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Longboat Key Police activity week of March 11, 2022

March 4

Abandoned vehicle

9:30 a.m.

Officer Connors responded to the 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of an abandoned skiff type vessel. Upon arrival, the vessel was quite a distance away, entangled in the mangroves in the area of Buttonwood Harbor. The area is inaccessible via boat and is in very shallow water. Upon further investigation, it appeared that the skiff type vessel was mistaken for a small, floating dock that may have broken free. An attempt to retrieve the dock will be conducted at a later time when the tides cooperate. Case clear.


Citizen assist

3:18 p.m.

Officer Montfort responded to Harbour Sound for a report of a bird in an attic. Officer Montfort arrived on scene and was greeted by the caller. While speaking with the caller, Officer Montfort detected the chirping noise that was reported. Officer Montfort was able to locate the sound of the chirping which was a very old smoke detector. Officer Montfort removed the smoke detector from the pantry and observed that it expired in 2003 Officer Montfort also observed that the batteries were from 2009. Officer Montfort determined that the smoke detector would have to be replaced. Case clear.


Welfare check

7:30 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to Bayou Court for a welfare check. The complainant who is in New Jersey was concerned as she has not been able to contact her grandparents. Upon officers’ arrival, a check of the home was negative for anything suspicious. Officers were able to contact the homeowner who was not the subjects they were looking for. A check of the property appraiser’s office revealed that the property had been sold several times in the last few years. Officer Nagell contacted the complainant who advised that she was unaware that her grandparents had moved, however, it had been several years since she had contact with them. Case clear.

Traffic hazard

10:22 p.m.

Officer Tillman while on patrol, observed a large umbrella stand in the roadway at the 6000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The object was causing a traffic hazard and was removed from the roadway. Case status closed.


March 5

Suspicious person

11:15 a.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol in the area of Linley Street boat ramp, he observed a man swimming from an anchored sailboat to shore. Officer Vazeos and Officer Connors escorted the man to shore without incident. While speaking with the man, he advised that his wife was left on the sailboat and needed a ride to shore due to their dinghy being disabled. Officers transported the woman to shore without incident. Case clear.


Animal complaint

11:30 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to Buttonwood Drive for a complaint about a barking dog. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman located the barking dog and spoke with the owner who says he has a new puppy that is barking. The owner advised that he has made most of his neighbors aware of the new addition. The man stated that he would bring the dog inside for the evening. Case clear.


March 7

Citizen dispute

4:01 p.m.

Officer Connors and Officer Martinson were dispatched to the area of Linley Street boat ramp for a report of a past disturbance between two residents. Upon arrival, Officer Connors spoke to the complainant who advised that he got I a dispute with an unknown village resident over a small sailboat that was beached in the designated dinghy beach area. The complainant advised that the unknown person was threatening to cut the sailboat loose and drift it into the bay. The complainant advised that a verbal argument ensued with the unknown person leaving the area on a bicycle. The complainant requested the incident be documented in case of further actions. A brief search of the area of the other party was negative. Case clear.


March 8

Found property

10:09 a.m.

Officer Zunz met with a resident in the police station for a report of a found property. Officer Zunz called the owner of the found debit card, he advised her that the police department has her card and she said she would be in shortly to claim it. The debit card was placed into a temporary locker for safe keeping. Nothing further.


Agency assistance

2:00 p.m.

Officer Connors responded to Jewfish Key for a report of a boat crash. Prior to arrival, it was determined that there were no injuries and one boat involved may have left the area. Upon arrival, Officer Connors spoke to the complainant who advised that another boat had run over his anchor line and in the process of doing so, became disabled and drifted into his boat causing damage. The boat had drifted away from the damaged boat. While speaking with the complainant, Officer Connors advised that Manatee Sheriff’s Office marine unit was on location and assisting. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified in regards to the incident and would be dispatched. Case clear.


March 9

Agency assistance

3:00 a.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to New Pass Bridge located at Gulf of Mexico Drive for an outside agency assist call for a water rescue with Sarasota Police Department 10. Upon arrival, Sarasota Police located the boat in the water under the bridge with the person on the boat who appeared to be asleep, the police were able to make contact with the person on the boat who advised that he did not need emergency services. Case closed.


Stolen vehicle

10:02 a.m.

Officer Hodo and Sgt. Cooper were dispatched to the 1200 block in reference to a stolen vehicle. Officers made contact with the complainant and he said that he checked the parking garage and was not able to locate his rental car. Officers went to the parking garage and located the complainant’s rental car without further incident. Nothing further. Case clear.

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