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HB man arrested with burglary tools

A Holmes Beach man faces charges of trespass and possession of burglary tools.

Michael Edward Wallen, 23, of Holmes Beach, was arrested at about 4 a.m. May 17 in the 500 block of Key Royale Drive.

Wallen was inside a truck, lying across the front passenger seat when Holmes Beach Police Officer Brian Hall noticed him, according to an HBPD probable cause affidavit.

The report stated that Wallen was “looking inside … the interior of the vehicle with a flashlight.”

Hall, on a routine patrol of the area, stopped and turned his vehicle around. He then saw Wallen walking along the street.

After stopping Wallen, Hall contacted the truck’s owner, who said Wallen did not have reason to be inside the vehicle.

Wallen later told Hall that “he was looking for his bag of dope he tossed earlier in the evening,” the report stated.

Trespass to a conveyance is classified as a misdemeanor and possession of burglary tools is classified as a felony.

Wallen, who was released from the Manatee County jail the day he was arrested, is scheduled to appear in court June 24.

Wallen also is scheduled to go to trial in July on a domestic battery charge.

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