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Date of Issue: August 04, 2010

Police chief seeks quick arrest

Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine and Debbie Lannon, wife of the late officer Pete Lannon, who is depicted on the sign, unveiled the sign at the park dedication in 2008.

To say the Holmes Beach police chief is miffed in the wake of the theft of the Holmes Beach skate park sign would be an understatement.

The sign depicts a portrait of HBPD Officer Pete Lannon, and honored his service to the city as its community officer and liaison to the Anna Maria Elementary School, prior to his death in 2007.

The sign was found in good condition and recovered from the rear yard of a vacant Key Royale home July 31 after it was sighted and reported by a jogger.

The city learned of the sign theft July 27, when crews from public works prepared to mow grass around the skate park.

Surveillance video was reviewed, and police determined the theft occurred July 11.

“The individuals walked up to the sign and pulled it out of the ground and walked away with it” sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 5 a.m., Chief Jay Romine said.

Romine said the department is in the process of further enhancing its video for identification, and that Mayor Rich Bohnenberger announced a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves.

“We hope someone needs the money and turns them in first,” before police get the enhancement, he said. The cost of the sign in 2008 was $1,200.

To report information on this crime to the HBPD, call 941-708-5804.