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Longboat Key Police activity week of May 13, 2022

The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy.

May 6

Suspicious person

9:59 p.m.

Sgt. Puccio was dispatched to the 7200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive at the Longboat Pass Bridge in reference to three or four individuals fishing from the wrong area on the bridge. Upon arrival, Sgt. Puccio observed the individuals fishing and doing nothing wrong. Nothing further.


May 7

Property damage

4:42 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to the 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to property damage. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the complainant who stated that the electric light pole at the parking lot fell on his parked vehicle at the parking lot during the storm. He further stated that he saw the light pole swaying left to right and moved his girlfriend’s vehicle to a different parking spot prior to the incident. Officer Nazareno observed damage to the roof rack on the right rear side of the vehicle, the complainant was given a case number, and Officer Nazareno assisted the security officer on scene in removing the light pole from the vehicle. No other vehicles were damaged from the incident. Case closed.

May 8

Citizen assist

10:28 a.m.

Officer Nazareno was dispatched to the corner of Reclinata Drive and Gulf of Mexico Drive for a citizen assist call regarding an electric junction box opened at the location. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno observed the opened junction box which did not show any signs of tampering or vandalism. Officer Nazareno was unable to secure and lock the electric junction box. Sgt. Smith notified FPL of the incident. The caller did not wish to be seen or contacted. Case closed.


Noise complaints from land

12:05 p.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to Fair Oaks Place for a report of noise. Sgt. Smith arrived and made contact with the homeowner. The homeowner indicated he was spraying off his pool deck and used the vacuum to clean up dirt. Per town ordinance there was no violation. Case clear.

Citizen assist

11:34 p.m.

Sgt. Puccio responded to Broadway in reference to a vehicle with a flat tire. Upon arrival, Sgt. Puccio made contact with the complainant who related she had a flat tire and requested a tow truck to be called to assist. At that point, Sgt. Puccio contacted dispatch who summoned the towing company who responded and assisted. Nothing further to report. Case clear.


May 9

Citizen assist

9:57 a.m.

Officer Nagell was flagged down by the complainant who requested that he stand by with him while he retrieved his tools from a job site which he was terminated from. Officer Nagell met the complainant at the location and stood by without incident, and he was able to collect his tools. Case clear.


May 10

Noise complaints

3:46 a.m.

Officer Tillman responded to a noise complaint at Whitney’s Plaza. Officers arrived on scene and observed the music at Whitney’s Restaurant had been left on. A keyholder was not available. The music was noticed as coming from six exterior speakers. The speakers were placed face down in which muffled the sound. Officer Tillman later spoke to the owner of Whitney’s Restaurant and advised him of the noise complaint. He said the speakers were left on by accident at closing and that it would not happen again. Case clear.


May 11

Suspicious person

10:33 p.m.

Sgt. Puccio responded to the 3300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to two individual by the pool area who were not supposed to be there. Upon arrival, Sgt. Puccio made contact with the caller who stated that there were two white male subjects by the pool that were not supposed to be there. A check of the area led to negative results in locating the subjects. Upon departing the area, Sgt. Puccio was stopped by the caller who related he had been informed that the two subjects were guests and were allowed to be in the pool area. Nothing further to report. Case clear.


May 12

Noise complaints from land

6:23 a.m.

Officer Martinson was dispatched to Hibiscus Way on a call of a noise complaint. Upon arrival, there were two workers on site but they were not doing any construction or using power driven machinery or equipment. They stated they had set up a large underground drill for piping. They stated they would not do any drilling until 8 a.m. Case clear.


Abandoned vehicle

2:45 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Whitney Beach Plaza for an abandoned vehicle call. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the manager who advised that a white Nissan had been parked at Whitney’s private parking lot for over five days. The vehicle is registered to a rental car in Orlando, FCIC/NCIC checks showed that the vehicle is not currently reported as lost or stolen. No signs of attempted forced entry were observed. Attempts were made to contact the rental agency by Sgt. Smith but officers were unable to reach a representative through their automated phone system. The manager of Whitney’s advised that she will contact a local towing company to remove the vehicle from the location. Case closed.


Citizen dispute

6:01 p.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to a report of a disturbance at the 200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Sgt. Smith made contact with the complainant and she stated that there was a couple that were refusing to pay for their meal and would not leave when requested. Sgt. Smith asked the manager to give the individuals his phone number so that he could explain their options. A short time later, Sgt. Smith was contacted by a male subject with a British accent, he stated he was not happy with the way he and his wife were treated. Sgt. Smith explained to the man that in the state of Florida, defrauding an innkeeper, he and his wife could be arrested for refusing to pay. The man said he understood and Sgt. Smith was informed by the complainant that the bill was paid in full. Case clear.


Suspicious incident

11:33 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to the 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a suspicious incident call involving an unknown man who had entered into the balcony of a guest room. Upon arrival, the security and on duty manager advised that the guest in question had accidentally entered the wrong room balcony and all was in order. They required no further assistance from the police department. Nothing further to report. Case clear.

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