the officer transported her and two others to a local restaurant. Others remained at the boat to wait for a commercial tow. 

Monday, July 1

Attempt to flee

7:44 p.m., 100 block of North Shore Road

Suspicious Vehicle: An officer on patrol saw a motorcycle parked in front of a handicapped parking sign. The officer investigated, did not see any handicap sign on the motorcycle, found that the license plate number was expired and then wrote a citation for the handicap parking violation. 

After that, the officer continued routine patrol down to Broadway Street and then returned to North Shore Road, where the officer saw a man on the motorcycle attempting to leave. When the motorcyclist saw the patrol car, the man attempted to put the motorcycle in gear, revved the motor and tried to flee. The officer quickly exited his vehicle and stopped the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist said he just purchased the vehicle and had not yet registered it. 

After searching the motorcyclist's name in a database, the officer found that the man did not have a driver’s license. The man had to make arrangements for the motorcycle to be removed, and the officer warned him that operating without a license is a criminal offense.

Thursday, July 4

Tired-out swimmer

1:59 a.m., Beer Can Island

Citizen Assist: Officers on marine patrol observed a man about 150 yards offshore with a float. The officers spoke with the man who said he attempted to swim to a sandbar but became fatigued. The man was given a courtesy ride back to the shore. 



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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