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Date of Issue: April 07, 2010

Crime spikes in Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach saw an increase in crimes last week as vacationers clogged the streets and packed the beaches.

At Westbay Cove condominiums, a man stole change from three vehicles before officers made an arrest.

There also were various thefts, including a stolen money clip and a stolen trash can. Officers also stopped a 19-year-old driver who allegedly was driving and drinking beer.

One man at Marina and Gulf drives was rear-ended by a 16-year-old girl with a learner’s permit but no adult driver in the vehicle.

Holmes Beach Police Dept. Lt. Dale Stephenson also said there were a few fights on the beaches involving minors.

The final week in March means spring break for many high schoolers, and usually at that time the city sees a jump in crimes.

“When kids get out of school, we have a little spike in crimes,” Stephenson said. “This kind of stuff happens during spring break and right after school ends.”

Stephenson said it was not easy for police to patrol gridlocked streets, but he predicts traffic will decline this week.

“There are still some families down here, but I think this weekend will be a decline,” he said. “People should still wear their seatbelts, be prudent how they drive when we have this amount of traffic and understand it’s going to take a little longer to get wherever you’re going. And be patient.”

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