The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy.
Officer Zunz responded to the police department for a found iPhone. The complainant advised that upon returning home from a restaurant last evening, she emptied her purse to discover the phone, which she had never seen before, amongst the contents that spilled out; she had no idea how or when the phone found its way into her purse. The phone’s battery was out, so Officer Zunz powered it to a 5 percent charge to discover a photo of a woman and a young boy on the lock screen with the language on the phone set to Spanish. Officer Zunz put the phone into a temporary locker for safe keeping. Nothing further to report.
Sgt. Smith was dispatched to the 1900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a request to assist in locating a post office employee at the Longboat Key Post Office and needed their help locking the community mailbox. Sgt. Smith made contact with an employee at the post office and they indicated they had already sent someone to secure it. Case clear.
Officer Martinson responded to a business check and found a rear door unlocked. The unlocked door was to a bathroom that led into an old storage area inside the business which was under construction. The area was completely empty aside from some construction materials and industrial style fans. When Officer Martinson checked the inside of the business, everything appeared to be normal with no one found inside. There were no signs of forced entry. Officer Martinson left a business card with a case number and was able to lock the door when he exited. Case clear.
Sgt. Smith responded to Winslow Place for a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in a driveway. Sgt. Smith made contact with the caller and he stated the owner and the vehicle did have permission to park in his driveway, case clear.
Dog on beach
Officer Butler responded to the 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a dog on the beach. Officer Butler made contact with the dog’s owner after canvasing the area, and the woman was informed of the town ordinance not allowing dogs on the beach. The owner provided the officer with service animal paperwork, no violation of the ordinance was committed.
Officer Martinson was dispatched to 2600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a call of a citizen assist. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson met with the staff who stated there was a blue Jaguar with a trailer blocking a portion of the parking lot. Officer Martinson ran the vehicle’s license plate. The registered owner was staying on site and the officers would contact him to move the vehicle.
Officer Connors was dispatched to Sarasota Bay for a report of an abandoned vessel. Upon arrival, Officer Connors observed the boat as not being abandoned and has recently transferred ownership. The boat is anchored, not a hazard and no violations were observed. Case clear.
Sgt. Smith while on patrol, was dispatched to Yardarm Lane for the report of landscaping trucks blocking the roadway for through traffic. Sgt. Smith stooped at the construction sites in the area and let the workers know of the safety hazard. They stated they will make sure the road is clear for vehicle. Sgt. Smith advised them to pass on the message to the various subcontractors to pick one side of the road to park. Case clear.
Sgt. Smith while on patrol, was dispatched to Broadway for an animal complaint. It was reported that three dogs were located on a white sailboat and were unattended. Sgt. Smith arrived at the Shore restaurant and attempted to locate the dogs. Sgt. Smith did not observe any dogs on any boats. He then contacted the Marine Patrol Officer Connors who reported that the dogs live on the boats.
Officer Montfort responded to Yawl Lane in reference to a burglar alarm activation. Officer Montfort arrived on scene and was greeted by the homeowner who stated he had just arrived home from a fishing trip. The homeowner had set the alarm off while accessing the rear door.
Officer Montfort was dispatched to the 1500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive to assist Fire Rescue with a small brush fire. Officer Montfort arrive don scene and stood by while the fire department extinguished a small mulch fire. The cause of the fire appeared to be an exposed electrical wire. Case clear.
Officer Tillman responded to the 1900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in response to a citizen needing assistance. Officer Tillman responded along with Fire Rescue and assisted until a police presence was no longer needed. It was determined that the smoke detector was beeping due to a low battery. Case clear.
Officer Nazareno responded to Marbury Lane for a citizen assist call regarding construction work at the location where dump trucks were unloading fill dirt with no construction work permit. Prior to arrival, Officer Nazareno was contacted by Sgt. Smith who verified from Planning and Building Department that there was no work permit issued for the location. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the worker who works for the construction company and ordered him to cease all construction work at the location, due to not having a construction permit issued. There was a dump truck with a full load of fill dirt which left the location. The worker was not able to provide the officer the property owner’s information. The worker contacted the construction office and was advised over the phone that they could not find any work permits for the location. Officer Nazareno remained on scene until the worker was able to remove all construction equipment from the location. Officer Nazareno also attempted to contact code enforcement Officer Chris Kopp but was unable to reach him at his office. A copy of the police report will be forwarded to Code Enforcement. Case clear.
Officer Zunz responded to the front desk of the Police Department for a found iPhone. The man stated he was parked outside of a customer’s home on Old Compass Road and when he returned to his work truck he found an iPhone that did not belong to him in his center console. In the phone case there was a card also, the phone and card were put into evidence as found property. Case clear.