• July 4, 301 N. Bay Blvd., information. While patrolling Bayfront Park, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy came across smoldering embers next to a large tree. The deputy extinguished the embers and questioned parkgoers for information. Witnesses described two Hispanic males who had been in the area, but no suspects were located.
• July 1, 100 Elm Ave., theft. A complainant reported she was at the beach when someone stole her beach bag containing personal items valued at $300.
• July 6, 204 Palmetto Ave., theft. A male complainant reported that someone stole a bicycle valued at $300 while he was inside Slim’s Place.
• July 9, 100 Spring Ave., petit theft. A complainant reported that while inside the Sandbar Restaurant, someone stole his bicycle valued at $200 from the bike rack.
• July 7, 100 S. Bay Blvd., theft. A group of complainants were fishing at the Anna Maria City Pier and left their bicycles in a nearby bike rack. When they returned to the bike rack, the bicycles, valued between $300 and $500, were missing.
• July 6, 400 block of Alamanda Road, reckless driving. A 49-year-old Anna Maria man was arrested for reckless driving, which subsequently violated his probation. According to Manatee County court records, the man had multiple traffic violations, including reckless driving and DUI. He was held at the Manatee County jail on $1,000 bond, which he posted July 7.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• 900 Gulf Drive N., obstruction. While responding to a burglar alarm, a Bradenton Beach Police Department officer observed a group of subjects become involved in a “violent disturbance” with a motor vehicle driver, who had to stop suddenly to avoid hitting the group. The officer escorted the subjects to a nearby trolley station, at which time four more subjects approached. A woman also approached the officer, claiming the group had been breaking beer bottles nearby on her property. While interviewing the property owner, two of the suspects fled. A female became “verbally abusive” to the officer, who warned her several times to sit down. The woman said, “I know my rights, I’m in the police academy.” After more warnings to stop interfering, the officer went to arrest the woman, at which time a male subject tried to block the officer, who then proceeded to arrest the male. According to the report, the male pulled away from the officer, at which time the officer used pepper spray to subdue him. Both the male and female subjects were arrested for misdemeanor obstruction.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• 12300 block of 46th Avenue, aggravated battery. Two employees of a fishing company were engaged in a verbal dispute. One employee told the other to leave, at which time he was struck in the neck with a hammer. The victim fought back and the suspect fled the area. As of press time, law enforcement was still searching for the suspect.
• A father and his adult daughter became engaged in a verbal argument when the father refused his daughter’s request to give her a ride somewhere. According to the report, the female approached her father in a threatening manner and took a swing at him. The male blocked the first attempt, but a second punch connected to the father’s nose, causing a visible injury. The female claimed her actions were in self defense, alleging her father had grabbed her by the throat and was choking her. MCSO deputies did not observe any injuries to the daughter and arrested her on a misdemeanor battery charge.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
• July 11, 3900 E. Bay Drive, retail theft. Employees at Publix observed a man stealing a four-pack of beer, a beach hat and beach mat. Holmes Beach Police Department was contacted and the suspect was arrested.
• July 5, 100 block of White Avenue, theft. A complainant reported he rode his light blue bicycle to a nearby beach access to watch the July 4 fireworks. When he returned, the bike, valued at $300, was missing.
• July 6, 3300 block of East Bay Drive, suspicious incident. An employee at a local business received a call at work from someone claiming to be her son. The caller said he had been gambling online and owed $6,000 to someone who was “going to hurt me if I don’t pay up,” according to the report. The employee called her husband, who said their son was safe and sound in bed. A customer overheard the conversation and reported to police that a similar call had been made to an employee at another Anna Maria business.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.