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Date of Issue: January 13, 2010

HBPD asking for identification in aid

A witness’s photograph of a burglar at work in the 3700 block of Fourth Avenue in Holmes Beach.

Holmes Beach Officer Cliff Boltwood was dispatched to a vacation rental at 3700 block of Fourth Avenue in November in reference to a possible burglary.

Boltwood contacted a witness, who said he saw a van pull up in the driveway. The witness told Boltwood that he saw the man walk behind the property, and return to the van carrying a pink rope hammock.

The witness said the man got in his van and left, and then returned. He said the same man tried to open the door in Unit 2, but was unable to do so. But he was able to gain entry to Unit 3. The witness said he thought the man might be from the rental agency, until he saw the man run to the van with a flat-screen television.

That’s when the witness thought to call the police department, according to an HBPD report.

The witness saw the man return to the unit and leave with a DVD player, and then he observed the suspect wipe the door knob.

The witness said he then called the HBPD to report the incident, and began taking photographs of the suspect.

The HBPD gave Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Bradenton Beach police copies of the pictures and asked that they help search for the tan Mercury Villager.

The man was described as being in his 20s, with short-cut dark hair and beard. He stole a flat-screen television, DVD player and pink rope hammock.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call HBPD at 941-708-5804 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477.

HBPD is at 5801 Marina Drive.