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Man pleads not guilty to theft

By Lisa Neff, Islander Reporter

A 62-year-old Holmes Beach man accused of stealing underwear from a neighboring home pleaded not guilty to a burglary charge.

Ernest A. Kendler was arrested after law enforcement officers searched his residence and found pairs of women’s panties identified as belonging to a 23-year-old neighbor who reported them stolen in November, according to a police report.

Kendler pleaded not guilty earlier this month, according to records at the Manatee County Judicial Center in Bradenton.

Through Bradenton attorney Mark Lipinski, Kendler also filed a motion asking the court to order the state attorney’s office to produce photographs of any evidence collected. Photographs are needed because the underwear was sent to a lab for analysis.

The warrant that led to the search of Kendler’s property said a woman told the Holmes Beach Police Department she was missing two dozen pairs of panties and that her 21-year-old sister was missing 16 pairs of underwear.

The woman also said that on Nov. 6, 2010, she saw a man going through a dresser drawer in her sister’s bedroom, according to the warrant. The intruder did not face the woman, even as he left, but she said she believes the man to be Kendler.

Lipinski’s motion states that police seized nine items from Kendler’s residence, five of which were returned to him the day the warrant was executed.

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