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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Holmes Beach cops nab two burglars

The Holmes Beach Police Department arrested two individuals in two separate burglary incidents this past week.

Wednesday, Oct. 27, officers received a phone call from a resident in the 400 block of 63rd Street regarding a suspicious person. The caller indicated that a man had entered her home, but quickly left when he saw her husband in the house.

Neighbors in the area also reported that a man was seen entering a residence through an unlocked door at approximately 3:45 p.m. Officers arrested Luise Rodriguez, 24, who was found inside the home. He voluntarily surrendered to officers and was charged with burglary.

Rodriguez reportedly broke a window and caused other damage inside the home, which was unoccupied at the time.

The following day at approximately 10:25 a.m., officers arrested a 17-year-old Bradenton Beach resident with the assistance of the Bradenton Police Department.

Holmes Beach officers were contacted by a resident in the 100 block of 50th Street in reference to an occupied burglary. The caller told police she discovered the juvenile in her home in the act of stealing her purse.

The homeowner confronted the juvenile, but he fled the residence. Neighbors were unable to detain the suspect and, by the time officers arrived on the scene, they were unable to locate him.

Shortly after the incident, officers from the Bradenton Police Department notified Holmes Beach that a suspect in a suspicious person report had been detained and fit the description of the burglary suspect.

The homeowner was able to positively identify the suspect located by Bradenton officers as the same juvenile that entered her home and stole her purse.

He was arrested and charged with one count of burglary to an occupied dwelling and transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.