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Resident worries about personal info after grocery delivery

A Longboat Key resident called police after a delivery driver scanned her driver’s license to drop off a bottle of wine. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Friday, June 7

Standard grocery procedure  

11:58 a.m., 3600 block of Fair Oaks Place

Officer Public Service: Dispatch sent an officer to speak with a resident who was concerned after a grocery delivery. She said she recently had a grocery order delivered, and the delivery driver had to verify she was of legal drinking age due to a bottle of wine in the order. The delivery driver scanned her driver’s license with his phone, and she was worried her information was taken and not a routine part of the process. The officer explained to the resident that it was normal practice to ensure alcohol isn’t delivered to minors. 

Sunday, June 9

Golf cart drive-by 

9:30 a.m., 600 block of Cedar Street 

Disturbance: At the scene, an officer met with the complainant who said he was standing in the road on the edge of his property when a neighbor came around the corner in a golf cart and almost hit him. The man said he and the golf cart driver had some disputes several years ago and have not had contact for more than a year. 

The officer then spoke with the golf cart driver, who explained he was not expecting someone to be standing on the roadway when he turned the corner. He said that when he passed by, the complainant began to scream obscenities at him. 

The driver insisted on going back to the residence to apologize to the complainant and said it was an accident. Both parties agreed to limit contact with one another and calm down for the time being. 

Too smart a device

12:02 p.m., 200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Suspicious Incident: An officer was dispatched to a suspicious incident. The officer met a man at the scene who said his smart watch called 911 when he fell off his paddleboard. Everything was fine, and he turned off the watch to avoid a repeat false alarm. 

Monday, June 10

Innocent family meal

10:55 p.m., 6900 block of Poinsettia Avenue

Noise Disturbance: Dispatch sent an officer to investigate a noise disturbance called in by an anonymous caller. At the scene, the officer did not hear any excessive noise and spoke with the resident in question. The resident said his family was eating in the kitchen but not making any loud noises. 

Tuesday, June 11

In troubled waters 

7:20 p.m., 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Disabled Vehicle: The Longboat Key Fire Rescue Department advised the Police Department of a few disabled vehicles near this portion of GMD. Upon arrival, officers saw a rental vehicle submerged in water past the bottom of the doors. The officer called for towing assistance since the vehicle was blocking the southbound lane, causing both lanes of GMD to be closed for an extended period. After the rain slowed, officers performed traffic control to allow vehicles to pass in one lane until a tow truck arrived to remove the vehicle. 

Thursday, June 13

Trouble with fresh locks  

2:45 p.m., 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Officer Public Service: Officers responded promptly to a possible burglary reported by a property supervisor. The supervisor said he noticed curtains were closed and it seemed the front door was locked or barricaded. The curtains were open the previous day and no one was supposed to be in the residence, and the supervisor was adamant someone was inside. 

Officers knocked on the door multiple times to make their presence known, and the supervisor continued trying to open the front door. An officer was able to push open a patio door and other officers came to assist. The residence appeared undisturbed. 

The supervisor said new locks were recently installed, and it appeared they were not set correctly in the door. 



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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