Plea hearing set in panty case

A plea hearing is set for Oct. 11 for a Holmes Beach man accused of raiding a neighbor’s dresser for panties.

Ernest Kendler, 63, is accused of stealing underwear from two women who live near his home on Neptune Lane. He is charged with one count of burglary to an occupied dwelling, a second-degree felony.

The Holmes Beach Police Department executed a search warrant at Kendler’s home Dec. 14, 2010, and arrested him Jan. 10.

Kendler entered a not guilty plea and demanded a jury trial, which was scheduled for October at the Manatee County Judicial Center.

However, a five-minute plea hearing is now set for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11.

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