Island police blotter – 07-25-2012

Anna Maria

July 11, 100 Bay Blvd., information. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a report of a juvenile spearfishing from the Anna Maria City Pier. The deputy contacted Florida and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which reported the juvenile was not committing a criminal offense. However, the deputy determined spearfishing from the pier violates city ordinances and issued a warning.

July 14, 101 S. Bay Blvd., domestic disturbance. A MCSO deputy responded to a disturbance and found a male and female engaged in a verbal argument. According to the report, the deputy observed no signs of violence, and the couple calmed down and left the area.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

July 13, 200 Gulf Drive N., trespass warning. A Bradenton Beach police officer responded to the BeachHouse Restaurant on a complaint of a female causing a verbal disturbance. Employees asked the woman to leave and escorted her outside. According to the police report, the woman appeared intoxicated. She was slurring her speech as she told officers she was upset that the bartender did not keep her change after buying a drink. Police issued the woman a trespass warning, but she said it didn’t matter, as she was just vacationing from the United Kingdom and “returning to the motherland” the following day.

July 4, 2300 Gulf Drive S., vehicle burglary. A woman reported someone had broken into her vehicle while she was at Coquina Beach July 4, but she did not notice the items she had placed under her seat were missing until a few days later. The complainant valued the missing items at $500.

July 12, 200 Gulf Drive N., theft. A male complainant called BPPD after spotting what he claimed was his stolen surfboard on another vehicle. Police made contact with the driver, who showed a $300 receipt for the board purchase from Craigs list. Since the complainant could not show any proof of ownership, the man was allowed to keep the board until more information became available.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


July 11, 4000 block of 128th Street West, burglary. A male complainant reported three male suspects loaded his barbecue grill into a pickup truck and left the area. The complainant was returning home when he spotted the men and attempted to chase the suspects, but lost them in traffic. According to a MCSO incident report, the theft was captured on video. Two hours later, the complainant called to report that someone also entered his unlocked vehicle and stole several items. Fingerprints were secured.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

July 12, 1504 Suponic Ave., Sarasota, battery. A 48-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested for battery after his girlfriend called police. According to the probable cause affidavit, the woman left her home to go to a neighbor’s house after she claimed her boyfriend began harassing her. The report states the man arrived at the house, walked in and began yelling at the woman. He then allegedly grabbed the woman by her arms, at which point the friend intervened by stepping in between the couple. The two females left the residence to call law enforcement. He was arrested without incident and claimed no argument had occurred.

July 14, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, animal cruelty. A woman complainant reported to the Holmes Beach Police Department that her cat had been tortured. According to the report, the woman let her cat outdoors July 9 and it did not return for two days. When it did return, the woman said the cat was very thin and had an oily substance all over its fur. Police contacted a Manatee County Animal Services officer, who looked the cat over and reported no obvious signs of abuse. The MCAS officer said she would follow up with the cat owner’s veterinarian.

July 15, 1600 block of Holmes Boulevard, suspicious person. HBPD made contact with a salesman going door to door, and learned he had no permit. The man was told he needed a permit. Police contacted the man’s supervisor, who picked him up. The two men left the area.

July 14, 6300 block of Holmes Boulevard, disturbance. HBPD made contact with a female who said the male she was with was keeping her awake when all she wanted to do was to go to sleep. The woman called her mother to come pick her up.

July 14, 6600 block of Gulf Drive, Resorts 66, suspicious incident. A HBPD officer spoke with a property manager, who said all of the tables and chairs around the pool area had been thrown into the swimming pool sometime during the night. She also said someone had knocked over the gas barbecue grill. She suspected a group of young male guests who were in the pool that night making excessive noise, and wanted the incident documented.

July 14, 200 block of 82nd Street, disturbance. A couple attending a barbecue at the listed address became involved in a verbal argument over a damaged cell phone. HBPD responded to the incident and found both people to be intoxicated. The male took a cab home, while the female remained at the residence.

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.

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